Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Ghana (Bharatpur) National Park

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Red Breasted Flycatcher, Bharatpur

Keoladeo Ghana National Park (also called Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) is a famous bird sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It is a man-made wetland created by diverting water from the nearby irrigation canal. The amazing ecosystem of this wetland helps in sustaining a wide variety of birdlife. A large number of ornithologists and birdwatchers visit this place during the winter season. This protected sanctuary was declared a national park in 1971 and is listed as a world heritage site.

Over 350 different species of birds take refuge in Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Large numbers of migrating birds come to this park during the hibernal season. It is said to be the best bird-watching site in Asia. Besides being a paradise for birds, Keoladeo Ghana also serves as a thriving place for spotted deer, blue bull, wild boar and porcupine. A variety of fishes is also found in the ponds and small lakes of this park, and play an important part of the food-chain of this region.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a prime tourist destination in Rajasthan due to many reasons. The prime reason for this is its rich and variant bird population. The other major factor for its popularity is its location. Tourists visiting between Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur often make a stop at Bharatpur to visit this park. This park is also a heaven for wildlife photographers. BOOK NOW

Location of The Park : Lies at an elevation of 360 370m (1180-1200ft) in the Bharatpur district of RajasttJan.

keoladeo ghana National Park Climate: Summer temperatures fluctuate between 26 and 38°C (79 and. 100°F); winter months (mid. November to February) pleasant.

When to go? : Best period for sighting migratory birds is November to February, while monsoon and autumn (mid.September to mid, November) months ideal for viewing breeding birds. Drier months of March through May are best for viewing faunal life.

How to Reach: Bharatpur lies 176km (110 miles) from Delhi and is 2km (t mile) from park; it is the nearest railhead. Nearest, airport is Agra, 54km (30 miles) due east of Bharatpur. Bus services link Bharatpur with major cities of Rajasthan and outside the state.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

Facilities at Park : The best way to explore the beauty of this park is on foot. There are bicycle for rent or simply choose a cycle-rickshaw whose rickshaw wala also acts as a guide. Boats are used in the areas where the water level is high. Food and lodging facilities are also available inside the park. Many heritage and three star hotels are there near the park that provide accommodation to the visiting tourists.

Avian life of keoladeo ghana National Park : Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a sanctuary, a home, a wintering place and a breeding ground for thousands of birds. Tufted duck, comb duck, little cormorant, great cormorant, Indian shag, painted stork and many other birds can be seen inside the park.

Booking for keoladeo ghana National Park :
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Spotted Deer, Bharatpur

Accommodation can be reserved with: The Wildlife Warden, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The for. est rest house operates a minibus; contact the Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Rest House, tel: (05644)22777.

Travel Angel Says: The National Park is roughly rectangular in shape. With a length of 23 kilometers (14miles) and a width of 8 kilometers (5 miles), its total area is 142 square kilometers (55 square miles). Dachigam was proclaimed a sanctuary in 1951, and it was upgraded to national park status in 1981.


The park consists of two sectors: Upper Dachigam, which lies in the higher reaches on the eastern side and makes up tow thirds of the entire area, and Lower Dachigam in the west. The beautiful Daghawna River flows across Lower Dachigam through a shrub-covered rocky ravine. Mulberry trees, willows and oaks are predominant in Dachigam's lower reaches, an area of thick undergrowth, while Blue Pine, juniper and birch and thinning undergrowth exists in the upper region. Several fire lines exist, and these are cleared every March, helping increase visibility of wildlife in the park.

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