Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located in Bharatpur in Rajasthan.
Best time to visit :
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is open
throughout the year but the best months to tour the sanctuary are from
August to November for seeing the resident breeding birds and October to
February for the migrant birds.
About Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the
best bird parks in the world that extends protection to fauna (animal)
species also. Bharatpur national park houses more than 300 species of birds
and Keoladeo, the name of the sanctuary is derived from an ancient Hindu
temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which is located at the centre of the park.
'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to cover the
area. It houses indigenous water- birds along with migratory water birds and
waterside birds and is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.
How to reach :
56-kms from Bharatpur is the nearest airport situated at Agra.
The Bharatpur railway station is 6-kms from the
park and regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the major cities
of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra.
A fine network of roadway services links
Bharatpur to all the major cities of the Rajasthan and its neighbouring
states like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana. Bharatpur is well connected by
road from Agra (56-kms, 5 hours), Delhi (176-kms, 5 hours) and Jaipur
(176-kms, 6 hours), all of which have airport facilities too.
Wildlife Attractions of Bird Sanctuary :
The sanctuary spans of 29-sq-kms of which
11-sq-kms are marshes and the rest scrubland and grasslands.
The park houses resident and migratory birds in
large number. Numerous migratory birds coming from as far as from Siberia
and Central Asia spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their
breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary comprises of
many species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks,
Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and
Besides, you might also come across few mammals at Bharatpur. Sambar,
Chital, Nilgai and Boar are some of the animals you will find here.