Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park was formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is famous for avifauna sanctuary. It is a major destination for tourist and ornithologists. The name ‘Keoladeo’ is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Shiva while the term 'Ghana' means dense.

This sanctuary attracts a large number of ornithologists from all over the country and the world. During the migratory season this sanctuary plays home to 230 avian species.In 1971, the park was declared as a protected zone and was later included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
The bird sanctuary is a man-made wetland. It isduck-hunting paradise for Maharajas and this sanctuary lies between two of India’s most historic cities - Agra and Jaipur, around 190 km from the New Delhi.

The Keoladeo Ghana Bird sanctuary is home to 379 floral species, 366 bird species and several animals. The sanctuary is one of the richest areas of avian habitation in the world.

The sanctuary came into existence about 250 years ago and is named after the Keoladeo Temple situated within its premises.The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the best birding areas in the world. In every year around 1,00,000 visitors visit this place and out of these visitors, about 45,000 are foreigners. It is a very popular tourist destination in Rajasthan.

The park is open from morning 6:00 AM to evening 6:00 PM. Inside the park, tourists can seek accommodation at the Forest Lodge and a Government run Guest House called Shanti Kutir.In this park Camel and Jeep safaris are used. The best time to visit this temple is in the month of October to February.

The nearest airport is Agra which is 56km away from Bharatpur.

Bharatpur is well connected by road from Agra, Delhi and Jaipur. Private buses and cab are also available.

Bharatpur is connected by rail to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra.