Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary Safari: A Detailed Guide
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Amongst one of the finest bird sanctuaries on the planet, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also called as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a sanctuary that offers security to faunal species also. Keoladeo, the name gets from an old Hindu temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and remains at the focal point of the national park. "Ghana" implies thick, alluding to the thick woods, which used to cover the region.

Settling indigenous water-feathered creatures and also transient water flying creatures and waterside winged creatures, this haven is likewise possessed by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, and Boar. While a large portion of India's park has been produced from the chasing predicament of royal India, Keoladeo, famously known as Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, is maybe the main situation where the environment has been made by a maharaja. In prior times, Bharatpur town used to be flooded frequently every monsoon.

In 1760, an earthen dam (Ajan Dam) was developed, to spare the town, from this yearly idea of nature. The sorrow made by extraction of soil for the dam was cleared and this turned into the Bharatpur Lake. Though the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is open around the year, but still, the best time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is from August to November to witness the resident birds and from October to February to get the sight of migratory birds.

Essential Info About Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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Info About Safari

Info About Safari
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There are three options to take the safari, viz. Elephant Back Safari, Jeep Rides or Rickshaw Safari. To get the best views of birds, elephant back safari and rickshaw safari is recommended. However, if you want to penetrate deep into the jungles, jeep safari is the best option. Jeeps can booked at the tourist centers outside the main entrance of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Safari Timings:

The timings for jungle safari starts from 6 AM and ends in the evening around 6 PM

Safari Cost:

The safari fee for Indians is 25 Rs. and for foreigners is 200 Rs. If you want to take your own vehicle, they are allowed till Shanti Kutir only, which is approximately 2 km from the main entrance of the park. The charges for the vechicle is 50 Rs. Also, if you want to take your video camera, the charges for the same is 200 Rs.
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Best Time to Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Best Time to Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
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Though the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is open around the year, but still, the best time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is from August to November to witness the resident birds and from October to February to get the sight of migratory birds.
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Flora

Flora
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The expression "Ghana" implies thick, alluding to the thick woodland, which used to cover the region. The chief vegetation sorts are tropical dry deciduous trees, intermixed with dry meadow in zones where backwoods has been corrupted. Aside from the misleadingly oversaw swamps; a significant part of the region is secured by medium-sized trees and bushes.

The north east range of the Keoladeo National Park is generally commanded by jamun (Syzygium cumini), babul (Acacia nilotica) and kadam (Mitragyna parvifolia). The open forest is for the most part babul with a little measure of ber and kandi. Ber and kair rules the Scrublands.

Piloo (Salvadora persica) are likewise present in the national Park and happens to be just woody plants found in saline soil. The oceanic vegetation is rich and gives sustenance source to waterfowls.

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Fauna

Fauna
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The primary attractions of visitors going to the Keoladeo National Park are the various migratory birds, coming from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before coming back to their rearing grounds.

Migratory birds at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary haven incorporate, a few types of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, and so forth.
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Distance and Routes from Major Cities

Distance and Routes from Major Cities
1) Delhi

 - By Air
The nearest airport is at Agra, 56 km from Bharatpur. Daily flights connect Agra to Varanasi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Delhi. 

- By Train
Bharatpur station is connected to all the major cities of India such as Jaipur, Agra, Mumbai and Delhi.

- By Road
Excellent network of roads connect Bharatpur to major cities in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. Regular bus services ply from Delhi, Mathura, Jaipur, Alwar and adjoining areas.

2) Jaipur

- By Train
There are 17 Trains running between Bharatpur Junction and Jaipur every day so the city can be easily reached and take about 3 hours to reach. 

- By Road
Take a direct bus from Jaipur to Bharatpur, which takes about 4? hours. The Bharatpur bus stand is situated at distance of 2 kilometres from the Bharatpur city centre. Several AC and Non-AC buses are available for Bahartapur from Jaipur. The fare of these buses ranges between INR 250 to 350. This mode is best for youngsters, individuals and backpackers.
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History Of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

History Of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, is home to the finest birds and faunal species. The park got its name from Keoladeo Temple that is located inside the boundary of this sanctuary.

The sanctuary came into existence two fifty years ago when Maharaja Suraj Mal was the King of Bharatpur. From 1850, the rulers of Bharatpur used this park for hunting and annual duck-shoots.

On 13 March 1976, it was declared as a bird sanctuary, and on 10 March 1982, this place was demarcated as a national park. In 1985 the sanctuary was declared a World Heritage Site under the World Heritage Convention.
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How To Reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

How To Reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
- By Air: Jaipur, New Delhi, and Agra are the nearest airport to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Once you reach any of these airports, you can board a taxi or cab to reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

- By Rail: 
The closest railway station to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is Bharatpur Junction. Several trains run from all the major cities in India to Bharatpur.

