Bharatpur Journals

Birding in Bharatpur

Best of IgoUgo

A January 2002 trip to Bharatpur by phileasfogg

A Darter at Dawn Photo, Bharatpur, India More Photos
Quote: Keoladeo Ghana National Park (whew!) is India's premier bird sanctuary- a squawking, singing, HUGE crowd of birds in a setting of marshes. Great for a winter-time birdwatching trip!

Birding in Bharatpur

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

A Darter at Dawn Photo, Bharatpur, India
Quote:
Birds, birds and birds! The Siberian crane is a must-see; so are the raptors and the geese. An early-morning walk is just about the best thing to do here.Quick Tips: Take a sturdy pair of boots and don't forget your binoculars. Winter - between October and mid-February - is the best time to visit; that's when the migratory birds are all over the park. Keoladeo's very close to Delhi (just about 200 km, along the National Highway to Agra), so getting here isn't a problem, and you can do the trip by bus or hire a jeep. Whatever you do, reserve your hotel room well in advance. And try not to go over a weekend. That's when hordes of noisy families descend on Bharatpur from nearby towns, aro...Read More

The Park

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Quote:
The Park is one of the many plush hotels which have appeared in recent years close to the entrance of the Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary. It's large, looks rather like a colonial white-washed bungalow, and isn't high-rise. This place was newly built when we stayed here, so maybe that accounted for the overwhelming smell of fresh paint and varnish that enveloped it. Rs 1,000 got us a very comfortable and airy double room, with a huge bed (beautifully crisp sheets!), a coffee table with two large chairs; and a 26" Colour TV. The room was air-conditioned too, so I think that Rs 1,000 a night was really a very good deal- and this was at peak season! The only drawback to the room was the bathroom- though very...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

The Park
Near Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Main Gate
Bharatpur, India

Walking through Keoladeo Photo, Bharatpur, India
Quote:
Although the options for exploring Keoladeo Ghana are many- including hiring a rickshaw or a cycle- we discovered that really the best way of seeing this place is on foot. The good thing about walking through the park is that the trails are all level ground, so it isn't frightfully strenous; you aren't restricted to bike trails- you can actually head off the path if you want to- and there aren't any dangerous wild animals lurking in the undergrowth (barring a tigress which happened to have strayed into Keoladeo while we were there). The park covers an area of around 29 sq km, and a series of paths- some paved with brick, others dirt tracks- wander through the park. To begin your walk, get an entry ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Walking through Keoladeo
Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Bharatpur, India

Of Lipstick Birds and Jungle Kotwals

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
We’re ploughing our way through tough, knee-high grass, wet with dew and harbouring God knows how many insects. Every now and then, there’s a pothole, an anthill or some such unpleasant surprise, and the fact that one can’t even curse loudly- for fear of scaring away birds- makes us even madder. We’re in Bharatpur- or to be more precise, in the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It’s 8 in the morning on a chilly January day. A mist is hanging over the marshes and the grasslands, and the park is, mercifully, free of the crowds of tourists who’ll come in later in the day. Since this is a bird sanctuary we’re in- India’s best known, and a World Heritage site, incidentally- it’s ...Read More
Quote:
Keoladeo Ghana is India's best bird sanctuary, and the birds you'll see here will be a fabulous cross-section of not just species from the Indian sub-continent, but also a sizeable bunch of migrating species. Most prominent are the aquatic birds, which include greylag geese, bar-headed geese, brahminy ducks, pelicans, pintail ducks, jacanas, common moorhens, purple moorhens, darters, egrets, and the gorgeous shocking pink-tinted painted storks. The park's also got a decent popualtion of raptors: white-shouldered kites, spotted owls, crested eagles, and a few others- though they're not as visible as the rest of the birds. Other feathered friends around include magpie robins, golden or...Read More