Go here for: Wildlife, Weekend Breaks, Birdwatching
Bharatpur was formed in 1733 by Maharaja Surajmal - one of the greatest
Jat rulers of the state. Today, Bharatpur is an ideal weekend gateway
for Delhites and for travellers in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Travellers from different parts of the country flock this sanctuary,
especially in winter season to see the migratory birds.
The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary as it is popular called, has been baptized as 'Ornithologist's Paradise'. Due to the favourable environmental conditions and easy availability of nutritious food in the park, the sanctuary attract thousands of indigenous as well as migratory birds every year including the world-renowned Siberian cranes.
The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is scattered around 29 sq km, in which 10 sq km comprises of fresh water marshes, shallow lakes and bogs. This is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the country and is located in the northwestern region of Rajasthan. About one third of the total birds here are migrants many of whom come in winter before returning to their breeding grounds as far away as Siberia and Central Asia.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is home to over 400 species of birds including cranes, pelicans, geese, ducks, wagtails, warblers, coot spines, Spanish sparrow, red crusted forehead and many more.
The park is open all year. The best time visit the park is from November to March, when migratory birds flock to Bharatpur.
Accommodation in Bharatpur is available in various heritage and budget hotels. Laxmi Vilas Palace and the ITDC Bharatpur Forest Lodge are good places to stay in Bharatpur. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 57 kilometers from Agra and 186 km from Delhi.Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Timings & Entry Details
Timings: 6 am – 6 pm
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Entry Fee: Indians - Rs. 25; Foreigners - Rs. 200; Guide Fee - Rs 75/ hr; Video Camera – Rs. 200; Bicycle Hire – Rs. 30/ day; Cycle Rickshaw – Rs. 50-75/ hr
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