Another spot which not every tourist visits is the Harike Pattan Bird Sanctuary which I visited. In 1982, Harike Pattan was officially declared a bird sanctuary and in 1992 it was identified as one of the sites for conservation under the Indian National Wetland Programme. Harike Pattan is today a vital staging post and winter home to waterfowl, including some globally threatened species and is the second largest bird sanctuary of India. Harike Pattan becomes a refuge to over 361 species of birds, 140 of who believed to breed here, throughout the year. I could not spend so much time, but I sure did spend one whole day at the Sanctuary and the environment and would have loved to spend more in the flora and fauna.