- By Road: 
Many private buses frequently run from Udaipur, Agra, Ajmer, Jodhpur to Bharatpur bus stop. NH-11 connects Bharatpur with Agra (5 hours, 56 km), Delhi (5 hours, 176 km) and Jaipur (6 hours, 176 km) from where tourists prefer to drive. Once you reach Bharatpur, you can hire a cab or taxi to reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
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Tips For Visitors To Bharatpur National Park

Tips For Visitors To Bharatpur National Park
- You should reach the main gate around half an hour early to complete the formalities for entry.
- Do not hit or disturb the birds inside the premises of the sanctuary.
- Carry a water bottle along with you so that you remain hydrated.
- Wear comfortable shoes as you will have to walk a lot while exploring the sanctuary.
- Don't throw litter inside the sanctuary.
- Pack your binocular to locate the birds easily.
- Don't pluck flowers or trees while roaming around the jungle.

Best Places to Stay in Bharatpur

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Bharatpur Forest Lodge

Bharatpur Forest Lodge
Bharatpur Forest Lodge is arranged inside the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and is located at a distance of 1.5 kms from the principle section entryway of the bird sanctuary. Due to its area, the Bharatpur Forest Lodge is without a doubt the best found birding lodge in Bharatpur.

Bharatpur Forest Lodgehas 17 AC rooms, all are furnished with all modern amenities with joined lavatory running hot and cold water, every one of the rooms at Bharatpur Forest Lodge is having private balcony with the view of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Amenities: The Bharatpur Forest Lodge has all the facilities, which a guest can expect. From the fully furnished rooms to money changer, broadband internet connection, car rentals, guides for the bird sanctuary and many more.

Location: Bharatpur Forest Lodge is located inside the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, which is approximately 1.5 km from the lodge.

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Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace

Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace
Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace is yet another beautiful palace turned hotel located in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It has 30 very much named extensive rooms with all the present day comforts and offices. The legacy accommodation goes past the barely selected rooms, time frame style and old fashioned furniture.

The best of inventive style is similarly recognized by warmth and individual contribution of our thoughtfulness regarding different intangibles that characterize the rich and changed legacy society.

Amenities: Each of Hotel room in Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of a kind in its own particular style, and is richly and lavishly outfitted. All Hotel rooms have joined luxurious bathrooms that are exemplary and exquisite, having the office of hot and chilly running water .

Location: The Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace is located at Kakaji ki Kothi near the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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Hotel Sunbird

Hotel Sunbird
Found a couple of hundred meters far from the entrance of Keoladeo Ghana National Park is Hotel Sunbird where the offering resemble an individual touch to give you a home far from home.


The Sunbird Hotel likewise have the best and most educated bird sanctuary guides who will guarantee you have an extraordinary fledgling safari and see the best of what the national park brings to the table for you.

Highlights: All the rooms in the hotel are highly furnished with all the modern amenities, which a guest can expect in a great hotel.

Location: The Sunbird Hotel is located just a few meters away from the Bharatpur Sanctuary Gate.
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The Birder's Inn

The Birder's Inn
The Birder's Inn is the ideal perch and is controlled by a portion of the best neighborhood naturalists; individuals who were really conceived inside the bird sanctuary. The hotel offers in their encounters and experiences to make your visit genuinely advantageous.

Scrupulousness, consistent overhauls and customized administration guarantee a casual stay, abandoning you allowed to investigate Bharatpur's wild. So when a herd of Demoiselle Cranes land, odds are you'll be among the first to know.

Amenities: The Birder's Inn offers 20 extensive rooms that open to the garden populated with natural product trees that draw in different garden birds. In addition, you will have all the fundamental cutting edge solaces like aerating and cooling, hot and frosty running water; there is a multi-food eatery and barbecue that serves a luscious assortment of dishes.

Location: The Birder's Inn is located near the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

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The Bagh Resort

The Bagh Resort
The Bagh is a legacy inn set in 12 acres of land two hundred year-old greenhouse in Bharatpur Rajasthan, it is just four hours from various metro cities, for example, Delhi, Jaipur and Gwalior. The Bagh offers guests a chance to experience calm extravagance close Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a standout amongst the most acclaimed birds on the planet.

Amenities: The lodging's twenty-three rooms are situated in three distinctive private buildings. Each of the twenty-three rooms is novel. Extensive bathrooms, sumptuous fabrics, fine furniture and the enhancements of advanced innovation let the exhausted voyager withdraw and recover following a day of touring and fowl viewing.

An eatery, meal lobby, café, library and an exercise center, all arranged in a verdant plantation, permit visitors to appreciate isolation and brotherhood in relaxing indoor and open air spaces.

