“Welcome to the Feathery Kingdom of Keoladeo National Park – the Ultimate Bird Watching Paradise!
Once upon a time, this place was known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and was nothing but a royal hunting ground for the Maharajas and the British, where they would shoot ducks by the thousands in a single day. But, the story takes a delightful twist, as this hunting ground was declared a national park in 1982 and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Today, Keoladeo is a haven for over 370 species of birds and animals, and it’s no surprise that it’s now a famous avifauna sanctuary.
As you enter the park, you’ll find yourself in a world of wonder and magic, surrounded by a semi-arid terrain and a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. This diverse habitat is home to an array of flora and fauna, from 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 many other invertebrates.
But what sets Keoladeo apart is the fact that it’s a human-made establishment that’s now a breeding ground for both resident birds and visiting migratory birds. Every year, thousands of waterfowl visit the park for winter breeding, making it one of the richest bird areas in the world.
Are you ready for an adventure? Choose from three safari options to explore the Feathery Kingdom. Take a leisurely Rickshaw Safari to spot exotic birds up close, go on a Jeep Ride to get a closer look at the vegetation and animals, or if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on an Elephant Back Safari for an unforgettable experience.
If you’re a bird lover or a photographer, you’re in for a treat. From Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks, Pipits and more, the park is an oasis of birds. And, let’s not forget about the other inhabitants of the jungle – 27 mammalian species, 43 types of fish, and various reptiles.
But wait, there’s more! If you’re looking for a more hands-on experience, hire a bicycle from the entrance and explore the National Park on two wheels. And, did we mention that the park management has trained the rickshaw pullers in bird watching? So, you’ll have a knowledgeable guide to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
So, pack your bags, grab your binoculars, and head to the Feathery Kingdom of Keoladeo National Park. The park timings are from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and the entry fee is INR 50 for Indians. Trust us, this adventure will be worth every penny! “Regenerate response
Due to its strategic location in the middle of Central Asian migratory flyway and presence of water, large congregations of ducks, geese, coots, pelicans and waders arrive in the winter. The park was the only known wintering site of the central population of the critically endangered Siberian Crane, and also serves as a wintering area for other globally threatened species such as the Greater Spotted Eagle and Imperial Eagle. During the breeding season the most spectacular heronry in the region is formed by 15 species of herons, ibis, cormorants, spoonbills and storks, where in a well-flooded year over 20,000 birds nest.