Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur

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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. Make Keoladeo National Park a centerpiece of your Bharatpur vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bharatpur day trip planning site .
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  • The Nature reserve is an artificial marshland crammed with different species of native and migratory species. There is a 2.5km straight road that infiltrates the reserve with marshland either side. If...  more »
  • It was my first visit to sanctuary. Really wroth visiting. Ample opportunities to see many local & migratory birds. Excellent locations to capture many species of birds in their habitat. Winter is the...  more »
  • We visited the Keoladeo NP at sunrise with a local guide and with the service of two rickshaws. Was wonderful; saw jackal, wide boar, antelopes, deer, and of course loads of birds: storks, kingfishers...  more »
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  • I went here in Jan 2018, both with the group of friends (20-30 years) and with my family (4-55 years). The national park is very well maintained and probably the easiest to spot wildlife than many other parks I have been to! The rickshaw drivers are also well trained guides and most of them know the hotspots of various birding sites. We saw almost 55 species, the highlights being green pigeon, Saras Crane, spotted owlet pair, grey night-jar and Ibis. When we were leaving the park a little after sunset, it was the most beautiful contrasting imagery since the rhesus macaques, deer, jackals all started reclaiming the spaces as the birds went to roost and the humans left the park. Highly recommended for a peaceful break for people of all ages. Do hire a guide with a good telescope and carry your binoculars!
  • A fine sanctuary to see a lot of migrating birds. The best time to visit is Winters. A guide can help you a lot better to find and watch different birds even at far corner and places. The park has been very well maintained.
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Park is home to many resident bird species, and also plays host to a number of migratory bird species. Jackals, deer, wild boars and other fauna can be found as well. Take a trip on a cycle rickshaw, or walk by yourself. A truly beautiful place, which provides an enriching experience. Worth visiting multiple number of times!
  • It's really best place for bird lover. But try to avoid fog season. You'll not able to click clear pics though scenes are so b'ful in such days. You can find many varieties of birds specially water birds. In Winter, if you are patient enough you may find snake, python and monitor lizard etc. Minimum 2 day if u want to explore it completely on foot by yourself. Have lucky trip.
  • One of the best birding hotspots in the world. It's a man made and man managed swampy area that is habitat for countless resident and migratory birds. Best visiting time is between October and March. Entry fee is nominal and you can roam inside on foot or hire cycles or rickshaws. You can also get guides on hire.

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Where to stay in Bharatpur

To the north of the fort sit the most budget-friendly places to stay in Bharatpur, including guesthouses and hostels. Located close to the railway station, they offer a convenient place to stay when just arriving. To the south lie the main hotels of the old town area, including both budget and upmarket options. Things get a little more spacious around the bird sanctuary to the south, where you'll find rental villas with pleasant grounds, as well as some lodges and guesthouses.
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