Location: The resort is located on Old Agra - Achnera Road in Bharatpur

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Kadamb Kunj Resort

Kadamb Kunj Resort
Kadamb Kunj Resort is spread over sections of land of quiet and tranquil scene cultivates in a perfect world situated close Keoladeo National Park. Kadamb Kunj Resort in Bharatpur is an impeccable retreat to suit everybody's state of mind be it relaxation as a weekend destination with family and companions or as a meeting destination for the corporates.

Amenities: All the rooms in the Kadamb Kunj Resort are equipped with all the modern amenities. Moreover, the restaurants in the resort offers some of the most delicious delicacies.

Location: The Kadamb Kunj Resort is located on NH 11, Fatehpur Sikri Road

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Hotel Sonar Haveli

Hotel Sonar Haveli
Hotel Sonar Haveli is ideally located on Jaipur-Agra highway (NH-11) away from the hustle bustle of the city in a serene atmosphere just 5 minutes walking distance from entrance to the Keoladeo National Park.

Amenities: The inn's offices incorporate a multi-food eatery . The inn is additionally a perfect spot for gatherings, courses and capacities with one meal lobby which can suit up to 100 visitors.

Location: The Hotel Sonar Haveli is located on NH-11, Agra-Jaipur Road, Opp. Bird Sanctuary

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Hotel Surya Vilas Palace

Hotel Surya Vilas Palace
Surya Vilas Palace is a legacy lodging keep running by Mr. Diwan Singh and his family, situated in the tranquility of Bharatpur. The lodging gives two classifications of room - standard and suite each mirror the Mughal style. It offers a dinner/gathering lobby with the green grounds which offers the vacationers to appreciate and play.

Amenities: The hotel has assortment of eateries to offer the private gatherings, gatherings, get together and sentimental eating can be sorted out if require. To save a room, contact our reservation group now.

Location: The Surya Vilas Palaces is located on NH11, Nagla Gopal Rural

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Udai Vilas Palace

Udai Vilas Palace
Known to be a marvel of the Rajput architecture, Udai Vilas Palace is a heritage style resort that offers the greatest royalty fix to the visitors looking to have a luxurious stay. It sits in idyllic splendor, overlooking a private reserve forest cove on the one side and Gaibsagar lake on the other side.

It features intricately sculptured pillars, ornate balconies, bracketed windows, a frieze of marble carvings, and arches. It has standard rooms and suites that give you a chance to peep into the royal lifestyle. You can enjoy Rajasthani music, folk dances, bar-be-ques, and theme evenings on the lawns or extensive rooftop.

Amenities: Buffet breakfast and dinner, water pool, air-conditioner, Conference room.

Location: Udai Vilas Palace, NH11, Fatehpur Sikri Road, Bharatpur.

Places to Visit near Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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Lohagarh Fort

Lohagarh Fort
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Lohagarh Fort, which was built by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal in the 18th century, is one of the distinct structural masterpieces in Rajasthan. It was in fact identified as the Lohagarh Fort or Iron Fort. Considered as one of the strongest forts ever built in Indian history, The fort has two gates; Ashtdhaatu to the north and Chowburja to the south.

The fort comprises three palaces; Mahal Khas, Purana Mahal and Kamra Mahal. Of these, the Kamra Palace now toils as the State Archaeological Museum.


Lohagarh Fort
Location:
 
Tourists can travel to Lohagarh Fort using any of the local transport modes, be it bus, auto rickshaw or cycle rickshaw.

Timings:


Opened daily from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.

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Government Museum Bharatpur

Government Museum, located in the center of the popular Lohagarh Fort, displays a rich acquisition of archaeological wealth of Bharatpur as well as other areas in the region. The central hall of the museum showcases collections from the 2nd century that illustrate the art and skill of the region. Main exhibits at the museum include sculptures, dating back to 1st to 19th century AD, which was found during the digging of old villages.

Weapons handled by the Jat rulers in battles, manuscripts paintings and zoological preserves are other exhibits. The art gallery portrays miniature portraits on leaves of peepal tree, mica and old litho paper, along with sketches of the Maharajas of Bharatpur.

Location:
Situated within the Lohagarh Fort and can be easily accessible by road.

Timings:
Opened daily from 9:15 AM to 5:45 PM
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Ganga Mandir

Ganga Mandir
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Ganga Temple, located in the middle of Bharatpur city, is considered as one of the most magnificent temples in Rajasthan. Constructed in the 19th century by Maharaja Balwant Singh and the idol of goddess Ganga was placed in the temple by Brijendra Singh, who was the fifth heir of Balwant Singh. The structure of this temple portrays a blend of Rajput, Mughal, and South Indian styles.

The walls and pillars of this temple are embellished with delicate carvings, while the gateway is inscribed with the figures of Laxmi Narayani, Lord Krishna , and Shiva-Parvati. Inside the temple sits the exquisitely decorated statue of Goddess Ganga with a large image of a crocodile.

