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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary


Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Fact File

Location of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Nearest Access to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : Bharatpur
Coverage area of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : 29-sq-kms
Climate of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary :Summer Max. 48°C. Winter Min. 6 °C .
Major Wildlife Attraction in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : Migratory Birds, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Boar.
Best Time Visit of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : August-November for resident breeding birds
and October-February for migrant birds.e

About to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Just 176 km. from Delhi is a very special wilderness -the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the finest water-bird sanctuaries in the world. The 28.73 sq. km. lake and wetland was artificially created by the Maharaja of Bharatpur in the 19th century. By building small dykes and dams and diverting water from an irrigation canal, he converted this low lying area into a fine wild fowl shooting preserve. In a few years, the new wetland surrounded by marginal forests was able to support thousands of water birds. mmonly referred to as Bharatpur, the Park is a delight for bird watchers. Over 300 species of birds are found here and raised paths, camouflaged by babul trees and undergrowth make viewing easy. A quiet ride by boat in the early hours of the morning is also an unforgettable experience.

Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis, Bharatpur bird sanctuary

There are mixed heronries on the half submerged babul trees and the cacophony is unbelievable as painted storks, open bills, spoon bills, egrets, cormorants, white ibis and multitudes of others, tend their young. Jacanas with their iridescent colors and elegant tail feathers and purple moorhen can be seen delicately treading over the floating vegetation. While harriers and fishing eagles circle overhead in search of prey, the pied kingfisher hovers dramatically over the water in a flurry of wings.

The forests around the lake at Bharatpur harbor the sambar, chital, nilgai, jackal, hyena, fox, mongoose and porcupine. Occasionally, a fishing cat can be seen scooping its prey also commonly seen sunning themselves along edge of the paths or at Python Point.

General Information:
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year.
Nearest Town: Bharatpur (2 km)
How to Get Here:
Air: Agra (50 km)
Rail: Bharatpur (2 km)

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