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All days of the week
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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National Highway 11, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 302001, India
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for foreign tourists
for rickshaw ride
All days of the week
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

how to reach bharatpur bird sanctuary

The nearest airports are at New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Bharatpur has a railhead. The NH 11 connects Bharatpur to the major cities nearby. Being the central attraction of Bharatpur town, this bird sanctuary is easily accessible by road and quick to locate. Special rickshaws and cycles of different prices are available to go inside the sanctuary.

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about bharatpur bird sanctuary

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is popularly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It has been often referred to as 'Ornithologist's Paradise', as it attract thousands of indigenous as well as migratory birds annually which also includes the world-renowned Siberian cranes, given its favourable environmental conditions and easy availability of nutritious food. Spread over an area of 29 sq km, out of which 10 sq km comprises of fresh shallow lakes,water marshes and bogs, it plays host to the most amazing and unbelievable variety of feathered ambassadors across the globe. One of the finest bird sanctuaries in the country, it is located in the northwestern region of Rajasthan.

Keoladeo is India's premier wildlife sanctuaries and a declared a World Heritage Site in 1985. This enormous assemblage of birds was created at the behest of Prince Bhamji of Morvi (Gujarat) in the early years of 20th century. Although the wilderness and the rich flora and fauna existed as early as 250 years ago when the sanctuary used to be the hunting ground for the maharajas of Bharatpur. Later, it was used for recreation events like duck shoots in honour of British officers. Post-Independence, it was established as a national park on 10 March 1982. The place was established as a national park on 10 March 1982, after having been designated as a bird sanctuary on 13 March 1976 and a Ramsar site under the Wetland Convention in October 1981.

The  Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary  has rich vegetation and a variety of rare flora with tropical dry deciduous forest, intermixed with dry grassland. The north-east part of the park is covered with forests, consisting mainly of kalam or kadam, jamun and babul. The scrublands consist of ber and kair, while the open woodland is mostly babul with a small amount of kandi and ber.  Migratory birds are the main draw to the park in the months of the winter season. Several birds from as far away as places such as Siberia and Central Asia flock the beautiful park and spend the season in Bharatpur. Migratory birds here include several species of hawks, ducks, eagles, cranes, pelicans, wagtails, shanks, geese, warblers, buntings, flycatchers, stints, wheatears, larks and pipits. For maximizing your bird watching experience, opt for the routes near the swamps. During winters, the sheer variety of birds will surprise you with the birds ranging from waders from the godwit family to with over-sized bills and tiny stints abound in shallow muddy areas of the park.

Other than the birds, there is a wide variety of mammals, like feral cattle, Blue bull and spotted deer are common while sambar just to name a few, a variety of macro invertebrates such as insects, worms and mollusks.

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Photographers' delight
Nov 11 2014
The bird sanctuary at Bharatpur is popular and for good reason. Get here around January-February when the migratory birds pay a visit. There is a car parking half a kilometre inside the gate of the sanctuary and one needs to either take a cycle ricks ...... read more
Must visit for bird lovers
Jun 22 2014
Keoladeo ghana bird sanctuary is a must visit for bird lovers. Migratory birds flock to huge numbers in the winter season. The national park is relatively small. However, the most unique thing about this national park is the cycle rickshaw which is u ...... read more