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KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK,BHARATPUR IN IMAGES-3

Here are some more photos from Ghana Bird Sanctuary…

 

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LORD SHIV TEMPLE IN THE SANCTUARY

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A PLAQUE DECLARING THE STATUS OF THE PARK AS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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PARAKEET

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BLACK SHOULDERED KITE

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COOTS

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PAINTED STORK

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KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK,BHARATPUR IN IMAGES-2

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MONGOOSE

As you can gather from the last post that I have just returned from a visit to the Ghana Bird Sanctuary. It was a long day well spent. The point of these posts is to motivate you too to visit the park if you have any interest in the natural world. Because I personally feel that wildlife is going to get rare sooner than later.   And if you are living near Jaipur-Agra-Delhi-Bharatpur then it is done as easy as it is said. If like me you do not want the hassle of staying in a hotel, just go for a day visit. The park is open from 6am to 6pm, so pick your time. You also have a choice of mode of transport in the park, namely cycle rickshaw, tonga, bi-cycles, walking & electric van. Once you are inside the sylvan world of the park you will be hooked. If you are a novice it is a good idea to take along a field guide or hire a cycle rickshaw whose driver can point out the flora & fauna & the birds.Remember to bring along a camera with a good lens, besides binoculars & field guides, as these birds etc are living in a natural habitat & may be shy of the visitors.

A few do’s & don’ts while visiting the park.

Do not litter or smoke in the park or talk loudly or feed the birds.Keep safe distance from animals.

Here are some more pictures from the last days visit.

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MONKEY

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ARID AREA

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TERMITE HILL

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THE TRAIL

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KINGFISHER

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HOOPOE

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PAINTED STORK

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BLACK DRONGO

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PADDY BIRD

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WATER BODY

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MONITOR LIZARD FEMALE

 

BOMBAY NATURAL HISTORY SOCITY (BNHS)

 

KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK,

BHARATPUR,

T.91-5644-222777

dirkeoladeo @ gmail.com

KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK,BHARATPUR IN IMAGES

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Keoladev National Park is the official name of the Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The national park is named after a Lord Shiv temple in the park by the same name & ‘Ghana’ refers to dense forest cover. It is spread over 29 sq.kms. Prince Harbhanji of Morvi State in Gujarat developed the area as a duck hunting preserve for the Maharaja of Bharatpur in his tenure as an administrator of Bharatpur in 1899. He actively had constructed bandhs & dykes   to hold water to create marshes to attract the birds from far & near. The Bharatpur Maharaja handed over the sanctuary to the Rajasthan Government in 1956 to be run as a bird sanctuary & it was declared a National Park in 1981 &  a Word Heritage Site in 1985 by UNESCO.

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TIME LINE (Click to enlarge to read)

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THE BAG & THE GUNS  (Click to enlarge to read)

Anytime is a good time to visit the park because there is some or the other activity going on in the park.

From July to September The water fowls are nesting & breeding.

From October To February Migratory birds are arriving.

From March to June Resident birds are nesting & breeding.

The sanctuary is near the Golden Triangle of Jaipur-Delhi-Agra so is very well connected by road & rail while the nearest airports are Jaipur & Agra & Delhi.

According to the official records there are diverse species of water fowl, plants, mammals, fish,snakes, lizards,geckos,turtles, butterflies & other various life forms. But first & foremost it teems with birds & their call. 374 species of birds have been recorded.

The park is open from 6am to 6 pm. You have various option in how you visit the park. You can hire a cycle rickshaw to take you around the park (The driver doubles up as a guide too) or cycles, tongas & naturalist guides or electric van for big groups.

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ENTRANCE TO THE PARK & THE CYCLE RICKSHAW STAND

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PAINTED STORK

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WATER BODY

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POND HERON-PADDY BIRD

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PAINTED STORK

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SPOTTED DEER

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THE PYTHON

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PADDY BIRD IN FLIGHT

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WATER SNAKE

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SPOTTED DEER

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ANTELOPE

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Places To Visit Near Jaipur-A list

When you are in Jaipur you see all the popular places ,monuments , gardens, palaces,forts which are in or very near Jaipur but miss the places a little out of town but surely worth a visit.This is an effort to list  such places.This list  should also be useful to the people of Jaipur looking for a weekend break near the city.

Sanganer

16 km from Jaipur off the Tonk road this  town is famous for the hand made paper and block printing with vegetable dyes.

Jaisinghpura Khor

12 km from Jaipur on the Amber road,a meena village,it has a fort,a stepwell and a jain temple.

Shahpura near Bhilwara

220 km from Jaipur this town is famous for Pabuji ki Phad paintings made till this day by the Joshi’s  and a stepwell and  Ramdwara temple.

Bagru

35 km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Ajmer highway this village is famous for hand block printing with vegetable dyes ( Bagru Print) and a fort.

Jamwa  Ramgarh

32 km from Jaipur this village was known for an artificial lake once spread over an area of 20 km.It used to be  a very popular picnic spot during the rainy season.

Samode

40 km from Jaipur this village has a fort which has been converted into a Palace hotel.This palaces is well worth a visit with lunch at the fort.  M.M.Kaye’s Far Pavilions was shot here extensively.

Bhandarej

Bhangarh

Abhaneri

Mehndipur Balaji

lalsot

Sikandra

Kuchaman

142 km from Jaipur this village had the distinction of being on the silk route.Sambhar is 60 km from here.It has a famous fort on a hillock.

Sambhar

94 km from Jaipur it has the biggest inland salt lake and the holy Devyani tank and the palace.

Pushkar

Sawaimadhopur

The Ranthambore National Park covering 329 km  comes under Project Tiger.

