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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !

Trip back in time and rediscover the multi-hued facets of India. You will simply fall in love with what awaits you !
Bharatpur bird SanctuaryBirds have been a constant source of delight to watch. And India has a number of famous bird sanctuaries that are flocked to by hordes of tourists, naturalists and ornithologists. One of the finest and most visited is the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur in Rahasthan. The sanctuary served as a hunting preserve of the Bharatpur royalty. It was also renowned as one of the best duck shooting wetlands in the world. Whenever the mahrajas invited some British officials, a short hunting trip to the sanctuary was a favourite pastime. However, hunting was prohibited by the middle of 1960s. On 10 March, 1982, it was declared as a national park- the Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

The 29 sq km expanse of the park comprises of marshes, scrubland and grasslands. More than 300 avian species inhabit the park. The park harbours both resident and migratory birds including the popular Siberian Crane. Naturalists and ornithologist keep arriving at the park to explore the colourful birdlife that the sanctuary shelters. Besides the bird species, you can also spot animal species.

Go There For
A regular haunt of bird-fanciers and ornithologist alike, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is mostly famous for the migratory birds that arrive here during the winters from as far as Siberia and Central Asia. The visitor-birds include species like Coot Snipes, Spanish Sparrow, Red Crested Porhard, Rosy Pelican and Flamingo. However, the Siberian Crane is the cynosure of all eyes here. Other bird species include geese, ducks, larks, shanks, stints, wagtails, pipits etc.

Besides being a close observer to the bird population, you can also observe some animal species like chital, nilgai, sambar, fishing cat, spotted deer, monitor lizard, boar etc. The park has well defined trails that one can cover either on a cycle or on foot. Rickshaw rides are also on offer. Rickshaw pullers have specially been trained by the park management. They have special knowledge about the birds and common sightings. A boat trip inside is also a nice option to enjoy sightseeing. You can avail of these exciting boat trips in the early mornings and evenings.

Other Attractions
Lohagarh Fort, BharatpurWhile on a trip to the Bharatpur Sanctuary, you can also pay a visit to the Bharatpur Government Museum. The museum has a fascinating collection of antiquities and provides a window into the regal past of the region. The Bharatpur Palaces is positioned close to the museum and is worth a visit.

Tourists can also see the Lohagarh Fort. The fort is a must-visit for all as it has the distinction of not being conquered even after several attacks by the British empire.

For visitors to Bharatpur, the Deeg Palace, 32 km from here, proves to be a big draw. The erstwhile summer refuge of the rulers of Bharatpur, the palace further comprises of a number of wonderful palaces and landscaped gardens.

Reaching The Park
The Kheria Airport of Agra (56 km) is the closest airport from Bharatpur. Covering a distance of 6 km gets to the Bharatpur Railway Station. The railway stations has regular trains from places like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. An excellent road network links Bharatpur to the key destinations of Rajasthan and its neighbouring states Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. Delhi lies at a distance of 176 km from Bharatpur and is a 5 hours drive by road.

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