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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

bharatpur bird sanctuary

The city of palaces, Rajasthan also provides a shelter to 380 species of beautiful birds in the most scenic environs of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Situated at the eastern part of Rajasthan the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of most favorite destination of tourists on an Agra tour. Agra to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is only 56 kilometers away and hence, is preferred by all the wild life lovers on an Agra excursion. The sanctuary is spread on a landscape of 29 kilometers and is a remarkable reserve of both flora and fauna.

History of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary:

The sanctuary was created 250 years ago and name Keolodeo National Park after the famous Keolodeo Temple within its boundaries. The park upholds a history of being a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Bharatpur and duck shoots were organized in honor of the British viceroys. Until 1972 the rulers of princely states were allowed shooting but in 1982 grazing was banned causing clashes between government and local communities. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary with its abundant reserves of flora and endangered birds is designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Main Wildlife Found in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary:

bharatpur national park

The park provides protection to the valuable fauna and flora.

The park inhabits indigenous water- birds, migratory water birds as well as waterside birds.

The park hosts a small population of the rare Siberian Cranes, Ruddy She ducks, Gulls, Coots and Tufted ducks.

The park also gives shelter to Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.

The best time to visit the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is the winter months from November to February. This is the time when birds from Siberia and Central Asia migrate to the park. These species include Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wheatears, Buntings, Larks and Pipits etc.