The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of Asia’s best birding areas. It was first conceptualized in 1726 and got the tag of a Bird Sanctuary in 1956. In 1985 the park was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Come winters the place is flocking with over 380 resident and migrant species. The park derives its name from the temple of Keoladeo (Shiva) and ‘ghana’ which means dense, implying the nature of the vegetation. During the cool winter months it is also possible to see large Indian Pythons sunning themselves.
I have been here twice and was lucky the second time around (beginning of Oct this year) to have spotted the —common kingfisher, white throated kingfisher, pied kingfisher, dusky eagle owl, spotted owl, collared scops owl, common hoopoe, asian koel, pied cuckoo, red vented bulbul, oriental magpie robin, jungle babbler, large grey babbler, common babbler, indian silver bill, black drongo, cormorants, darter, grey heron, great egret, black crown night heron, painted stork, eurasian spoonbill, white breasted water hen, laughing dove, eurasian collared dove, rose ringed parakeet, indian treepie, indian silverbill to name a few besides the wild boar, turtles and catfish …….
Mode of transport is rickshaw (the rickshawallas are trained guides!) or cycle which one can hire at the gate. For an all round experience, visit the sanctuary twice – early morning and evening. Do leave your camera for sometime and enjoy the bird sighting through binoculars!
Only regret I have …. being an untrained novice @ photography I just cannot capture the birds well …. 😦
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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe