Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
Area: 29 square Kilometers
Established Year: 10 March 1982
Nearest Airport: Agra Airport (56 KM) and Delhi International Airport (211 KM)
Nearest City: Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Nearest Railway Station: Bharatpur Railway Station (6 KM), Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 for Indians and Rs. 400 for foreigners(Updated Price 2020)
Best Time to Visit: September to February
Number of Species: 366 Species of Birds
Number of Flora: 379 Species of Flora
“Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary” is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world and it is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park. It is a sanctuary that provides security to faunal species. Keoladeo, the name comes from an old Hindu temple that is dedicated to God Shiv and remains at the main point of the keoladeo national park. "Ghana" implies thick, alluding to the thick woods, which used to cover the region. Relaxing indigenous water-feathered creatures and also transient water flying creatures and waterside winged creatures, this sanctuary is likewise possessed by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, and Boar. While a large portion of India's park has been produced from the chasing predicament of royal India, Keoladeo, famously known as Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, is maybe the main situation where the environment has been made by a maharaja. In prior times, Bharatpur town used to be flooded frequently every monsoon.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur also known as Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary derives its name from God Keoladeo, a part of Lord Shiva, who is worshipped in a temple within the premises of the sanctuary. The word-Ghana must evoke in you the image of a dense thick forest in the sanctuary. This bird sanctuary in Rajasthan's Bharatpur, spread across 29 square kilometers, houses more than 350 species of birds. Though an artificial location created by the Maharaja of Bharatpur in 1890, this land of marshes and grasslands sustains a rich variety of birds in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Just come down to this place to drown yourself in the chirping and nesting of the birds homegrown in the waters and trees or even the colored ones, who migrate from Siberia, Central Asia and China in the winters. Besides, the exotic collection of birds, you will also be able to spot Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar in this sanctuary.
Bharatpur Lake: In 1760, an earthen dam (Ajan Dam) was developed, to spare the town, from this yearly idea of nature. The sorrow made by extraction of soil for the dam was cleared and this turned into the Bharatpur Lake. Do you know how Bharatpur Lake was created? Bharatpur used to be flooded every monsoon till an earthen dam was constructed in 1760. Later the depression created by extraction of the soil used for the dam, was cleared and converted into a lake. This lake, a hunting preserve of the Bharatpur royalty, was declared a national park in 1982 and classified as a World Heritage Site in 1985. So if you are a bird-watcher,
A ride on cycle is an exciting way of traveling inside the park. The sanctuary is popular for its avian guests that come from Siberia and it is a treat to watch these birds. But Bharatpur teems with a large number of birds throughout the year and you can watch at least 150 species of birds in a single day. Some of the birds that you may see in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary include Greater and Indian spotted Eagles, Indian Courser, Imperial, Dalmatian Pelicans, Solitary Lapwing, Dusky Eagle Owls, Demoiselle Cranes and Sarus. October to February is considered to be the best season for visiting the sanctuary.
If you want to visit a few more tourist sites near Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, you can go to Bharatpur Palace displaying a splendid structural blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture or to Deeg Palace, a fortress of the rulers of Bharatpur. Don't miss out on the Bharatpur Government Museum, which carries remnants of the past glory of Bharatpur royalty or the Lohagarh Fort, which bears testimony of the several attacks by the British regime but in vain. Besides, there are many tourist attractions in Bharatpur that you can visit. Some of the important landmarks in Bharatpur that you can tour include Lohagarh Fort, Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas, Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj.
Jaipur and Agra are also the two most popular tourist destinations around Bharatpur. Most people touring Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also visit Agra. Taj Mahal is the most famous tourist attraction in Agra and precisely this is what attracts many tourists to Agra. Jaipur is another tourist destination that you can visit.
Every year a number of bird watchers take the Agra-Jaipur Highway and head to one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in India. Keoladeo National Park is home to about 350 plus species of birds and 370 plus Species of Flora. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary distance from Delhi is 211 Kilometers, From Jaipur is 183 Kilometers. Since the sanctuary lies between Agra and Jaipur, most tourists visiting the city of the Taj Mahal and Jaipur include Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in their itinerary. Bharatpur is about 55 kilometers from Agra.
Light cotton clothing in summer and light woolen garments are essential during winter. Private vehicles are prohibited inside the park.
The entry fees of bharatpur bird sanctuary is Rs. 50.0 per person for indian tourist, Rs. 400 per person for foreign tourists, Rs.50 for two person for rickshaw ride (per hour), and Guide fees per person is Rs. 200.
The temperature ranges from 38-45 °C from April to June month. During winters from October to March temperature can drop below 10 °C.
The best time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is from September to February and August to October time is to witness the resident birds and from October to February to get the sight of migratory birds.
Bharatpur is located on the Agra-Jaipur highway and is just about one hour journey from Agra. The nearest railway station is Bharatpur, which is well connected with Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and other parts of the country.
Timings in Summer
Monday: 6AM to 6PM
Tuesday: 6AM to 6PM
Wednesday: 6AM to 6PM
Thursday: 6AM to 6PM
Friday: 6AM to 6PM
Saturday: 6AM to 6PM
Sunday: 6AM to 6PM
Timings in Winter
Monday: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed in May and June
Bharatpur has a number of hotels and lodges where you can stay on your tour to Bharatpur. ITDC runs a forest lodge-Saras, whereas RTDC has a tourist bungalow-Shanti Kutir.
The list of places to stay in Bharatpur