Best time to visit9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open hours8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Things to dowildlife tours, bird watching, photography
BudgetIndians- INR 40, Foreigners- INR 400, Rickshaw rides- INR 100
Best MonthsDecember - February
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples, Friends
Rank1 out of 10 attractions in Bharatpur
Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, this is an UNESCO World Heritage Site which was once a hunting ground of the Maharajas. This place is a beautiful wetland and a land rich in the diversity of flora and fauna. Though the water supply is a standing problem but this has been compensated by many other advantages. This is also the only National Park which is surrounded by a wall which protects it from the fear of encroachment and any outside attacks. Spread over a large area, this place was legalised by the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and other necessary laws. This was earlier on an ordinary wildlife sanctuary but was later given the rating of a national park. Migratory birds from far- off countries and the gorgeous wild animals are worth seeing here. The animals are allowed to roam around freely within a given boundary and thus they also feel at home. Wildlife safaris are the best thing you can do over here apart from some peaceful hours of bird watching especially during the early hours of the day.
Places to stay near Keoladeo National Park
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Principal attractions of Bharatpur National Park are Cranes, Pelicans, Ducks, Flycatchers, Wagtails and many other species. If you wish to see migratory birds flocking the landscape then October to March will be the best time to visit. But if you would like to know more about the resident breeding species, then we suggest that April to September will be good for the purpose.
Sunday morning, we enjoyed the company of resident and migratory birds, appreciating natural environment in the wetlands till Noon.
The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is now called the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Thankfully, however, the name change hasn't dented the fabulous experience you can have here watching birds. The national park is one of the richest bird areas in the world, and is known for the nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds. Formerly a duck-hunting reserve for the Maharajas of Rajasthan, the sanctuary hosts 364 species of birds from all over, including Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Keoladeo is well-connected via road, rail and air. The best time to visit is September to March, and the Hotel Bharatpur Ashok, inside the park, is a great place to stay.
The story of Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary goes back to a time when the ruling British viceroys would hunt birds in the area by avocation. Over 4,500 birds were killed in a single day, bringing the nature conservationist Salim Ali to tears. He begged the then king to declare the forest a bird sanctuary and prohibit hunting altogether. The king agreed and named the sanctuary after a naturally occurring shivling found inside the park, called Keoladeo.This man-made and man-managed wetland is home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species and 50 kinds of fish. During the migratory season, the species of birds increase and become a sight that attracts birdwatchers from all around the world.
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Recently, I went for a weekend trip with my friends to “City of Birds” or “Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan” i.e. Bharatpur. Bharatpur is an average Indian small town which is still at bay from the mall culture akin to metros and resembles the picture of India beyond some glamorous city.Since, I was travelling after a long time in Roadways bus, the ride was little uncomfortable and a bumpy one for me. The heat continuously lashed my face from the broken window of the bus and it reminded me of my college days when I travelled in roadways bus to save money. I reached the Bharatpur Bus Terminal at around 3 pm and view was typical to many small cities in the country.
