Bharatpur-Indian birds paradise

By: Bharat Gupta

It was 6 am and we were cycling towards the birder’s paradise in a foggy, chilled December morning. It was early morning, and there was great hustle and hustle in the waters.I was mesmerized to see the vast variety of avian life congregated at a single place i.e. my camera work and concentrated on a lone endangered Black-necked stork which was hunting in shallow waters near the road alongwith a group of magnificent spoon-bills.These two species are clear examples of nature’s creativity. After 2-3 hours of busy We decided to relax and have our breakfast which we brought with us. Then move ahead to explore other areas of the national park.?

On the way, we saw water pumping machines installed by park authorities in order to maintain adequate water levels. The park is facing severe water shortage and its ramifications were evident as I saw big sized dead fish on the water surface.

We reached an ancient temple of local diety named Keoladeo.The park derived its name from this deity who is worshipped by local people. Historically this place was hunting ground of maharajas of Bharatpur.KGNP is situated on Delhi-Agra national highway-road diverts at Mathura which is about two hours journey from Capital State, Delhi & Bharatpur is? about 34 kms from here.We rushed to a spot where single pair of Siberian cranes were located. I enjoyed the sight of our guests standing close to their native cousin–Sarus cranes.

?The park was full of immense variety of birds. Officially over 300 species of avian life visit, inhabit this tiny oasis of life.This is truly a birder’s paradise and a great conglomeration of vast variety of exotic migratory birds from all parts of the world. The bird migration is a very unique and wonderful phenomenon where numerous birds travelled thousands of kilometers with new borns to reach their fixed winter sojourns. This is an annual phenomena that has bewildered scientists who have put forward various theories to explain this. KGNP is a historical place in this context. It is a place for ornithologists, amateur bird watchers, trigger-happy people like us and ordinary nature lovers.

The beauty of the park is its ban on all kinds of vehicles. Only rickshaws & bicycles are allowed inside the park.It is very easy to get a bicycle on daily charges of Rs.40-50 which is provided by hotels/lodges. Besides, rickshaws are available on cheap rates and these rickshaw pullers can also act as guides. There are a large number of hotels, lodges? available at very cheap rates near the entry point of? KGNP. The place is accessible by bus & railways. Best season to visit this place is November –February. This place deserves a visit.

Title:-Bharatpur-Indian birds paradise

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