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Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur

Best Travel Duration

October to February

Ghana Bird Sanctuary

Description: Ghana Bird Sanctuary

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, more popularly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has one of the most prolific bird life in the country. Two-thirds of the Park lies under water and the remaining one-third is covered in dry deciduous forests and extensive grasslands.

The history of the area dates back in time when Prince Bhamji of Morvi state, Gujarat, used the area as a hunting preserve. Gradually, it became popular with the ruler of Bharatpur. On one occasion held in honor of Viceroy Lord Curzon in 1902, thousands of birds were killed and their exploits engraved on stone plaques standing near the Keoladeo Temple, standing tall in the heart of the Sanctuary.

After Indian independence, the Reserve was notified as a Bird Sanctuary but the former rulers of Bharatpur continued with their exploits till killing of birds was banned in 1972. The area was declared a National Park in 1981 credited to the efforts of eminent ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali.

Today, the Park supports a population of 375 species of birds along with many mammals and reptiles. The most notable winter visitors to the Park are the rare Siberian Cranes, whose numbers have dwindled to only two over the years.

How To Get To Ghana

By Air:

 

The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56 kms from Bharatpur.

By Rail:

 

Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. The Bharatpur railway station is 6 kms from the Park.

By Road:

 

A network of roadway services connects Bharatpur to all the major cities of the Rajasthan and its neighbouring states like Delhi, Uttaranchal and Haryana.