Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo National Park
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Bharatpur bird sanctuary is home to over 350 species of birds.
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  • KRISHNA PATEL
    Janjgir-Cham District, India11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place
    Keoladeo National Park is a vast bird sanctuary and former royal game reserve in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. South of the ancient city of Bharatpur, the park’s woods and man-made wetlands protect over 350 species of migratory and resident birds, including herons, cormorants and eagles. To the southeast, Fatehpur Sikri is home to sandstone temples and a mosque, built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Temac1970
    Melbourne, Australia146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many birds to see !!!
    Really impressed with this. Our guide pointed out so many bird (and some animal) species. So much more to see than I was expecting. Nice change to be in some green / nature after lots of stone palaces / forts etc…. Well worth a look.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Just1Why
    New Delhi, India46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A weekend to remember!!!
    A beautiful drive from the national capital for a great weekend getaway. The national park has plenty of options for affordable and comfortable stay around it. Definitely a must go place for a fun filled weekend.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • carolyn
    Johannesburg, South Africa67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birds did not disappoint
    The birds did not disappoint . We enjoyed being guided around the sanctuary and being introduced to the many beautiful species in the park. Best visited early morning and late afternoon with time to walk the nature trails where we saw our best sightings. Guide was excellent and would recommend taking the opportunity to be shown around the park with a trained guide. I would recommend asking the guide to take you deeper into the park to start so as to not get caught up with the crowds . We hired an electric rickshaw at 1200 rupees for 3 hours. Sadly the park does not issue day tickets so you have to pay entry twice if you leave in the middle period of the day. Food facilities are ok, you can get a packet of snacks and a chai but nothing much else .Toilet facilities are available but not kept in good condition. The info leaflet could also do with a basic checklist and better map. Overall we were there for the twitching and that was wonderful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Debajyoti Deb
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bird watchers paradise....
    It's a paradise for bird watchers especially btwn oct- feb... entrance fees are nominal & students get discounts but in order to view the stunning birds, a guide wth a telescope/binocular is a must... a guide is mandatory wth an e-rickshaw/ toto which cost us 800 for d toto & 800 for the guide wth telescope. (Guide is mandatory for those opting for e-rickshaw which fits 4 persons). Guide is not mandatory for those opting bicycles & horse drawn carriage. Our guide Sajjan Singh not only spotted the birds but even clicked the photos in our phone through d lens of his powerful telescope!! Cluster of birds, their homes, family & even new born being fed by mother Painted Stork. An experience indeed!!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Dipti
    31 contributions
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    Birders paradise
    Highly recommend!!! We went in 2 rickshaws and our guide was Mr.Jagdish. he made our trip phenomenal!! He's so passionate about the wildlife and so respectful too. The kids and adults learned a lot in the 2 hours we spent here. We went on a 3 hour ranthambore safari the next day and that paled in comparison. Ask for Mr. Jagdish and you won't be disappointed. Don't miss this one!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
  • shroff
    Delhi, Canada1 contribution
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    Best place to see migratory birds
    Our trip guide Arvind Naturalist(9413838813) helped us see many species of bird and areas that we alone won't be able to see or cover, Though we could only cover 11km of the Sanctuary. The 29 km(11 sq mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering and breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. The rare Siberian cranes used to winter in this park but this central population is now extinct. According to founder of the World Wildlife Fund Peter Scott, Keoladeo National Park is one of the world’s best bird areas.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 29, 2023
  • Rachel T
    Tucson, Arizona5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for nature lovers
    If you have even a passing interest in birds or wildlife watching you should make this bird sanctuary a priority. We went in Jan 2024 during migratory bird season. By India standards it’s somewhat pricey for foreigners - 851 INR for entry. There were plenty of others on self guided tours on bikes or on foot, but I think it’s worth it to get a guide and e-rickshaw (the e-rickshaw is surprisingly quiet). We booked an afternoon tour with Arvind, who I highly recommend. We contacted him through WhatsApp (+91 94138 38813, arvindnaturalist@gmail.com) and he met us the next day at the ticket counter. Within minutes of entering the park, we saw a spotted owl, a python, and a green pigeon. He pointed out at least 30 different bird (and mammal and reptile) species and was a fantastic resource for learning about all of the birds. He helped us get great photos through his telescope and we had an amazing time!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 10, 2024
  • Aisharob
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable, unmissable Experience
    The second biggest highlight (number one was seeing a tiger at Ranthambore) of our three week tour in India. We saw deer, jackals, jungle cats, and then, when we reached the lakes, thousands of over wintering birds, far too many varieties to mention. We aimed to go back a second day but as it was foggy we missed out. I highly recommend a trip here if you're travelling between Agra and Jaipur. We stayed at The Birders Inn which was glorious.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
  • Rahul B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    We did a group tour and decided to go with our guide Mr. Mohan (+91 98878 69334). He knows all the locations very well and this made it very easy for us to find the wildlife. He's also very punctual and had a very respectful attitude. Will definitely go with him again.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 27, 2024
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PriyaG1404
Laval, Canada27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The sanctuary setting is lovely. However it was frankly a little boring for someone who doesn’t know a lot about birds. Also we were very put off by the fact that the guide came along with us (without us asking him to) without telling us he would charge an additional cost and then used many delay tactics to take the longest time he could, even when we asked him to please move it along, as he was planning to charge per hour. His name is Krishna Gopal Sharma, and though he obviously knows his stuff, he is in the business of making money. He tried to tell me he told me his rate but that I had simply forgotten. That was annoying. We were all very disappointed that even somewhere like a sanctuary would have scam artists. I recommend going on your own with a rickshaw driver and/or bicycles. If you take a guide, negotiate the exact amount of time and price in advance.
Written February 6, 2020
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vasugoyal8
Greater Noida, India109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We visited on 25th Dec, Saturday which was a public holiday. Though the crowd was very heavy but nevertheless we enjoyed and spent close to 5 hours inside.

