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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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Bharatpur

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, popularly known as Bharatpur is India’s best known bird sanctuary. This 28.7 square kilometer mixed wetland, woodland, grass and scrub is home to 400 plus species of birds. Only 175 km from New Delhi, Bharatpur is on the Agra – Jaipur road and a pleasant 3 hour drive from the capital. Keoladeo is both a Ramsar and World Heritage site. Any first time visitor is bound to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of waterfowl and waders which congregate on the shallow marshy lakes of Bharatpur. Winter is the best time to visit the sanctuary when Palearctic migrants join the residents. An average day can still throw up many rare and threatened species like the Solitary Lapwing, Indian Courser, Imperial, White-tailed, Greater and Indian Spotted Eagles, Darters, Black-necked, Painted and Asian Openbill Storks, Common, Sarus and Demoiselle Cranes, Dalmatian Pelicans, Black Bittern, Greater Painted Snipe, Large-tailed, Indian and Grey Nightjars, Dusky Eagle Owls, Marshall’s Iora, Siberian Rubythroat and Brook’s Leaf Warblers. The 20 species of ducks, innumerable waders and raptors, water-seeking birds and approachable passerines all add to make it a true birder’s paradise.

One can visit the museum, Lohagarh Fort and Deeg Palace. While driving from Chambal to Bharatpur, one can visit Agra and Fatehpur Sikri en route.

Stay: Laxmi Vilas Palace, Hotel Sunbird. Nights: We would suggest 2-4 nights

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