Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur
Categories: National Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Internationally revered as one of the top bird-watching spots on the globe, Keoladeo National Park occupies a spot on the World Heritage List. A patchwork of woodlands, dry grasslands, swamps, and wetlands, this 29 sq km (11 sq mi) park provides a protected sanctuary to over 364 species of indigenous and migratory birds, including the rare Siberian crane. Explore clearly marked trails, winding through a diverse habitat by foot or by bike, or hire a rickshaw for a tour with a local puller trained in bird-watching. October until March remains the most popular visiting time with ornithologists, as this is the migratory period for the majority of the park's birdlife. Bring plenty of water and don't forget your binoculars. Arrange to visit Keoladeo National Park and other attractions in Bharatpur using our Bharatpur travel itinerary planner.
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Located somewhat along the highway from Jaipur to Agra, this is actually a very good World Heritage Site that many tend to ignore. It is actually a very good place to see species of special birds. Tak... read more »
I was really happy with this sanctuary. The government has done a good job of protecting and maintaining this sanctuary. The sanctuary opens at 6:30 am which is the perfect time to start the birding. ... read more »
The time we visited the park was not the best time . It was afternoon of september 2016 and hence too hot to walk through or even cycle. Despite the heat , we found the park really beautiful and sceni... read more »
Perfect weekend getaway. Very beautiful. Be sure to bring your best camera here & spend 5-6 hours. From majestic birds to lazy pythons, you will love everything.
Koleodeo National Park (KNP) is only 15 miles from Fatehpur Sikri so if you plan for Fatehpur Sikri, come to Bharatpur (it takes less than half hr) for a night stay, take a morning trip to the Bird Sanctuary and then go back. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is beautifully green and worth a morning. Bicycles are available for the young ones along with rickshaw, batteries even tongas as other options.
One of three best Forests of Rajasthan (other being Sariska & Ranthambore) and the best Bird Sanctuary in North India. You can easily sight Kingfisher, Snakebird, etc. in winters. Watch-out for exotic world bird species here. TIP: Only hire the Govt. authorised Guides/Rickshaws (in Khaki uniform with badges) as only they know what to sight and where.
It's apparently tame , I can tell you that , but Nature and wildlife finds a way and that's exactly what you'll be delighted by if you take a silent bicycle ride or walk inside the thick groves and thin trails of the sanctuary . Rare bird life is unfortunately on the decline as the area becomes increasingly dry , But that said , The sheer variety of winged fauna we identified , heard and glimpsed over the 3-4 days we spent , easily passed a few hundred , I'll visit again one day :)
Should visit in winters, go in morning and get a cycle on rent. Rickshaws are too slow to go on. Better be there before 10 am to enjoy most of it.
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