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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
: The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.
Area : The sanctuary is spread over an area of 29-sq-kms.
time to Visit : The best time to visit the sanctuary is from August to November
for seeing the resident breeding birds and October to February for the migrant
About the park
Bird Sanctuary is the other name given to Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary,
which is a great waterfowl habitat and was created by a Maharaja. The National
Park gets its name from God Keoladeo, an aspect of Lord Shiva, a temple dedicated
to whom is built within the park. Here Ghana means dense and implies
towards the thick forest, which coveres the area. Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary
expands over an area 29 square meters which isn't much for a national park but
has a great variety of flora.
Flora :11-sq-kms of the 29 sq
kms of the sanctuary is covered by the marshy land and the rest of the area is
covered by scrubland and grasslands.
Spotted Deer, Sambhars, Blue Bull, Black Buck, Jackals, Otters, Fishing Cats and
Monitor Lizards are the various animals found in the city.
Migratory birds come to the sanctuary from all over the world
beginning of winters. Migratory birds found in the sanctuary are the various species
ofCranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers,
Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits. Migratory birds from Siberia
and Central Asia spend their winters in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, before going
back to their breeding grounds. The birds starts gathering here from the month
of August and returns back to there homeland in February. Visitors include Coot
Snipes, Spanish Sparrow, Red Crested Porhard, Rosy Pelican and Flamingo but the
main attraction is the arrival of the rare Siberian Crane.
TripThe Keoladeo or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary covers an area of
29 sq km with well-defined treks, which can easily be covered on foot or on a
cycle which is the best way or one can even hire a rickshaw where the rickshaw
pullers have been trained by the park management in bird watching and are quite
knowledgeable. One can even opt for boats which are easily available on hire and
a boat trip early in the morning or late evening is a great experience. One should
carry a pair of binoculars for watching the birds.
The nearest airport from Bharatpur is Agra which
is 56 km away. The railway station is 6 km from the park and it has rail links
to all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. Bharatpur is linked
to all the major cities of the Rajasthan and its neighbouring states like Delhi,
Uttar Pradesh, Haryana via a good network of roadways.
How to Reach
are various places of interest located in the vicinity of Bharatpur National Park.
Among these the first is the Government Museum, Bharatpur, which transports the
visitor to the bygone era. Close to the museum lies the Bharatpur Palace, which
speak volumes about the Mughal and Rajput architecture. Lohagarh Fort, which remained
invincible despite several attacks by the British is another important attraction
which should not be missed. Just 32 kms from Bharatpur, is the Deeg Palace which
is a strong and massive fort with many palaces and gardens and used to be the
summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur.