Bharatpur is truly a Birder's Paradise. One can see the beauty of Eqypt, Tibet, Siberia, China and India at one place . Although I was new to Bird watching still I enjoyed a lot.
We reached Bharatpur around 3 p.m and did on the spot booking of Hotel Saras( RTDC hotel). After taking rest from journey reached Keoladev National Park around 5 p.m which is around 0.5 - 1 km from Park so we have less then 2 hrs to visit the park. (Park entry Timing is 6 a.m to 6. Pm)
We took a ricksaw (70 Rs/hour) can accommodate 2 people and 2 cycles (rs 40 each). Riksaw Puller had the very good information of the Park .
As we entered inside the Park whistling of Birds all around make the beginning so pleasing, we meet Forest Babbler , Parrot . Owl , Peacock etc mainly the Local Birds upto 2-3 km inside the park. As the ricksaw puller told us that there are big pythons and stork, crane colony in the wetland of the park but Since it was getting dark so we moved back and decided to come back early in the next morning.
We started around 6:30 am and took the same means of transport. This time we moved fast directly to the wetland. We were really happy to see the big colonies of Painted Stork next to them living happily the family of ibis . Unfornately we were not able to find python but we see big lizards , spoonbills , neelgai, eagles ,water hen , cranes , kingfishers , nightingales Lotus etc. There is a temple of Lord Shiva inside the park. Machans were there to facilitate Bird Watching. We returned around 10:30 a.m. We also missed boating inside the wetland as it started after 15th of oct..
Later we decided to visit Bhartapur Fort but the premises are all occupied by locals and museum was also closed on Monday so could not make it.
1. Take ricksaw if you are new in bird watching as they have fairly good information about the birds.
2. Visit Morning as well as in evening you will see different types of Birds.
3. Take good optical zoom camera for better photography.
4. Take water bottle as well as some refreshment especially when you are going with kids.
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