About the Park
Keoladeo Ghana National ParkThe Keoladeo Ghana National Park earlier known as Bharatpur bird sanctuary is situated in the town Bharatpur in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. The park covers an area of 29 sq.km and in the year 1981 it was given the status of a national park. This park is known for its bird species including a number of migrants from Siberia and Central Asia. The park derives its name from an ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva in the sanctuary and the term 'Ghana' means dense which refers to its thick forest.
During summer (April-June) the temperature of the parks varies between 38 to 45 degrees C & winter the it falls below 10 degrees C. The best months to visit the park is from October to February when the migratory birds come to visit this park.
Wildlife Attractions in Keoladeo Ghana National Park
The park comprises of scrublands and grass lands
and more than 4000 trees which are best places for nesting birds & is responsible
for providing a natural habitat to numerous migrant birds.
The national park is a famous birding area in
India which houses nearly 380 bird species with several migrants including
several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks,
Flycatchers, larks and pipits, etc.
The park is also an excellent place to spot mammals
like Jackal, Hyaena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and
Bharatpur Government Museum :
This is one of the major attraction
after the park which has a rich collection of carved sculptures and ancient
inscriptions which provide a glimpes of the royal past.
Lohagarh Fort :
Built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in early 18th
century has three palaces within its premises like Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas
& Kothi and is a great place to visit.
Bharatpur Palace :
Not far from the park is the Bharatpur
Palace which is an excellent mixture of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
Walking & cycling are the best ways to witness the rich variety of bird species in the park. Rickshaws are also available on hire for moving inside the park. Besides, a boat trip also gives a good experience in birdwatching and exploring the hidden treasures of Bharatpur.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Agra which is 56 km from
Bharatpur railway station is just 6 km away from the
park and is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra by regular train services.
An excellent road network connects Bharatpur to all
the major cities of Rajasthan and some other cities of the neighbouring states.
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