Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan (Visit In 2022)

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Is Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary worth visiting? What is Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary famous for? Where to stay in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary?

Hello Guys, I am Somraj Mondal, the Content Developer at indianchacha.com. In this blog post, I will show you complete details of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Here, you will learn about,

  • About and history of the sanctuary
  • Flora and fauna
  • Best time to visit
  • And, much more information

Let’s begin.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Overview

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is also known as Keoladeo National Park. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. UNESCO has listed the sanctuary in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sanctuary is home to 366 bird species, 379 flower species, wildlife, and many more trees. Locally, this 23 km bird and wildlife reserve is known as Ghana and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands.

Every winter season, thousands of migratory waterfowl visit this area for breeding. Bharatpur National park is one of the richest bird areas in the world. This Sanctuary was once a waterfowl hunting ground for the British. Then, in 1971 it was converted into a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is easily a bird lover’s paradise, and photographers will also find this place delightful.

  • Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Nearest city: Bharatpur, Rajasthan
  • Area: 2,873 hectares (7,100 acres; 11.1 sq mi; 28.7 km2)
  • Established: 10 March 1982
  • Governing body: Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation

History of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo National Park

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India. This Sanctuary has existed for nearly 250 years and was once used as a hunting ground by the Maharajahs in the late 1850s. Basically, in this area there was a duck shoot was held in honor of the British Viceroy, and this area was used for hunting. But, In 1976, the area was declared a bird sanctuary and  On 10 March 1982, it was made a national park. In the time of British India,  In 1938, the governor General of India, Lord Linlithgrow was killed over 4273 birds, including mallards and teals. After the independence of India, the entire forest came under the Rajasthan Forest Act 1953, in 1982,  which displeased the local farmers and caused many problems between them and the government. It was designated a World Heritage Site in December 1985.

Flora of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing oasis of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of Agra and Jaipur. The forest of Bharatpur Sanctuary is a semi-arid biotype with significant vegetation and hence the sanctuary is called ‘Ghana-Ghani’. There are many dry deciduous medium-sized trees and shrubs available. In the north part of the Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, the forest of the sanctuary is include Kadam, Jamun, and babul trees.

 The open forest is mostly babul and also small amounts of Kandi Tree. The park’s aquatic vegetation is rich and sufficient for the food needs of waterfowl. The scrubland is dominated by bers and capris. Pilu is practically the only woody plant found in saline soil regions. Aquatic vegetation is rich and provides a valuable food source for waterfowl.

Fauna of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Sanctuary is one of the best birding areas in Asia. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is home to more than 370 species of native and migratory birds such as cranes, pelicans, buntings, larks, geese, ducks,  terns, stints, wagtails, warblers, whittiers, flycatchers, eagles, hawks, and pipits.

The Bharatpur Sanctuary is not only home to the Birds, with an area of 29 sq km, a sanctuary is also a great place for mammals such are nilgai, golden jackal, sambar, jungle cat, and wild boar. It is a treat to see them playing, jostling, and roaming freely in their natural habitat

Bird Safari At Bharatpur National Park

Safari is the most exciting activity in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. For Nature and Wildlife lovers, this is one of the most and best things to do at the sanctuary. There is a long well-planned forest trail in the sanctuary that can be easily covered on foot, a rickshaw, or a bicycle. Though Bike is not allowed inside the sanctuary. In addition, you can tour by going on an early morning or late evening boating trip. Maximize your photography skills by taking candid shots of birds flying around.

Best Timings for Bird Safari: In the Early Morning are 8 am or just after sunset at 5 pm.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Ticket Price, Timing

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Ticket Price:

Indian TouristRs. 50
Foreigners TouristRs. 400
Video Camera ChargesRs. 200
Rickshaw Ride for 2 person (1 hour)Rs. 50

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Timing:

DayTiming
Monday6 AM–5 PM
Tuesday6 AM–5 PM
Wednesday6 AM–5 PM
Thursday6 AM–5 PM
Friday6 AM–5 PM
Saturday6 AM–5 PM
Sunday6 AM–5 PM

Best Time To Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Though, you can visit this sanctuary throughout the year. But, The Best time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is October to March for spotting migratory birds and August to November to watch resident birds.

How to reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in the world. This Sanctuary has been listed in the list  UNESCO World Heritage Site. Basically, There are 3 ways to reach the sanctuary. 

  • By Road: Bharatpur Sanctuary is well connected by well-maintained roads to Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, Mathura, etc. You can take any Tourist Bus or local Bus or your own car and can also book Private Cabs.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station to the sanctuary is Bharatpur Railway Junction which is around 5 km from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This station is connected to the station of Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kota, and many more cities. After reaching the Station, you need to take a local car to reach the sanctuary.
  • By Air: The nearest airport to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is Agra Airport which is about 54 km from the sanctuary. And, Another nearest airport to the sanctuary is Delhi International Airport, which is about 219 km from Bharatpur. After reaching the airport, take a local bus or Cab/Taxi to reach the sanctuary.

Location in Google Map:

5 Popular Places To Visit Near Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

1. Bharatpur Palace and Museum:

2. Rope Castle Adventure Park:

3. Agra Fort:

4. Lohagarh Fort:

5. Deeg Palace:

6. Government Museum:

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Hotels And Resorts

  • Tadka Restaurant
  • Mahal Khas Palace 
  • Kanha Food Court
  • Ruchi Restaurant 
  • Shahi Rasoi Restaurant & Cafe

Tips For Visitors To Bharatpur National Park

  • Carry your own water Bittale, hat, and mosquito repellent. 
  • Take Sunscreen and a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at the beautiful birds.
  • To avoid any inconvenience, reach the sanctuary at least an hour before the scheduled time. Before entering you have to go through the initial form filling formalities.
  • Harming any flora or fauna in the park is a serious offense. 
  • Morning is the best time to watch Birds.

Conclusion

To sum up, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the most popular destinations of Bird Watching in Rajasthan, especially for bird lovers and nature lovers, Located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. UNESCO declared this Bird Sanctuary a World Heritage Site in 1985. I hope you got the necessary information about Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary from this blog post before visiting the sanctuary.

Now, I’d like to know from you:

Have you already visited or are you ready to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary?

How many Wildlife and Bird sanctuaries you have visited till now?

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