Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary- The Avian Heaven in North India
Welcome to an avian heaven which is home to over 230 species of birds. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, is the breeding ground for colorful water birds and a favorite destination for ornithologists. The site was declared as a protected area in 1971 and covers an area stretching up to 29 square kilometers.
It was a man-made wetland created under the reign of the maharaja of Bharatpur in the 19th century. But today it forms a favorite jaunt of migratory birds such as Siberian Crane, the Great Egret and Painted Storks. The site was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1985. If you happen to visit this place between October to February, you can take pictures of several rare birds that come here from far off places such as Siberia, Afghan, Europe, China and Central Asia.
Keoladeo Ghana- the name of the park has been derived from two things. One is an ancient Hindu temple located in the center of the park and dedicated to Lord Shiva and the literal meaning of the word Ghana is dense. Besides a wide variety of bird species, the park is also famous for Chital, Sambhar and Boar. The opportunity for birding in this sanctuary is always a pleasure because you'll get to see several migratory birds such as Warblers, Wheatears and flycatchers among others.
Also if you are here to stay for around 2 to 3 days, it is advisable to book accommodation that too in advance. There are several hotels in Bharatpur such as Swaraj Resort, The Birder's Inn and Shagun Guest House. All these hotels offer world class amenities at an affordable price and bears proximity to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Always avoid visiting this place in summers as the temperature can go up to 47 degrees Celsius and the scorching heat can ruin the fun and excitement of bird watching.