Asan Travel Destination
This is an ideal place for bird lovers, Ornithologists and Naturalists alike, who can travel easily up to the Asan barrage, and see thousands of birds who have travelled miles to be there. To watch a mallard or a red crested pochard, gently swimming a few hundred yards in wilderness is indeed an unforgettable sight.
Birds in Asan Barrage
Asan Barrage serves as a winter passage halt for trans-Himalayan migratory birds. These birds are spotted here on their way to southern India (October-November) and again on their way back (late February-March). By the end of October the Asan witnesses the arrival of migrants from Pale arctic region. The first to arrive is the shoveller followed by ruddy shelduck, mallard, coot, cormorant, egrets, wagtails, pond heron to name a few. Birds of prey like pallas fishing eagle, marsh harrier, greater spotted eagle, osprey and steppe eagle add to this magnificent diversity.
Birds: Greylag, Brahminy, C.Teal, Mallard, C. Pochard
Birds: Gadwall, Wigeon, RC pochard, Tufted
Birds: Pintail, Shoveller
Asan Weather and Climate
Summers : max. 38C, min. 14C;
Winters : max. 21C, min. 2C;
Average Rainfall : 250 cm;
Monsoons: during June to September.
Best Time to Visit Asan Barrage
Winters might be the most exciting season for the bird lovers, but for the serious birdwatcher the other months of the year (early May to September end) offer just as exciting opportunities to see local migrants like painted stork, open billed stork, night heron. A flock of 25- 40 painted storks can be seen in these months every year.
Location of Asan Conservation Reserve
Asan Barrage located at the confluence of River Yamuna and Asan near Dhalipur village is nearby. The Asan Reservoir is a small man-made wetland of ca. 4 sq km area, located 40 km west of Dehradun, in the west of Dehradun valley on Dehradun-Paonta road.
Asan Barrage is located in near Dakpathar on Uttarkhand-Himachal border ( It is a small barrage situated at the confluence of Asan river and eastern Yamuna canal. It is situated on the northwest of Dehradun city near Uttarakhand-Himachal Border.). You can view its location on Google Map below.