Siberian Birds at the Sangam

The arrival of these annual visitors — the Siberian birds — at the Sangam in Allahabad heralds the onset of winters. With the onset of winters, these Siberian birds spread their wings to take flight of thousands of kilometres all the way from Siberia via Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The Siberian birds diving at the Sangam in Allahabad.

Various species of Siberian birds migrate to wetlands in India during the winter season when their home grounds near the Arctic zone freeze. With the temperature and other weather conditions suited for their survival and breeding, these migratory birds have chosen these water bodies as their winter abode.

Siberian gulls hover over Sangam

The whiteness of the birds is dazzling on the waters of Ganga and Yamuna. These Siberian birds present a mesmerising view at the Sangam throughout the winter season, as if waiting to take holy dip along with the pilgrims.

Siberian gulls diving to catch food at the Sangam in Allahabad
Siberian gulls diving to catch food at the Sangam in Allahabad

These birds map their route of arrival like a magnetic compass needle and would follow the exact route on their way back home. Sangam is thus a confluence not only of the three holy rivers, but also of cultures and our foreign friends.

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