Location: 
Positioned at a convenient location in Bharatpur, the temple can be easily reached from anywhere in the city by a taxi, an auto rickshaw, or even a cycle rickshaw.

Timings:

Opened daily from 7 AM to 7 PM. 
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Deeg Palace

Deeg Palace
Deeg Fort, constructed by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1730 AD, is located in the Deeg town that toiled as the capital of Jat kings in the 18th century. The fort boasts walls that run along 8 km and a gateway guarded with anti-elephant strikes. Though the insides are almost in ruins now, a watch tower still towers watching over the city and the palace. Amoung the 12 towers within the fort, the largest one being Lakha Burj in the northwest corner.

Sprawling gardens inside the fort are well-maintained and are frequently toured by locals for picnics. The fort includes a number of impressive palaces including ,Suraj Bhavan, , Kishan Bhavan, Keshav Bhavan, Nand Bhavan, Purana Mahal Gopal Bhavan and Sheesh Mahal. All these palaces are collectively termed as the Deeg Palace, which is yet another popular attraction among tourists.

Location:
Situated around 35 km from the city of Bharatpur, this fort can be reached by means of a private car or a cab available anywhere in the city.

Timings:
Opened daily from 8 AM to 4 PM.
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Bharatpur Palace

Bharatpur Palace
Bharatpur Palace is a beautiful palace that has been converted into a hotel lately to provide the guests the feeling of living like Kings and Queens. It was built in the second century and stands as a testament to the Mughal-Rajput architecture.

The central wing of the palace houses a museum, where you can witness a riveting collection of ancient inscriptions, beautiful sculptures, and other displays that are an ode to the Rajasthani history. The palace's apartments have richly patterned floor tiles, and the walls are decorated with exquisite designs. It also has a rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy lip-smacking cuisines.

Location: Bharatpur Palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.

Timings: 9 am to 5.30 pm.
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  1. How much time is enough to explore Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary?

    Four to five hours are enough to explore the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. During this duration, you can spot the birds, enjoy a tonga ride with your family, and stock up souvenirs from the gift center located at the starting point of the park.
  2. What is Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary famous for?

    1. Wildlife: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is home to numerous migratory as well as local bird species.  You can also witness here Sambar, Nilgai, Chital and Boar.

    2. Hindu Temple: 
    A Hindu temple named Keoladeo is located in the center of the park from which the sanctuary derived its name in the past.

    3. Elephant Back Safari: 
    This is considered to be the best way to discover the wildlife and vegetation at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

    4. Jeep Safari: 
    This adrenaline-pumping ride will take you through the sanctuary, where you will get a chance to have a closer look at the animals here.
  3. Which river flows through Keoladeo National Park?

    The Kunthipuzha River flows through the Keoladeo National Park from south to north into the Bharathapuzha River.
  4. How far is Agra from Bharatpur?

    The road distance between Agra and Bharatpur is around 59 Km. RSRTC frequently operates buses from Bharatpur to Agra after every 4 hours.
  5. How far is Bharatpur from Jaipur?

    The road distance between Jaipur and Bharatpur is around 183 Km, which takes two hours, six minutes to drive.
  6. What are the best places to stay near Bharatpur bird sanctuary for couples?

    1. Laxmi Vilas Palace:  One of Rajasthan’s most popular heritage stay, Laxmi Vilas Palace, this luxury hotel offers a scenic romantic hideout. With its superbly furnished rooms and modern amenities, Laxmi Vilas Palace seeks to offer the best of luxury and comfort.

    2. The Bagh:
    A genteel boutique hotel with tastefully decorated rooms, The Bagh is a luxury hotel suited for romantic weekend getaways. The hotel also features an outdoor pool and a spa center of its own.

    3. Udai Vilas Palace:
    Udai Vilas Palace in Bharatpur is a colonial-styled lodging fitted with luxury amenities. The lush green lawns, the idyllic pool add to the romantic charm of the place.

    4. The Birder’s Inn:
    Located a stone’s throw away from Bharatpur’s Keoladeo Ghana National Park, The Birder’s Inn is home to a large number of local and migratory bird species. The Inn is run by a group of naturalists who were born and raised inside the National Park itself, and offer delightful insights into the natural life here.
  7. Which season is best to visit Bharatpur bird sanctuary?

    For a valuable insight into the local bird life at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, it is best to visit the place between the months of August and November. However, if you want to catch the migratory bird species in transition, then it is best to visit the Sanctuary in the winter months, between October and February.
  8. How many days are enough to explore Bharatpur bird sanctuary?

    It will take no longer than 4 to 5 hours to explore the Bharatpur Sanctuary. You can not only enjoy the sight of the colorful birds here but also take hikes along the nature trails here.

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