1. Serious Bird watchers/tourists should enter by 7-7.30 am when the crowd is less. After 10-11 am, crowds increase and their noise scares away birds. Getting entry tickets and rickshaws also becomes difficult and time taking.
2. Rickshaws and guides roam around near the booking counter and can be booked and paid directly.
3. Visitors can visit on foot/Official bicycls/rickshaws. There are only 2 horse drawn tongas which are difficult to find n book. Own vehicles/cycles are not allowed inside.
4. Personally, a rickshaw is the best way to tour this park as the rickshaw pullers also double up as guides and more importantly assist in bird sighting. Park Licensed Rickshaws have a registration number and name printed on a plate and their pullers are more knowledgeable than outside rickshaws pullers, who are also allowed inside the park.
4. Official Guides, ride their own bicycle along with visitors and carry high zoom binoculars with stand for viewing.
5. Having a binoculars is a must to see the birds from close in their natural habitat. Rickshaw pullers also carry good quality Nikon/Olyumpus Binoculars and charge a small fee for usage. Our Rickshaw puller charged Rs 200.
6. The park has a main road with small roads branching out. Initial few kms is dry area and it is followed by wet area. At the end there is a temple and a food joint. From there, the road turns left deeper inside the wet area. There is also a watch tower in that area. From here, it takes around 40 mins to return to the main ticket counter by rickshaw, moving non stop.
7. Its advisable to carry own water bottles n light snacks.
8. Rates are fixed. Entry Fee Rs 111/-. Guide Rs 250/hr, Rickshaw Rs 150/hr and official parking lot Rs 60 (can't recall exact amount).
Overall, visiting this park is a lovely experience in Winters to witness thousands of resident & migratory birds in natural habitat. Our experience was also bettered thanks to our knowledgeable Rickshaw puller guide. We can share his number with anyone who needs.
Written January 19, 2022
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NikhilaPachani
Rajkot, India317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This park is known for the migratory and many other species flying in the park.
We had 3 days tour and the visit was enjoyable as well as tiring for whole day.
The entry is available after 6 am till evening sunsets.
We could sarus crane, painted stork, different species of kingfisher bird, egrets, heron, pochard, shovelers, Pelicans etc.
cormorants fishing and darters fishing was best thing to observe.
The temple area has a washroom and refreshments area which makes nice hot tea coffee.

