"Bharatpur/Keoladeo National Park- Birding Paradise" Top 5 Page for this destination Bharatpur by 850prc

Bharatpur Travel Guide: 75 reviews and 239 photos

Unspoiled and pristine, an hour from Agra!

Located approximately 35 km from well-known and massively-visited Agra, the smaller city of Bharatpur, named for the brother of the Hindu Lord Ram, was founded in the early 18th century. In the past, the area served as a duck-hunting preserve for the maharajahs and other royals.

Today, Bharatpur's main claim to fame is its nearby and exquisite birding sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park. (It's also known of as the Ghana Bird Sanctuary) As mentioned, this park is a former royal hunting preserve. Today, Keoladeo is home to a wide variety of mammals and reptiles, and of course - a cornucopia of birds. Many of the birds are year-round residents, which a great many others are migratory. Some of these winged varieties passing through Keoladeo are quite rare indeed, and this park is considered one of the few places on earth to see some species. Keoladeo is 29 square kilometers of birding and wildlife paradise, a very pleasant place to visit.

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Worth more than one visit

The main item of interest to visitors in Bharatpur generally is Keoladeo National Park, which is also called the Ghana Birding Sanctuary. This is a park worth more than one visit... you never know which birds you'll see in each visit, and there are more than enough trails to keep you busy for hours on each trip.

The accompanying photo shows the entry sign to the park. Right beyond this area is where you can hire a birding guide directly at the park. You can also rent a bike or hire a cycle-rickshaw for a ride through the park. And from November until early spring, you can also hire a boat and a guide for an up-close look at the water birds in the area.

A different way to go birding

My wife and daughter are VERY into birding. And although I'm nowhere near on their level of expertise, I still enjoy the peace and discovery of the process. I've been on more than one birding hike with my girls.

Keoladeo had something new and different, namely the option of being squired through the park via cycle rickshaw, accompanied by a birding expert guide. A different experience, very restful and yet peaceful enough to keep the birds in your view. There are some areas of the park that you won't be able to access via cycle-rickshaw, but you can get your driver to park while you go on a walk to cover the inaccessible territory.

The drivers are very helpful and interested in insuring you have a nice time. They may be a little shaky in communicating in your native tongue, but they do a good job of making information known without complete lingual command. :)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:If you love wildlife and especially birds, don't miss it.
  • Cons:It's a little off the beaten trail...not a lot of tourist support in place
  • In a nutshell:Bharatpur and Keoladeo are all about wildlife, making it perfect for my family.
  • Last visit to Bharatpur: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Dec 1, 2008
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  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    A fantastic Page on Bharatpur.I visited this park in 95 when I thought the facilties were not that good.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Good info here on Bharatpur,Pete. we also experienced amazing birdlife in Haridwar area. Even in the cities, the birdlife is prolific.

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Great tips, PC! "Ornithological cacophony" says it all. Outstanding photos of all those ornithos and lepidoptera. Just as good (if not better) than the parchment. Sounds like a really fun place!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Very nice tips and worthy of top 5 status...those storks look amazing on the treetops...Greetings from Arizona, jumpingnorman!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    I would very much enjoy visiting Keoladeo National Park. Beautiful birds and butterflies and tranquility of the place make it a nice place to escape from the hustle and the bustle of the Indian city life :) Great pictures!

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Great page. Quite different from what I read elsewhere about India! Thank you for sharing, and for your kind comment on my Cuenca page.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Nice stuff, some nice pics to back it up.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    What a great off the beaten path tip Pete!

  • agapotravel's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2008 at 7:09 AM

    I love your opening shot...it does look quite peaceful. I know that Bonnie and Sara were loving all the bird watching. Nice page! :-)

  • bonio's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Good to see the wildlife, we visited during a drought and very little movement to be seen!


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