Bharatpur

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, better known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the best waterbird preserves in the world and is a beautiful tree-shaded wonderland of water-bodies and marshes. It is an ideal retreat for birdwatchers and has the singular honour of being the Siberian Cranes only known wintering ground in India. Bird gazing and enjoying nature is what Bharatpur is all about. You can hire a cycle and explore the sanctuary. You can also hire a guide in as they would point out even the most secretive of birds. Bharatpur is well connected by roads and railways and the nearest airport is at Agra.
Best time to visit: October to February
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Brij Bhasha
Climate: Very hot summers and cold winters
Natures Bounty: Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

A trip to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the summer season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made theNational Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores ofornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site.[2]

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Keoladeo National Park: A Birding Paradise in India

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As a recent traveler to this bird sanctuary I’ll definitely leave you with a few things to expect at the park. Do take a bicycle or rickshaw at the entry gate. Whereas the old model of cycle costs INR 20, the trendier cycles will cost you INR 40. This time of the season, don’t expect boating. We were told that currently boating option is unavailable. The park is quite big but to have best chances of spotting various birds you should arrive well before dawn. A trip to this national park is a must to do thing if you are a traveler and have interest in birding. From this park we went ahead to visit Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra. An accounting of these two breathtaking destinations will be due :-)

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Wildlife Trails- A trip to the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur

Wildlife Trails- A trip to the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur

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The main attractions are the peacocks, deers and jackal sightings around the restaurant during night time together with the boisterous cacophony of the ecstatic birds through the day. Imagine how exciting could it be living that close to animals we only witness on wildlife channels and breathing the fresh intoxicating cool breeze in a moonlit night.

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Golden Triangle – Bharatpur, Jaipur

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Once it came, there was lot of confusion about the number of buses, seats etc. and it ate away lot of precious time. We eventually got seats in the front of the bus. The bus then went around picking up people from RTDC hotels. Anyways, once everyone settled we began the tour. Our guide was an interesting character to be seen apart from the attractions. He wore a listening device in ear, kohl in eyes, safari suit with a hat and broken english. We visited Hawa Mahal but did not stop, then Jantar Mantar, City Palace and then a handicraft store.

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Kaila Devi Darshan – The deity of Durga Ma

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After crossing the Karauli town, you will get the picturesque location of hills on left and the Kalisil River on the right side. Karauli is now extended sanctuary of Rathambore and is renamed as a Kaila Devi wildlife sanctuary. Your tiredness of 300KM journey vanishes from the picturesque location.

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