Cycle Rikshaw on
Single or double occupancy are available and charge around 1800/- per Rikshaw per day.
The Rikshaw drivers are extremely knowledgeable about birds and also familiar with places where best found.
They also take tips at the end of the trip as per your wishes.
Some students who stay in the park for PhD also were seen.
Overall all basic things are there. In case of emergency they have charging point where battery of camera can be charged in case of emergency.
There is a sovenior shop which has some books and magnets and shirts and caps.
Overall good experience.
Written February 10, 2020
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MonicaJain2017
Greater Manchester, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
You can hire a guide at a nominal set rate of Rs 250 per hour, they carry tripod and binoculars.
The guide have years of experience in spotting the birds and it is well worth hiring one.Our guide showed us numerous birds and explained their peculiar habits. We felt like we were witnessing a live version of planet earth. We walked for 4 hours along a 8km walking track and viewed many beautiful and unusual birds which migrate to Bharatpur from various countries. The weather was warm and pleasant during the day but by evening it starts getting chilled.
Written January 2, 2022
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Aryan2007
Mumbai, India19,164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Keoladeo National park also known as Bharatpur bird sanctuary is a heaven for bird watching ! The place is just 29 sq kms but is very well maintained, clean and green. There are about 465 bird species both indigenous and migratory which can be spooted here. There is a huge water body in the centre of the park and there are walking paths all around the same.

We hired a cycle rickshaw for the entire day and the driver also doubles up as Guide. We spent entire 2 days from dawn to dusk inside the park and were delighted to sight thousands of birds from over 100 species ! The most memorable ones were the Majestic Saras cranes, Pelicans, Dusky Owls, Eagles, Cormorants, Darters, etc. We also spotted jackals, turtles and python !

There are only 2 canteens inside the park serving only basic tea, coffee, maggi and soft drinks, so we arranged for lunch being delivered by the place where we were staying. Enjoyed the experience of having meals under a tree in a clean, peaceful and serene setting !

There is a nice souvenir shop at the entrance where we pickup up some tshirts, fridge magnets and books to remember our visit here.

Overall a beautiful place and must visit for anyone who loves birds, loves nature !!!!
Written February 8, 2020
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vikas b
Jaipur, India46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Worth visiting this place from October to March. Just 3 hours drive from Jaipur.
You can get either a rickshaw (for two pax) or a tanga(for 5 pax) or a bicycle on rent to cover this majestic place.
Rickshaw charges you Rs 150 per hours and tanga for Rs 300 per hour and bicycle is availabe at a cost of Rs 50-60 for four hours, depending on the type of cycle you choose or if it's available.
Right form the very beginning you will start observing various types of birds, deers, cheetals, neel gai, kingfisher, owls, Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc can easily be captured by your camera lenses :)
PS: If you have personal Binoculars then do carry it or else you can get it on rent as well.
Written January 7, 2020
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Crackers71
Melbourne, Australia74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
What an incredible place!! Keoladeo is a must visit for any birdwatcher visiting this part of India. The variety of bird and animal life is just incredible. I hired a naturalist as a guide and he was very knowledgeable and well worth the cost so that I knew what species of birds I was seeing. Apart from the amazing bird life, we saw Rock Python, Deer, Jackal and was incredibly lucky to see a Striped Hyena which aren't often seen. You can hire a guide and rickshaw driver at the gate. Take water and some snacks/lunch if you plan on staying all day as there isn't a cafe as such within the grounds.
Written March 14, 2020
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xchali
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg18 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a great national park, not only for bird lovers. I never take a guide but in this place I made an exception and it was 1000% worth it! Most of the animals (turtles, antelopes, birds, wolfs) are quite far way from the path so you need a telescope and a trained eye to find them which the guide can provide you with. Thanks to my guide, I was standing 1 meter from a python, a kingfisher and a couple of owls while other tourists were just passing by on their rickshaws because they didn't notice them. Certainly worth the money!
Written February 28, 2020
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stiggy v
Aalst, Belgium36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Beautiful park, a must do for anyone going between Agra and Jaipur. You will need a proper guide and take a full day to appreciate it's beautiness. We started in the morning until after sunset and used a rental bicycle to move ourselves around. An optional boat ride is also highly recommended and can be booked in the park for 700 INR. Owls, eagles, kingfisher, stork, golden ducks, eland, deer, jackal, boa and many more were easily spotted. Our guide baney guided us around for a full day and gave us good advice. I recommend.
Written January 23, 2023
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Zia
218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Business
Come and visit in the early morning or late afternoon would be nice. You can stroll down to the end of the road if you have enough time, or walk for awhile and then take a ride instead. Remember to keep quiet inside the park for birds don’t like noise, and pickup a binoculars would be helpful watching birds. One hour should be enough for usual tourists, but people who love birds or photographers may consider spend longer time here. If you need, there are professional guides you can hire, they can introduce you the knowledge of birds in the park.
Written February 29, 2020
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