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BHARATPUR BIRD SANCTUARY


The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or—as many people prefer to call it—the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is situated between Agra and Jaipur. This north Indian sanctuary is situated in the country’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, about 190 km from the national capital of Delhi.

Conservation efforts originally started by Dr. Salim Ali received a further impetus when the area was deemed a national park in March 1982. In 1985, Bharatpur was accepted as a World Heritage Site.

Bharatpur hosts a variety of bird species from across the globe. Close to 380 species of birds are found in this 29 sq km stretch, approximately 10 sq km of which comprises of marshes and bogs. Rest of the area comprises of scrublands, grasslands and more than 44,000 trees that are used for nesting by birds each year. This rather intriguing blend of marshes, woodland and flora found here represents and, at the same time, substantiates the density and diversity of the region’s forest cover.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BHARATPUR

The city center is a mere 3 km from the park and has its own fare share of oddities, bazaars and night markets that are definitely worth a visit. Also worth visiting is the Laxmi Vilas Palace that houses a museum. The city of Agra, which is just 55 km from Bharatpur, has one of the most magnificent monuments ever built the romantic Taj Mahal, a veritable poem in stone built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan.

AROUND THE BHARATPUR SANCTUARY

The city center is a mere 3 km from the park and has its own fare share of oddities, bazaars and night markets that are definitely worth a visit. Also worth visiting is the Laxmi Vilas Palace that houses a museum. The city of Agra, which is just 55 km from Bharatpur, has one of the most magnificent monuments ever built—the romantic Taj Mahal, a veritable poem in stone built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan.

GETTING THERE

Bharatpur is on the Agra–Jaipur highway, just a two-hour journey by bus from Agra (55 km) and an hour from Fatehpur Sikri. The nearest rail junction is Bharatpur, which is well connected to Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and many other parts of India. Private as well as state transport buses link Bharatpur with other parts of Rajasthan.The mode of transport for getting around the sanctuary is a bicycle. Cycle-rickshaws may also be hired. Boats are available for hire from the ticket checkpoint. Boating is an excellent idea for getting around the Keoladeo Lake and observing the birds at close quarters.

FACTFILE : Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Location of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary: Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India

Area covered : 29 sq km 

Main Wildlife Found In Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : White Breasted Kingfisher, Migratory Birds, Sambar, Chital

Best Time To Visit : October to February (The park remains open throughout the year) 



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