It is the bird kingdom, where
time takes wing. Spread over an area of
little over 232 sq kms, Keoladeo derives
its name from the Shiva Temple in the heart
of the sanctuary. Formerly known as the
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary,
ornithologist Salim Ali, is credited for
bringing this park to public notice.
The park supports a population of 375 species
of birds, numerous mammals and reptiles.
With the onset of winter, migratory birds
from all over world come here. They arrive
by August and leave in February. Visitors
include Coot Snipes, Spanish Sparrow, Red
Crested Porhard, Rosy Pelican and Flamingo.
The special attraction, however, remains
the arrival of the rare Siberian Crane.
The park is also rich in Pythons, Spotted
Deer, Sambhars, Blue Bull, Black Buck, Jackals,
Otters, Fishing Cats, Monitor Lizards.
The nearest airport is situated at Agra,
which is 56-kms from Bharatpur.
Regular rail services connect Bharatpur
with all the major cities of India such
as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. The Bharatpur
railway station is 6 km from the park.
An excellent network of roadway services
links Bharatpur to all the major cities
of the Rajasthan and its neighbouring states
like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana
Time to Visit
Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout
the year, still the ideal visiting months
are from August-November for resident breeding
birds and October- February for migrant
Do not forget to carry a binoculars for
watching the birds. Bird watching depend
greatly on season, timing, and patience,
so its better to visit the sanctuary during
the visiting period.