Say Bharatpur (also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park) and one immediately conjures up an image of colorful birds feeding, nesting and chirping.If you are a bird lover you already know about Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, if you are not one you must visit Bharatpur in Rajasthan, you will become one. It makes for a perfect weekend getaway around Delhi. It is also known as Keoladeo 'Ghana' Bird Sanctuary - A park that inspires migrants the world over.
Named after a Shiv temple situated in this natural park, this World heritage site is known for it's migratory bird population the world over. The low lying marshes is home for many birds all the year around, but it is special in the winter months when it is made a home by over 100 species of birds from as far as Siberia, Central Asia and China. Over 350 species of birds have been reported in Bharatpur and the residents vary between different months of the year. In Summer terrestrial birds like red wattled lapwing, grey partridge, black partridge, common quail, bush quail, pea fowl, jungle fowl, etc., nest on the ground along with the resident bird like the Sarus cranes.
Where to Stay
Accomodation is available at theForest Lodge (ITDC), Saras Tourist Bungalow (RTDC), Shanti Kutir, Forest Rest House and private hotels near the park.
How to reach
By Air : The nearest airport is Agra which is about 55 km.
By Rail : Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with several cities on Delhi-Mumbai trunk route. Rail services also connect Bharatpur with Jaipur and Agra.
By Road : A network of bus services links Bharatpur with several cities within and outside Rajasthan.