Located on the Lucknow-Varanasi highway, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Botanical Garden was established in 1986. Spread across 57 hectares, the garden is situated on the northern bank of the Sai river.
The memorial is not just about plants, flowers and landscaped gardens – it also serves as an educational institute for research scholars, scientists and those who wish to learn more about plant life. The botanical garden is home to several medicinal plants and decorative plants. There is also an onsite rock garden, rose garden, seasonal garden and an aquatic garden, besides a greenhouse.
The Samaspur Bird Sanctuary is located near Salon in Rae Bereli. Set up in the year 1987, it is spread across 780 hectares of land. The sanctuary is a haven of peace and provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Rae Bareli. With more than 250 species of birds, both resident and migrant, the sanctuary is a major birding destination in Uttar Pradesh.
Some of the birds that have made the sanctuary their home include the vulture, kingfisher, spot bill, common teel, vision and whistling teel. The sanctuary also has a lake with several kinds of fish. Both locals and tourists flock here to enjoy the birds, picnic or simply soak up the peace of the environs.
The best time to see the birds is from November to March. This is the time that birds from the high altitudes and other migratory birds fly here for a visit.
Situated on the banks of the holy Ganga, Dalmau is a historical town in the district of Rae Bareli. The town has several attractions to its credit including the King Dal's Fort, Bara Math and Mahesh Giri Math.
Dalmau also enjoys a unique place in the literary world because it was here that the famous Hindi poet, Surya Kant Tripath Nirala wrote his poems while sitting on the fort and overlooking the scene below. Dalmau is also home to the Ebrahim Sharki Palace belonging to Nawab Shuza-ud-daula. Visitors can also see the Baithak of Alhaa Udal and enjoy a stroll along the Dalmau Pump Canal.
One of the most ancient cities of the district of Rai Bareli, Jais was during its heyday, the capital of King Udyan. It is also believed that Malik Mohammad Jaisi, a great poet who wrote Padmavat and Akhrawat, was born here. There is a memorial, Jaisi Samrak that commemorates him.