Bharatpur Journals

Bharatpur: Birdlife extravaganza!

A May 2000 trip to Bharatpur by actonsteve

Wood owl looking like a puppet Photo, Rajasthan, India More Photos
Quote: You will be amazed by the wildlife in India. One of the best of reserves is the great wetland area of the Kaladeo-Ghana National park - a haven for thousands of animals. Conveniently on the route between Agra and Jaipur, a stop here is well worth the detour.

Bharatpur: Birdlife extravaganza!

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Overview

Brahma bulls in dry lakes in Bharatpur Photo, Rajasthan, India
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Remember those 'Jungle Book' fantasties? Or the 'Just So' stories that were read to you as a child?Well here it comes to life. One of the best places to see Indian wildlife on the subcontinent. The sheer profusion of animal life is staggering. You may see white ibis, jackals, wild boar, nilgai, cranes, mongeese, flamingoes, otters, pythons, hyenas and Indian black buck. One of the best places to get close to nature in the world.The park was set up as the private hunting reserve for the Maharajah of Bharatpur who would have parties which shot over 4,000 birds at one shoot. Nowadays tourists are ferried around by guides and the only shooting done is with a camera. The park is sea...Read More

Hotel Sunbird

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Hotel

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All the hotels in Bharatpur had names connected with birdlife. Along bird sanctuary road were hotels 'Falcon', 'Pelican', 'Spoonbill' and Eagle's Nest. We plumped for the 'Sunbird' which was a beautiful little hotel not far from the park gates. It works out at about £15 a night and the service was prompt and impressive. There seemed to be a family atmosphere at the 'Sunbird'. The hospitality helped by the fact that we were there in the low season and guests were exceptionally welcome.The rooms were a nice size with shower and air-conditioning. They were cream in colour with a wide bed and a clean toilet. There is no television so I would advise a good book for the evening. The televisi...Read More

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Hotel Sunbird
Bird sanctuary road
Bharatpur, India

Wood owl or handpupper Photo, Bharatpur, India
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India still stuns with the abundancy of its wildlife. The Keoladeo Ghana National park almost bursts at the seams with creatures out of 'The Jungle Book' and you can get a real taste of wilderness India amongst its lakes and watermeadows. You may spot sambar, nilgai, pythons, wildboars, jackals, otters and hyena's but it is most famous for its migration of thousands of birds which added to the year-round residents creates an incredible spectacle. Even if you are not interested in birdlife then the open lakes and jungle make a relaxing environment. A world away from the tourist frenzy of Jaipur and Agra.The best way to see it is with a guide. We hired a turbaned Schwammi and his cycle-r...Read More
The tomb of Sheik Salim Christi Photo, Bharatpur, India
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There are ruins in India that simply knock you sideways.And the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri is one of those. Nearly perfectly preserved after 450 years in the Rajasthan desert it's pavilions, walls and mosque are a magnificent sight and testimony to the great building power of the Moghul Emperor's. It is also conveniently on the way between Agra and Jaipur, but I think Bharatpur makes a good base to explore Fatehpur Sikri. And the bus service on Bird Sanctuary road gives a good show of village India life on it's journey to the ruined city.Fatehpur Sikri was the creation of one man - Akbar the Great. Shah Jahan is the most known of the Moghuls as the builder of the ...Read More