Wildlife in India >> Keoladeo Ghana National Park
 

Keoladeo National Park is located at Bharatpur city of Rajasthan state. Most of the tourist called this national park as Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Keoladeo wildlife Sanctuary is famous for bird's paradise which is having over 380 resident and migrant species of birds, including the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes which comes in every season. The Keoladeo as well as Ghana National Park are the excellent place to spot mammals like Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, and Striped Hyena, Sambar, Fishing Cat, Nilgai, Blackbuck and wild Boar. In year 1981, Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary, Bharatpur was given the status of National Park. The name Keoladeo has been derived from a nearby ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva.

Flora and Fauna of in Keoladeo Ghana National Park -

Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Bharatpur .There is variety of avian species in the Sanctuary. Ghana is the word which all people use to call locally due to its rich vegetation species, is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. Park is having diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.

A startling fact about the creation of this bird sanctuary is that it was first meant to be shooting preserve and none less than Lord Curzon himself inaugurated the first duck shoot in Keoladeo National Park.

According to the books and facts there are as many as 350 bird species which we can spot at Keoladeo Ghana National Park. But this number is total number of species visiting the sanctuary over the period of one year. There were more than 40 species which a normal person could spot in the park and in around 5 hours.

Tickets to enter into the national park are Rs 200 per foreign visitors and Rs 25 for Indian visitors. Bicycle charges are Rs 20 for old model hero cycles and Rs 40 for more suave new-generation bicycles, Keoladeo National Park Open from the time of Sunrise till sunset. Mode of transportation inside the park: You can choose to walk, bicycle, or go by cycle rickshaw, Tonga or boat when the water level is high.

Bharatpur Government Museum: Government Museum of Bharatpur is one of the best attractions of the town. This museum offers a sight of the erstwhile royal grandeur of Bharatpur.
 

Bharatpur Palace: It is very close to the Bharatpur Museum, Bharatpur Palace is a wonderful structural combine of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
 

Lohagarh Fort: The unbeatable Lohagarh Fort that stayed unconquered in spite of numerous attacks made by the British government is a must visit place.
Deeg Palace: Deeg Palace is located only 32 KMS away from Bharatpur. A very strong and huge fortress, Deeg Palace was built as a summer resort by the local Jat monarchs of Bharatpur. It has several stunning gardens and palaces.

Best Time to visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Although Keoladeo Ghana National Park remains open for the visitors throughout the year but the ideal time to visit the sanctuary is from August to November to see the breeding of resident birds and from October to February to view the migrant birds.

How to reach Keoladeo Ghana National Park -

By Air: Delhi airport is about 5-6 hours from the Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

By Train: Bharatpur is connected with regular train services with all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Mumbai. The Bharatpur railway station is 6 Kms from the bird sanctuary.

By Road: excellent network of road services connects Bharatpur to all the major cities of Rajasthan and neighbouring states like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Bharatpur is well connected by road from Agra (55-kms), Delhi (176-kms) and Jaipur (176-kms).

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