Now known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, situated in the North Indian state of Rajasthan ( actually very close to Agra ) is without question one of the finest bird watching locations in the world. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary provides a diversity and abundance of birdlife only equalled in Africa and keen birdwatchers are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of birds present. Notable species amongst the throngs of nesting Painted Storks, White Ibises, Darters and Spoonbills are specialities such as the threatened Black-necked Stork, Comb Duck, and the elusive Spotted Creeper. Thousands of ducks crowd the marshes and pools and include, amongst the more familiar species, hundreds of Ferruginous and Lesser Whistling Ducks plus smaller numbers of Red-crested Pochards and Spotbilled Ducks. Both White and Dalmatian Pelicans may occur and large numbers of Common Cranes along with smaller numbers of Sarus Cranes use the reserve in which to winter. Bharatpur bird sanctuary in India has also been famous as the winter hideaway of the very rare Siberian Cranes, though the sighting of these has reduced considerably in recent years. Bharatpur also provides unrivalled opportunities for observing a large range of raptors, including Spotted, Imperial, Steppe and Tawny Eagles, as well as a host of vultures.Bharatpur is also known for sighting of rare bird species such as Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Dusky Warbler, Marshall’s Iora and Large-tailed Nightjar. Other wildlife inhabiting the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary includes the rare and beautiful Blackbuck, Indian Smooth Otter, Fishing Cat, Soft-shelled Turtle and Indian Python. Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted Deer and Rhesus Macaques. A very interesting feature of Bharatpur is the way game rides are done -- on cycle rickshaws. You could also take a cycling or walking tour of this park.

Getting to Bharatpur

  • By Air – The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56-kms from Bharatpur.
  • By Rail - Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. The Bharatpur railway station is 6-kms from the park
  • By Road - Bharatpur is well connected by road from Agra (56-kms, 1 hour), Delhi (190-kms, 3 hours) and Jaipur (185-kms, 4 hours).

Best Places to Stay Bharatpur

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located near the world famous bird sanctuary amidst 40 acres of landscaped environs, the Palace was built in 1899, for the younger brother of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Converted to a Heritage Hotel in 1994 , with Rooms and Suites furnished with old colonial style furniture, the Palace also has a swimming pool, Ayurveda centre, restaurant and bar.

The Bagh, Bharatpur Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

The Bagh is a heritage hotel set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens, very close to the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary .The hotel's twenty three rooms are located in three different residential complexes. A restaurant, banquet hall, coffee shop, library and a gym, all situated in a verdant orchard, allow guests to enjoy solitude and companionship in restful indoor and outdoor spaces. Each of the Bagh's twenty three rooms is unique. Spacious bathrooms, luxurious fabrics, fine furnishings and all modern day amenities, let the weary traveler retreat and recoup after a day of sightseeing and bird watching. Leisure facilities here include a outdoor swimming pool, as well as a Ayurveda massage centre. With over fifty species of flora, including fruiting trees and flowering plants which attract birds, small animals and insects, guests can enjoy quiet walks in the garden and commune with nature.

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