Keoladeo National Park is India’s premier birdwatching sanctuary – an avian wonderland that attracts vast numbers of feathered creatures thanks to its strategic location, protected status and extensive wetlands. Some 385 species have been recorded here, including around two hundred year-round residents along with 190-odd migratory species from as far afield as Tibet, China, Siberia and even Europe, who fly south to escape the northern winter. Keoladeo is probably best known for its stupendous array of aquatic birds, which descend en masse on the park’s wetlands following the dramatic arrival of the monsoon in July. These include the majestic saras crane and a staggering two thousand painted storks, as well as snake-necked darters, spoonbills, white ibis and grey pelicans. There are also various mammals in the park, including wild boar, mongoose, antelope, jackal, jungle cat, chital, nilgai and sambar.
The main attractions for tourists visiting the Keoladeo Ghana Park are the migratory birds, which come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia to spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning back to their breeding grounds. Some of the migratory birds that visit Keoladeo /Bharatpur bird sanctuary include several species of Cranes, Hawks, Pelicans, Geese, Shanks, Ducks, Eagles, Warblers, Stints, Wagtails, Buntings, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Larks, Pipits etc. Besides the migratory and resident birds, other tourist attractions in Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary include the Bharatpur government Museum, Lohagarh Fort and Deeg Palace.
In and Around
Government Museum, Bharatpur was established on 11 November, 1944 in Lohagarh Palace. This museum primarily consists of 581 stone sculptures, 10 inscriptions, 120 terracottas, 13 metallic objects, 670 coins, 1966 weapons, 196 miniature paintings and 861 local art & crafts.
Built in the early 18th century by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal, Lohagarh Fort Bharatapur ranks as one of the most beautiful Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan India. Due to its unassailable defenses, the fort came to be known by the name of Lohagarh (Iron Fort). Lohagarh is a monument worth visit while on tour to Rajasthan. The fort stands proudly, as a living testimony to the chivalry and courage of the Jat rulers of Bharatpur.
Bund Baretha A beautiful dam site 38 km west of Bharatpur, Bund Baretha offers excellent views over a massive reservoir. The wetlands are home to many waders and it is not uncommon to sight some species not found inside the park. You can walk to the old Maharaja’s palace and coupled with a scenic sunset, it makes for a good day visit.
Deeg, Bharatpur Tour Deeg was once the colourful summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur and their second capital city. Displaying a trait shared by the Dresser Crab and the Magpie Robin, the Jat rulers pilfered an assortment of riches to beautify the palaces of Deeg. They ransacked victorious Mughal armies returning from battle, took away a cannon and precious inlay stones from Agra’s Red Fort and even a whole fountain system from the Red Fort at Delhi.
Day Visit to Agra & Fatehpur Sikri
Taj Mahal, Agra TourAgra, just 55 km away from Bharatpur, is home to the world’s most famous Monument of Love, the Taj Mahal. Together with the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri (22 Km), it makes for an excellent day trip. At Sikri, you can see Buland Darwaza, the highest gateway in India, the well-preserved buildings and some of the best Mughal architecture.
Chambal SafariThe Chambal Sanctuary is an excellent place to see Gharials, Gangetic Dolphins and perhaps the world’s largest population of the Indian Skimmer. A motorboat ride on the Chambal river offers a closer look at several other bird species and is extremely rewarding for exploring the region’s rich flora and fauna.
Amber Fort, Jaipur TourThe Pink City of Jaipur holds tourist treasures like the Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and several temples, forts and museums. Apart from an elephant ride up to the fort’s ramparts, we can also arrange a cultural tour of Rajasthan’s rich folk arts, cuisine and shopping for souvenirs. A longer stay on the outskirts might yield wildlife sightings like blackbuck and chats, larks, pipits among other bird species.
Tiger Safari, Ranthambore National ParkRanthambhore is easily the best place in India to sight and photograph tigers. We can arrange a trip to Ranthambhore National Park including all arrangements like transport, accommodation, game safaris and the best guides.
The park remained the centre of attraction for the domestic and international tourists throughout the year. However, the best season to visit this park is August to November especially for resident breeding birds and between November to March for migratory birds.
How to Reach
Nearest airport to reach this bird sanctuary is Agra about 54 kms from Bharatpur and New Delhi about 184 kilometers away. Daily flights are available to Agra from major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Varanasi, and Lucknow.
Bharatpur Junction located 5 kms away from the national park is the neareast rail head. Reaching Bharatpur by train is easy as there are many trains that ply from New Delhi, Mumbai. Being on the main line, regular train service is available from Mathura, Sawai Madhopur and Kota on this route.
Bharatpur is well connected by road with Agra, Mathura, Delhi and Jaipur. Regular bus service is available to reach Keoladeo Ghana National Park from all major cities of India.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Near Bird Sanctuary Entrance Gate,
Saras Circle, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001
The Birder’s Inn
Bird Sanctuary Road, Bharatpur,
Bharatpur Forest Lodge
Inside Keoladeo National Park,
Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001