One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Keoladeo, the name derives from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the centre of the park. 'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the area. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.While many of India's parks have been developed from the hunting preserves of princely India, Keoladeo, popularly known as Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, is perhaps the only case where the habitat has been created by a maharaja. In earlier times, Bharatpur town used to be flooded regularly every monsoon. In 1760, an earthen dam (Ajan Dam) was constructed, to save the town, from this annual vagary of nature. The depression created by extraction of soil for the dam was cleared and this became the Bharatpur Lake.At the beginning of this century, this lake was developed, and was divided into several portions. A system of small dams, dykes, sluice gates, etc., was created to control water level in different sections. This became the hunting preserve of the Bharatpur royalty, and one of the best duck - shooting wetlands in the world. Hunting was prohibited by mid-60s. The area was declared a national park on 10 March 1982, and accepted as a World Heritage Site in December 1985.Climate &amp; RainfallBharatpur is located on the fringes of the Thar Desert. This marshy land has very warm climate. Summers are invariably hot and winters are not very cold. The temperature ranges from a maximum of 48°C in summers (May and June) to around 5°C in winters (December to February).Carry light cottons during summers and woolens during winters. Rainfall is less but sufficient.FloraThe term 'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the area. The principal vegetation types are tropical dry deciduous trees, intermixed with dry grassland in areas where forest has been tainted. Apart from the artificially managed marshes; much of the area is covered by medium-sized trees and shrubs.The north east area of the park is mostly dominated by jamun (Syzygium cumini), babul (Acacia nilotica) and kadam (Mitragyna parvifolia). The open woodland is mostly babul with a little amount of ber and kandi. Ber and kair dominates the Scrublands.Piloo (Salvadora persica) are also present in the park and happens to be only woody plants found in saline soil. The aquatic vegetation is rich and provides food source for waterfowls.FaunaThe major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, which come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.How to ReachBharatpur is easily reached by bus or train, also private cabs from New Delhi or Agra can be hired. The Park is pretty close to the bus stand and railway station.By Air Delhi and Jaipur are the nearest airports for Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.BY RAIL The nearest railway station is Bharatpur Junction which is 5 kms. away.BY ROAD Bharatpur is well connected with other parts of the country by very fine roads. You can travel through your own vehicle too. Although there are regular buses are available from Delhi, Mathura, Jaipur, Alwar and neighboring.Travel TipsVisitors are advised to reach the gate half an hour in advance to complete the formalities for entry into the park.Best Time to VisitBharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year; still the ideal visiting months are from August-November for resident breeding birds and October- February for migrant birds.
Hotel Bharatpur Ashok, the forest lodge is situated 1.8 kms inside Keoladeo National Park from the main entry gate of the bird sanctuary. Multi cuisine restaurant serving - Indian, Continental, Chinese and Local delicacies. All major Credit Cards accepted, Doctor on call, Laundry, Broadband Internet connectivity, Money Changer, Internet, Parking facilities, Postal Services, Row boats for closer view of the Birds, Safe Deposit, Campfire parties on request, Car Rental, Guide for Bird Sanctuary and other sightseeing plans.
Quite popular among bird watchers, this lovely national park is a must visit for its tranquility and peace.
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 winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily used as a waterfowl hunting ground. The 29 km2 (11 sq mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India.
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 winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily used as a waterfowl hunting ground. The 29 km2 (11 sq mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering breeding etc. The Sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. It is known for nesting of its resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. The rare Siberian cranes used to winter in this park but this central population of Siberian cranes is now extinct. According to Sir Peter Scott Keoladeo Sanctuary is the world’s best bird area.
With my trip meter reading at 301, I reached the Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary). It’s a quiet place with lots of greenery in & out. Spread over 29 sq. kilometers, the park extends habitat to over 230 species of migratory & local birds and a variety of animals. On top of that, authorities have let loose some options to wander the place. One can chose to take the most popular form of transport in there which is by rickshaw charging 100 bucks/hour. Apart from this one can walk around as well but that’s going to be like a 6 hour hike, not so feasible I suppose. And there’s another option, which is to take a bicycle along with some minimal fare on per hour basis. Without a doubt, I took the third option & got hold of a nice bike for myself.
If you are a bird lover, you would definitely want to be here in winters and meet various migratory birds that have travelled miles to reach here... Beautiful wetlands.
Day 3: After breakfast, we set off in our bikes to Bharatpur, taking a culturally packed route through the beautiful countryside, temples and farms. We reach Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds.
We begin cycling in the morning and arrive at the richest, well-protected wildlife zones in India- The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or the Keoladeo National Park as it is known today. It is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 360 species of birds and provides the largest nestling ground for birds in the country. This area is well-protected wetland and is a world heritage site and one of the most popular national parks in the country. We spend some time here and then ride to Karauli.