Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

  • The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a vast geographical area which forms part of the border between Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In the 19th Century, the Maharaja of Bharatpur commissioned the creation of this park, and it was originally a shooting premise. Later, in the year 1956, the Government of India converted it into a Bird Sanctuary. Currently, it houses over 380 species of birds and more than 35 butterfly species.

    In 1982, this enclosure was declared as a National Park even as it spreads across an area of 29 sq. km. which passes through marshy lands, lakes, forests and grasslands. As a World Heritage Site, it is home to some of India�s and by extension, world�s rarest bird species, like the white ibis, egrets, pipits, warblers, wagtails, flycatchers, and cormorants.

    During the winter months, this sanctuary becomes home to the migratory Siberian Cranes as this is one out of the only two habitats for them in the world. Travellers from across the world spend ample time here to witness these exotic winged creatures.

    Being a forest area, this protected area is dotted by 100s of flora species and wild animals, like Sambar, Jungle cat, Leopard, Nilgai, Blackbuck, Chital, Wild Boar and Chinkara. This mix of flora and fauna is rare and tales of its beauty inspire all those who want to be close to Mother Nature.

    Though the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is the major attraction around here, exploring the historical traces is also a good idea. The Lohagarh Fort is an architectural masterpiece that is a great mix of designs inspired by Rajput and British cultures.

    If you wish to know more about the region, a visit to the palaces turned Government Museum in Katcheri Bagh would satiate your quest for knowledge. Bharatpur Palace and Deeg Palace are some other locations which should make part of your itinerary.

    While you are here, you may indulge in some raw luxury by staying in the Forest Lodge which is within the park. Apart from this, Bharatpur has a good number of hotels for all kinds of budget.

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    How to Reach

    This place is well connected and the nearest Airport is at Agra which is at a distance of 56 kms from Bharatpur. If you choose to travel by the railways, there are regular trains running between Bharatpur and major cities, like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Agra. In case you are a fan of road- trips, you may reach here through any of the major cities in Rajasthan or from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

    Summary: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a small town in Rajasthan. Apart from being a historian�s dreamland, Bharatpur has become an Ornithologist�s paradise as it houses the Keoladeo Ghana National Park.