Keoladeo National Park (A.K.A. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) lies outside of Bharatpur’s congested traffic snarls under the shade trees of Rajasthan’s natural growth. At just 29 square kilometers, Keoladeo National Park isn’t large by any means. It is however considered one of India’s best birdwatching sanctuaries and one of just 5 World Heritage Sites in India.
More than 118,000 people visited the park during the 2011-2012 season. Domestic tourists made up the bulk at 60,000, students accounted for roughly 34,000, and foreign tourists totaled approximately 24,000.
Why Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
-More than 350 species of birds which include 42 species of raptors and 9 species of owls inhabit the park
-34 species of mammals, 22 species of reptiles, 8 species of amphibians, 57 species of fishes and more than 30 species of spiders can be found inside the park
-372 plant species which includes 96 aquatic plants
Best Time to Visit
Keoladeo National Park is best visited October through March, just after the monsoon as India’s northern region cools for winter. Migratory birds such as the Demoiselle Cranes can also be spotted at this time. Fog during December and January can inhibit the serious birdwatcher so plan accordingly.
Open Daily: April – Sept 6AM to 6PM / October – March 6:30AM to 5PM
Cost: Rs 200, video camera +Rs 200
Keoladeo National Park is surprisingly close to several of North India’s most popular tourist attractions:
Fatehpur Sikri 26 kms
Deeg Water Palace 36 kms
Taj Mahal 58 kms
Alwar City Palace 103 kms
Sariska National Park (Tiger Reserve) 167 kms