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Keoladeo Ghana National Park – A Paradise not only for Ornithologists

Explore famous avifauna sanctuary in Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Find home to numerous species of resident and migratory birds at Keoladeo Ghana Wildlife Sanctuary or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is famous as bird’s paradise and an excellent place to spot mammals. Move around the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, through well-defined forest trails and get ultimate thrill of Keoladeo Ghana Wildlife tours in Rajasthan.

India is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic birds. If you are an ornithologist-or just a bird lover–then you need to visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. It is also known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. You’ll see 365 species of birds, including the rare Siberian Cranes!

This 89-square-mile large bird protectorate is situated in Bharatpur, 30 miles west of Agra. Keoladeo was originally the private duck hunting ground of the Maharajas of Bharatpur and you will find in the swamp landscape, many water birds migrate from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.

Keoladeo Lake was formed when the city Bharatpur build the Ajan Dam during 1760. Around the turn of the century, Keoladeo Lake was used as a hunting ground and became one of the world’s best duck hunt zones. The hunt was discontinued in the middle of the 1960’s and in 1981 the zone was declared a national park. During 1985 Keoladeo Lake and the surrounding area was added to UNESCO’s list of world natural heritage.

Birds and Animals in Park: In the park migrates pelican, geese, ducks, eagle, falcon, ruddy shelducks, gulls, northern shovelers, northern pintails, coots, garganey, larks, kuckoo, woodpecker, tufted ducks and common pochard. A special guest of Keoladeo National Park was Siberian Crane that was observed in 1993 for the last time in the park and probably is become extinct meanwhile. If one get to know, that alone over 2,000 storks require about five tons of fodder daily, astonishes again and again, what enormous fish quantity, the shallow waters entail. Apart from birds, one can see some animals also such as Blackbuck, Chital (spotted deer), Nilgai-Antelope, Sambhar deer, jungle cats, python, water snakes, and tortoise.

Safaris:

Safaris are all eco-friendly: you will be drawn in a rickshaw (with driver) or in tongas (horse cart). It will take you two hours to tour the dam where on both sides you will see the birds that inhabit the park. Boat trips also are possible. There is an entrance fee to the park in addition to a fee for the safaris.

Best trip time: The Keoladeo National Park is open all year. The best months to visit are the winter months of November until March. The breeding season during the monsoon months, but it’s even more entertaining and beautiful during August and September when the water lilies bloom. During December and January, early mornings can be very cool. The summer months on the other hand are extremely hot during the day. Lodging facilities are excellent in Bharatpur. There are many five-star nature resorts.