Another picnic spot like Musa Bagh, is a crocodile sanctuary. On the outskirts of Lucknow, it also houses a large number of deer, birds and other animals which can be seen in their natural habitat.
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary -
km from Lucknow, on the Lucknow-Kanpur Highway, the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is a seasonal home of rare Siberian migratory birds. Some of the birds that make their way across the continent to get here are pigeons, the common teal, pochard, shoveler, purple moor hen and parakeet. The best season to spend a few days here is between October and March.
A shining example of Hindu-Muslim unity, Deva Sharief, 25 km from Lucknow, is a religious shrine. The tomb of Syed Haji Waris Ali Shah is here. During the months of October and November, the Deva Mela is held, which attracts thousands of devotees from all over the country.
Dudhwa National Park
The thick sal forests and grassy lowlands -- typical Terai landscape -- of Dudhwa National Park is home to unusual animal species. The Sarda river meanders along the border of this park and the Neora and Sohel river run through creating slushy marshland frequented by the swamp deer. Situated 238 km from Lucknow in the North Lakhimpur-Kheri district, this national park's star attraction is the Royal Bengal tiger. About 100 tigers are believed to still roam this region. The Indian rhino was also introduced here to save it from extinction. Leopards, elephants, bears, gharial, crocodile, and spotted deer inhabit the thick forests too.