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Mesmerize in the beauty of Keoladeo National Park

24 Sep
Mesmerize in the beauty of Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park, formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is located in Bharatpur sity of Rajasthan, India. It is famous worldwide for its avifaunal species. Lots of visitors come here especially in winters as many migratory birds come here and make this sanctuary their breeding and resting ground. It spreads over an area of 2,783 hectares. Earlier, it was a duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Bharatpur. It was later declared a bird sanctuary in 1956. In 1985, it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park by east med wanderer on flickr.com

Keoladeo Ghana National Park is named after the temple of Lord Shiva (Keoladeo), which is located inside the forest (go here to see the temple image). This national park is famous for its 364 species of winter birds that flock here in large numbers during the winter season. They arrive from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Many ornithologists arrive here for the studies related to birds. This national park is a man-made wetland. This reserve also protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and thus, serves many purposes.

Keoladeo National Park (1)

Keoladeo Ghana National Park by east med wanderer on flickr.com

The 29 Km of the land is locally known as Ghana and contains dry grassland, woodlands, wetlands and woodland swamps. This diverse habitat supports 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. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird sanctuaries in the world. The best time to spot the birds is either early morning or evening. Floral species of the national park are dominated by the trees & plants of kadam, jamun, babul, kandi, ber, shrubland, salvadora oleoides, salvadora persica, aquatic vegetation, etc. Forest area spreads in a large area.

Oriental-Magpie-Robin-Keoladeo-National-park

Oriental Magpie Robin by anindya55 on flickr.com

Fauna of the park divide in many parts like waterfowl which includes Gadwall, Shoveler, common teal, cotton teal, tufted duck, comb duck, little cormorant, great cormorant, Indian shag, ruff, wood sandpiper, Asian open-billed stork, etc. Land birds include bulbuls, buntings, partridges, quails, grey hornbill, marshall’s iora, short-toed eagle, tawny eagle, spotted eagle, crested serpent eagle, etc. So, basically it’s a bird paradise.

Sarus Cranes Keoladeo National Park

Sarus Cranes by east med wanderer on flickr.com

Mammals include feral cattle, spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, porcupine, Indian gray mongoose, jungle cat, leopard, rhesus macaque, fishing cat, small Indian civet, smooth-coated otter, jackals, hyena, gerbils, bats, etc. Herpetofauna (reptile species) includes python, monitor lizard, Krait, cobra, tortoise, Russell’s viper, etc.

Lizard

Lizard by east med wanderer on flickr.com

The climate of the area is warm as the sanctuary is located in Bharatpur. Summers are too warm and winters are not very cold. Many bird species need this climate. Rainfall is also less. Due to which lots of migratory birds like the Siberian crane move here at the time of peak seasons of their country and reside there for some time.

Keoladeo National Park (2)

Image by amanosamarpan on flickr.com

To visit the sanctuary, the best time is from August-November for resident breeding birds and October –February for migrant birds. At this sanctuary, nature is at its best and it can be admired by any visitor.

I recently found about an interesting blogging community called the ABC Wednesday and luckily my this post looks good to be submitted in their weekly post. So I thought, why not give it a try. K is for Keoladeo.

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31 responses to “Mesmerize in the beauty of Keoladeo National Park

  1. Sonnja

    September 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful birs photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

     
  2. Harsha

    September 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely Description..And Love the Pictures as well.. 🙂

     
  3. lolaWi

    September 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    beautiful!

     
  4. soroilily

    September 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Beautiful photos and great info 🙂

     
  5. adinparadise

    September 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    A lovely place indeed. Love those Sarus Cranes. 🙂

     
  6. Pat

    September 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Beautiful shots of some of the wildlife found in the park.

     
  7. Iamrcc

    September 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Nice photos of the National Park. Particularly like the photo of the Oriental Magpie Robin. Thanks for your visit to my site and the like of my post “Night Time Coming”.

     
  8. Buntag-Photo

    September 25, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Sounds like a great place to visit in general, and for photographers more specifically.

     
    • Swati Singh

      September 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

      It is, thanks for the visit

       
  9. Marcy

    September 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Beautiful wildlife pictures, what a wonderful park. Great choice for K
    K is for …

     
  10. lesliebc

    September 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful place and I particularly like the 2nd photo.

    Leslie
    abcw team

     
  11. Roger Green

    September 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    This is a thorough, lovely post!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

     
  12. India Wildlife Blog

    September 26, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Nice post 🙂

     
  13. frizztext

    September 26, 2013 at 9:16 am

    a paradise – at least for birds!
    thanks for your statement about luck:
    http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/whats-luck-to-you/

     
  14. firstandfabulous

    September 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    So much going on there. So many animals, birds…a wonderful description of the park. The photos are very complimentary.
    Also, thanks for visiting my blog. Much appreciated.

     
  15. ladyfi

    September 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Wow – lovely set of shots.

     
  16. rabirius

    September 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Amazing landscape and wildlife.

     
  17. dalo2013

    September 27, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Wow, such beautiful photos and landscape! Such a beautiful piece of India that I have not seen, but now definitely want to check out, incredible. I’ve been to India on business (textiles), but next time this will be on my itinerary. Great write up and information. Cheers!

     
  18. Minoru

    October 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Hi! Nice captures. Your photos are breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

     
  19. Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

    October 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Beautiful…and yes, this post is perfect for the Bird D’Pot meme. I’m glad you shared this post! And I look forward to many more bird photos/spottings you come up with in the future!!

     
  20. Henry G L

    October 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    beautiful blog with beautiful shots from a very beautiful place :), welcome to Sunday stills

     

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