Places to See - Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur
Located 236 kms north of Ranthambhore National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park is recognized as one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. It originates in as a royal hunting reserve during the 1850’s and was a game reserve of Maharajas and the British. In fact, Lord Linlithgow, Viceroy of India from 1936-1943 shot over thousands of ducks with his hunting part in a single day. In 1982 Keoladeo was declared a national park and then later listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The park is home to over 370 species of birds and animals such as the basking python, painted storks, deer, nilgai (blue bull) and more.
Every year, thousands of migratory waterfowl birds such as green sandpiper and cranes visit the park during winter.
Noted Indian ornithologist and naturalist Salim Ali used his influence to garner government support to create Keoladeo National Park. It was also known as the breeding ground for the rare and elusive Siberian cranes. Keoladeo National Park offers well-defined treks which can be covered either on foot or by cycles.
The construction of the Ajan Bund (Dam) and the subsequent flooding of this natural depression let to one of the world’s most fascinating and spectacular bird reserves. The Kaoladeo Ghana National Park is considered to be one of the richest bird areas in the world today.
Information about the trip:
- Price: 3500 Rs (guide, transport)/4 persons
- Size of group: 2 – 4 pax /car
- Distance from Ranthambhore: 236 Km (4hrs 30 mins)
- Duration of trip: full day
- Start: early morning
- Recommended age group: all