Keoladeo National Park:
The Keoladeo Ghana National Park
or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies
between two of India's most historic
cities, Agra and Jaipur. This north
Indian sanctuary is situated in
the country's northwestern state
of Rajasthan, about 190 km from
the national capital of Delhi.
in Keoladeo National Park:
Keoladeo is famous as one of Asias
finest birding areas, with over
380 resident and migrant species,
including the Common, Demoiselle
and the rare Siberian Cranes. It
is also an excellent place to watch
mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped
Hyaena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat,
Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and wild
Boar. The park derives its name
from the temple of Keoladeo (Shiva)
and ghana which locally means
dense, implying the nature of the
vegetation. During the cool winter
months it is also possible to see
large Indian Pythons sunning themselves.
Nearby places of interest are the
Government Museum, Bharatpur which
gives a glimpse of past splendour.
Not far from the museum is the Bharatpur
Palace which is an excellent blend
of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
There is the Lohagarh Fort which
remained invincible despite several
attacks by the British. Just 32
km from Bharatpur, is the Deeg Palace.
This strong and massive fort was
the summer resort of the rulers
of Bharatpur and has many palaces
The Keoladeo National Park is not
very large being 29 sq km. There
are well-defined treks which can
easily covered on foot or on a cycle
or you can hire a rickshaw (the
best way). They are available on
hire. Rickshaw pullers have been
trained by the park management in
bird watching and are quite knowledgeable.
Boats are also available on hire.
A boat trip early in the morning
or late evening is quite a rewarding
experience. Do not forget to carry
a binocular for watching the birds.