Bharatpur

176 km from jaipur- a Jat kingdom-is an ancient city and was part of the Matsy kingdom around 1500 B.C.The impressive Lohagarh fort was built around 18th century by Raja Surajmal  and definitely worth a visit.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park once a hunting preserve of the royalty was declared a sanctuary in 1956 and a national preserve in 1982.Now it is  a world heritage sight.over 400 species of birds have been sighted here.Open all year round from 6 am to 6 pm.Mode of transport inside the sanctuary are bi-cycle,boat and cycle rickshaws.

Bairath (Viratnagar)

86 km from Jaipur on Alwar-Shahpura road in this ancient village relics from Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods have been found.Remains of  Budhist monastraies built by the Emperor Ashok have been excavated here.Parswanath a Jain temple is nearby.Legend has it that Pandavas  spent a year here.

Pachewar

90 km from Jaipur on Malpura Road in Tonk District is this 300 year old fort of Khangarot-Kachawa rajputs.

Pachar

85 km from Jaipur via Renwal is the village of Pachar.Famous for its fort and Jain Mandir.

Salasar Balaji

Khatu Shyam Ji

Kota

249 km from Jaipur settled  on the banks of river Chambal ,famous for Kota Stone and Kota Doria Saris.

Mahaveer ji

The temple  to Mahaveerji was built at the spot where a statue of shri Mahaveerji was discovered by a cow herds man.A big fair is held every year in the month of March.

Neemrana

Almost midway on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in the lap of the ancient Aravali range lies the vanquished kingdom of Nimola Meo-who when defeated by the Chauhans took an oath from them to name the kingdom after him.Sensitively refurbished to its old glory the fort has been converted into a world famous non-hotels.Definitely worth your time.There is a stepwell nearby to sight see besides the fort.For activities they provide Zipping-flying  supported by cables.

Karauli

Founded some 500 years ago as Kalyanpuri ,Karauli is famous for an annual  cattle fair held in February,  and the temples of Kaila Devi and Madan Mohan Ji and  the Bhanwar Vilas Palace,now a heritage hotel,built in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Dev Bahadur.There is also the Kaila Devi  game sanctuary.It is spread over 25 kms and is part of the Ranthambore Game Preserve.

Tonk

110 km from Jaipur on the NH 12 Nawab Ameer Khan settled the modern Tonk.Places of interest are the Sunehri Kothi,inlaid with magnificient mirror work (Closed on Sundays) and the Arabic and Persian Research Institute ( 01432-247389).Tonk also produces high quality Namdha.20 km from Tonk is   Natwara Fort of Karnot Rathores.

Kanota

15 km from Jaipur on Jaipur Agra High way Kanota Fort houses a Museum  and a library with rare books.

Rajmahal Palace in rajmahal village on the banks of the Banas river at the foot hills of the Aravalies was built by Rai Singh Sisodia some 350 years ago is being run by the Kanota family as a Palace Hotel.

Bundi

210 km from Jaipur Boondi was founded  in 1342 by  Rao Deva Hada    as the capital of his Hadoti kingdom.

A Birding Fair in Jaipur

Ramana Athreya (center) ,discoverer of Bugun Liocichla,a new species of bird, and friends.

From the left Mr.Ashok Singhvi,Ramana Athreya,discoverer of a new species of bird called Bugun Liocichla at the Eaglenest Sanctury and Mr Subhash Uppal at the 12th Birding Fair.

On 6th & 7th February 2009, The Tourism and wildlife Society of India(TWSI) organized the 12th annual birding fair at the Man Sagar Lake,Jaipur.The theme is “Communities in Conservation”.

Ramana Athreya,from Pune,Tom Jones and Rajkumari Jones from UK,and about a dozen representatives from Keoladeo National Park,all avid bird watchers were present.

Mr.Athreya discovered a new species of bird in 2006 and named it Bugun Liocichla.Mr.Tom Jones takes care of the shore birds at Anglesey Island in North Wales.Ms.Rajkumari Jones chairs the squirrel protection group in UK.

The event was  sponsored by WWF, SBBJ, Bombay Natural History Society and Jal Mahal Resorts (P) Ltd. among others.

This was  one more of the Society’s and the authorities ongoing efforts to develop the Man sagar Lake area into a haven for the migratory birds visiting Jaipur.Recently the Forest Department has  proposed to declare  the area as the first protected area of Jaipur  instead of  a reserve and to develop the area as a tourist spot with horse safari,nature trail,dear park etc.

Extensive renovation has been going on at the Jal mahal itself for some time now.

This 250 year old lake is a natural habitat for about 150 local and migratory birds.

Bird Watching In Jaipur

A Bird Fair in Jaipur you say. Read this.On  8 th & 9  th February 2008 the 11th annual   bird fair was  organised by the Tourism Wildlife Society of India at Mansagar Lake,Jaipur.This lake has been developed by the Jal Mahal Resorts Pvt.Ltd. after an expenditure of 17 crore rupees.The basin has been cleaned and three types of grass,two varieties of lotus and fish preferred by the migratory birds have been sown. Consequently about  100 types of migratory birds  were seen here by the help of binoculars by school children bird enthusiasts from jaipur and foreign tourists .The fair was inaugurated by American ornithologist Peter G Caisner.He has seen 8144 types of approximately 10,000 species of birds found on earth.In India we can find only about 1200 types of birds. The event was dedicated to the national bird peacock,as their numbers are decreasing day by day due to poaching and use of pesticides.About  a dozen  experts from Bharatpur also  attended the fair and imparted information about how to protect our feathered friends.  Common Teal, spoonbill duck, grey heron, red crested pochard , sand piper and flamingos were some of the birds seen here.