The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
(officially known as Keoladeo Ghana National
Park) is both a significant World Heritage Site and a national park.
Sprawling over an area of 29 sq km, it is initially a bird sanctuary
sheltering a variety of avian species, both resident and migratory.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
begins teeming with life with the first shower of
the rainy season. Chirrups, twitters, cheeps and even shrieks! But, the
actual drama occurs when the winter migrants arrive here from as far as
Siberia and Central Asia and mingle with the residents, resulting into the
cacophony that is Bharatpur National Park.
Best Time : August to
November/ October to February
Wildlife Species in Bharatpur Bird
Entry Fee : Rs 25 (Indians)/ Rs 200 (Foreigners)
vegetation of the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary chiefly comprises kadam forests
and grasslands. Shallow lakes also cover a considerable part of the parks
area. So, there is an opportunity for you to explore the avian riches in a
boat. Bird sanctuary happens to shelter around 350 exotic species of birds.
Bird watchers and ornithologists keep coming here time and again.
The cynosure of all eyes in the sanctuary is ofcourse the Siberian Crane, a
highly endangered species. Winter migrants arrive in December and make their
stay here until early March. Most commonly sighted bird species include
pelicans, geese, ducks, ibises, egrets, eagles, hawks, warblers, wheatears,
flycatchers, buntings, larks, shanks, stints, wagtails and pipits among
Mammals and reptiles also attract a good number of spectators here. The
prominent among mammalian species are golden jackal, striped hyena, fishing
cat, jungle cat, nilgai, sambar, blackbuck, wild boar etc. Reptile lovers
can enjoy the sights of the python soaking up the warm sun.
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Remember to visit the Bharatpur Palace which is yet another example
from Rajasthan typifying a fine blend of the Rajput and the Mughal
- Another attraction for visitors to the sanctuary is the Lohagarh
Fort. The fort happens to be one of the most invincible strictures in
Rajasthan belonging to the medieval period.
- Also visit the Bharatpur Government Museum which lies close to the
Bharatpur Palace. Here, you will come to see royal antiquities belonging
to the royal families of Bharatpur.
- Enjoy a boat ride along the Bharatpur Lake, either in the morning or
evening. Its an experience you would love to remember. The Forest
Department offers boats on hire.
- You can also choose to take a leisurely rickshaw ride through the
sanctuary. And dont underestimate the rickshaw-pullers, as they
have been specially trained by the forest officials.
Tourists can easily fly to the Kheria Airport of Agra, 56 km away. Further,
they can hire a tourist taxi or take a bus to get to the national park. One
can also access Bharatpur by rail, as the Bharatpur Railway Station is a
convenient railhead, lying at a distance of 6 km from the sanctuary. Regular
train services connect Bharatpur with important cities like Delhi (200 km),
Jaipur (176 km) and Agra (56 km).
During your trip to the Bharatpur National Park, you can choose to stay at
the wildlife resorts and lodges to add much to your experience. Available
options are as follows.
- Bharatpur Forest Lodge
- Laxmi Vilas Palace
- The Bagh Resort
- Birders Inn