Bharatpur National Park

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Label : Top Attraction

Tags : National Park

Timings : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 3 hours

Entry Fee : Indians: INR 50,
Foreigners: INR 400,
Video Camera: INR 200

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Bharatpur National Park, Bharatpur Overview

Now known as the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur National Park is a famous avifauna sanctuary and a bird watching paradise listed among UNESCO's World Heritage sites. The 29 km reserve is locally known as Ghana and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for winter breeding.

The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. It is a human-made establishment known for nesting of its resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. What is interesting note is that this place was once the waterfowl hunting ground for the royalty and the British, but was converted into an asylum for birds and other wildlife as well in the year 1971. You can take a Jeep Ride or Rickshaw Safari to spot exotic birds and a few animals that inhabit the jungle as well. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is easily a bird lover's paradise, and photographers will find this place to be delightful as well.

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History of Keoladeo National Park

This park exists from almost 250 years and was once used as a hunting ground by the Maharajas and duck-shoots were conducted in the honour of British viceroys in the late 1850s. On 13 March 1976, the area was made a bird sanctuary and hunting was prohibited. On 10 March 1982, it was made a national park. The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as Keoladeo National Park, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985 by UNESCO. Grazing of village cattle was banned in this area in 1982 because the entire forest comes under the Rajasthan Forest Act 1953 causing discontentment to local farmers and leading to many problems between them and the government. After the initial resentment, thearea is now a popular tourist hotspot in addition to being an important ecological resource.

Flora and Fauna in Bharatpur National Park

Located amidst a semi-arid terrain, the park is an oasis of artificially maintained marshes, tropical and deciduous forests, grasslands and shrubs. While it is mostly famous for birds, it also houses a rich variety of other animals such as 27 mammalian species, 43 types of fish, various reptiles and larger animals. Owing to a large number of marshes and other water bodies within the precincts, the park has a huge variety of waterfowl, both resident as well as migratory. The park hosts over 370 bird species and is the only regular migration ground for the endangered Siberian Cranes in India. Some of the birds here include Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits. On the other hand, vegetation here includes jamun, babul, kadam, babul, ber, kair, piloo and kandi.

Safari at Bharatpur Sanctuary

A unique way to discover the vegetation and wildlife at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is the Safari here, which takes you right through the heart of the forests. There are basically three options to choose from when it comes to the safari here - Elephant Back Safari, Jeep Rides and Rickshaw Safari. If you wish to spot birds more closely Rickshaw Safari is the best option for you. Jeep Safari will take you through the jungles of the sanctuary, where you can get a closer look at the vegetation and animals here. Jeeps can be booked outside the main entrance of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. You can also hire bicycles from the entrance to explore the National Park. Other details for the same are:-

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Safari Fee (Indian tourists): INR 25
Safari Fee (Foreign tourists): INR 200
Rickshaw Safari Fee: INR 800-1000 per rickshaw for the entire day
Video Camera: INR 200

You can take your own vehicle up to Shanti Kutir which is approximately 2 km from the main entrance of the park. The charges for the same is INR 50.

Best Time To Visit Bharatpur National Park

From the month of August to November this is a breeding ground for resident birds, while October to February witness migratory birds making this place their home. Rest of the year is relatively quite dry and spotting a bird is rare.

Stay Near Bharatpur National Park

Hotel Sunbird, Hotel Sonar Haveli, Swaraj Hotel, The Birder's Inn, Hotel Park Regency and Sanctuary Tourist Lodge are good accommodation options nearby.

Restaurants Near Bharatpur National Park

Tadka Restaurant, Shahi Rasoi Restaurant & Cafe, Kanha Food Court, Mahal Khas Palace and Ruchi Restaurant are restaurants near Bharatpu Sanctuary where you can have a quiet meal with your friends and family.

Tips For Visiting Bharatpur National Park

1. Visitors should reach the main gate half an hour early to wrap up the formalities for entry into the sanctuary.
2. Be careful around the jungle premises

How To Reach Bharatpur National Park

The Bharatpur Railway Junction is only 5 km away from the Keoladeo National Park making it the most efficient option. The Bharatpur bird sanctuary is the one of the main attraction of this place and is easily accessible by road. Special rickshaws and cycles are also available inside the National Park. No cars are allowed inside but visitors can choose to travel by rickshaws (yellow plated), tongas, electric vans or even walk. 

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Muskan Shah

on Bharatpur National Park 6 years ago
I went to Bharatpur in January. The best time to visit the national park is in the morning. We left at 7am and were able to see a lot of birds. Since the national park is widely spread, take a bicycl (Read More)e or a rickshaw for the tour. The rickshaw pullers act as perfect guides for a mere pittance. If you are a student, carry your ID card to get discount.

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