Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - A World Heritage Site
Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, now called as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. It is located on an area of approximately 232 sq. km.
This wildlife sanctuary is one of the finest bird parks in the world; hence it is also referred to as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The Bharatpur Lake, around which the bird sanctuary is located, was artificially created as a result of the dam that was constructed to save the Bharatpur town from floods. Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary was accepted as a National Park in the year 1982 and was declared as a World Heritage site in the year 1985.
There are more than 300 species of birds which could be found in Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary. The major ones are the migratory birds which include Cranes, Ducks, Flycatchers, Eagles, Shanks, Wagtails, Warblers, Hawks, Wheatears, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, Pelicans, Stints etc. Besides birds, it is also the home for a number of other animals which include Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Black Buck, Jackals, Otters, Boar, etc.
Best Time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
The best season to visit Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is from August to November for resident breeding birds and October to February for migrant birds.
How to reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
The nearest airport is at Agra, which is 56 kms from Bharatpur; and the nearest railway station is at Bharatpur, which is only 6 kms away from the wildlife sanctuary.
To see other famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, check out: Famous National Parks in India.