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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wildlife in Rajasthan : Bharatpur National Park - 6

Bharatpur National ParkGuys, Bharatpur National Park is situated in eastern Rajashtan, about 176 kms. away from Delhi, and 50 kms, west of Agra, is the Keoladeo Ghana or Bharatpur National Park. It is one of the most spectacular bird sanctuaries in India.

Nesting indigenous water-birds as well as migratory water birds and water side birds. It is also inhabited by sambar, chital, nilgai and boar. More than 300 species of birds are found in this small park of 29 sq. kms. of which 11 sq. kms are marshes and the rest, scrub land and grassland.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, BharaptpurCrane: Of all the exotic migrant birds that arrive in Bharatpur every year, the most sought after is the Siberian Crane or the great white crane, which migrates to this site every year, covering a distance of more than half the globe. These birds, numbering only a few hundred, are on the verge of extinction. They arrive in December and stay till early March.

When to visit:

The park is open throughout the year, although most visitors choose to come between October and February, when wintering wildfowl assemble in thousands on the lakes. The breeding season is between August and October.

Where to stay:

Accommodation is available at the Forest Lodge (ITDC), Saras Tourist Bungalow (RTDC), Shanti Kutir, Forest Rest House and private hotels near the park.

How to get there:

The nearest railhead is Bharatpur (2 kms) and the nearest airport is at Agra (52 kms).

Contact :

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
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