I dedicated this day to the bird sanctuary. Why? Because it will be a crime to omit the sanctuary, which is unfortunately the only tourist attraction this city is known for! Also, i am a bird enthusiast so i take every chance i get to watch these beautiful descendents of dinosaurs.As i said earlier, while the sanctuary is well known in the birdwatchers community, conventional tourists don't have much of an idea about this gem of a place. In fact, you don't have to be a birdwatcher in order to enjoy the serenity of this place.The sanctuary has one very obvious entry point located at the 'Saras Chauraha' in Bharatpur, evidently named after Saras bird. Once you enter, you need to pay a nominal entry fee. There are additional facilities such as bicycle on rent, guided jeeps, rickshaw on rent, and binoculars on rent available. The sanctuary isn't too big so one can cover it on foot as well.I chose to rent the bicycle as i find riding it fun! The entire sanctuary is fairly easy to scale as it is just one straight road surrounded by shallow grassy waters on both sides. You can easily see birds flocking on random bushes and nesting between the grasses. If you are a birdwatcher, you would be delighted to see a hundred different varieties of ducks, storks, and egrets eating and splish-splashing in the water. I suggest renting binoculars to see the details and differentiate between species.The sanctuary has numerous knowledgeable rickshaw pullers and guides around, but i didn't hire any. I decided to lurk around one of the rickshaw pullers who was guiding another bunch of tourists, to gather some details about the birds.Approximately halfway through the sanctuary, boating facility is also available. The boat takes you deeper in the wetlands on either side, making its way through the grasses, to spot birds such as painted storks and Egrets fishing in the water. There are not too many boats and the place isn't commercialised, which makes the whole boating experience a treat for the eyes. If you are a photographer, this place is ideal for getting a beautiful profile picture without worrying about the crowds.Apart from a very obvious straight road that is taken by most people, there are a couple of paths less taken by tourists. If you decide to go down one of those, you will find yourself surrounded by a jungle of cactuses on both sides, and occasionally deers, peacocks, and snakes as well. I was fortunate enough to spot an Indian spotted python chilling in the sun.At every kilometer inside the sanctuary, you will find small canteens that offer hot Maggi and tea for nominal amounts. By the time you reach the end of the road, you will find a watch tower that overlooks endless fields and shallow marshlands. It is an excellent spot to end your day watching the sunset.I was not very happy to return back, post sunset, after spending a fabulous day among nature. The sanctuary closes at sunset and the guards make sure there is nobody remaining behind. Fortunately, there is nothing sad enough that a bowl of tomato soup can't fix in winters. I had one in the hotel as the city doesn't have too many fancy restaurants. Later, i decided to call it a day.
This Bharatpur is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The city is situated 180 km south of India's capital, New Delhi.It is now renamed to Keoladeo National ParkAnd a decent place for a weekend gateway.Why Bharatpur? Because its close to new Delhi-NCR if you live here, and it gives you a good “nature” experienceYou can also ride a bicycle in this national park, they give it on rental basis.Don’t forget to carry your identity card its must.
आइये आप लोगों को राजस्थान के तीन खूबसूरत और शानदार शहरों के सफर पर ले चलता हूँ।बात उन दिनों की है जब मैं अपने इंजीनियरिंग की पढ़ाई के तीसरे साल में था। 28 दिसम्बर 2014 को मेरे ममेरे भाई का फोन आया और उसने बोला कि नये साल पर राजस्थान की ट्रिप पर चलते हैं। उस समय कॉलेज की ठंडक की छुटियाँ शुरू हुई थी तो मैं भी तैयार हो गया। नये साल शुरू होने से पहले ही 31 दिसम्बर की रात को मेरी दोस्त से लड़ाई हो गई एक छोटी सी बात को लेकर। तो मैंने उसको शांत करने के लिए बोल दिया कि ठीक है कल तुम भी हमारे साथ चलना। फिर क्या सुबह मैं और मेरा भाई दोनो निकलने के लिए तैयार हुए तो देखा कि वो भी तैयार होकर आ गई थी। अब बोल दिया था तो क्या कर सकता था। सुबह 7 बजे हम लोग मथुरा बस स्टैंड से भरतपुर के लिए बस पकड़कर निकल लिए राजस्थान की यात्रा पर। बस का किराया 40 रुपये था। मथुरा से भरतपुर ज्यादा दूर है नही इसलिए हम सुबह 8:30 तक भरतपुर पहुंच गए। बस से उतरने के बाद हम लोगो ने आमलेट और चाय का नाश्ता किया। वहाँ सबसे पहले हम केवलादेव नेशनल पार्क गए। और 60 रुपये का एंट्री टिकट लिया। रिक्सा वाले घुमाने के 400 मांग रहे थे तो हम लोग पैदल ही घूमने निकल पड़े पार्क की आने जाने की दूरी लगभग 9 किलोमीटर है। हल्की बारिश हो रही थी तो सफर में चार चांद लग गये। केवलादेव पार्क बेहद खूबसूरत और शानदार है। हम दोपहर तक वही घूमते रहे।
Next day was completely dedicated to Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, famously known as Ghana (dense forest). Dec and Jan being the season of migratory birds, we were in for a feast. We started our day at 8 with some nice kachoris and jalebis and entered the Bird Sanctuary at around 9 AM. A guide and a long range camera is must before you plan a visit to any Bird Sanctuary. One needs to take entry ticket and opt for a rickshaw/ cycle. For amateurs, it is advisable to take a guide, as they are well trained in locating birds in their natural habitat. As the area is a swamp and marshy, it makes it conducive for a lot of birds to get their feed, housing and laying eggs. There are about 12 such swamps and for a serious bird watching enthusiast, 1 day is not enough.
Keolade0 National Park( Bird Sanctuary)-