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#1 Oct 21st, 2012, 01:35
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The birds are back at Keoladeo bird park after many years of drought and water loss through pumping.
http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-ne...ur_805300.html
I have put it here as it's such a great place to do Agra and Fatehpur Sikri from, and Deeg too.
I can personally recommend Falcon Guest House as a superb mid range/cheapie, the home cooked food there is sensational, but I'm sure there are others too.
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#2 Oct 26th, 2012, 18:16
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Super! We definitely want to visit here in December. On wikipedia, it says one can see the park in the following ways: "walk, bicycle, or go by cycle rickshaw, Tonga or boat when the water level is high" and the cycle rickshaw drivers are both guides and have binoculars...although biking sounds like a lot of fun! What do you recommend is the best way to experience this park and the birds?
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Take the cycle rickshaws
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I think bicycle would be good idea. A cycle rickshaw and a guide would be a bit costlier since they charge by the hour. A cycle rickshaw driver who also works as a guide might be a bit cost effective. Also make a point to see the Deeg Palace and the Bharatpur Museum while you are there.

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Thank you both aarosh, is it possible to rent binoculars somewhere nearby?? We don't own any ourselves unfortunately, and if renting a bike it would be useful if we had a pair between us. I've always found them sooooo useful on safaris in South Africa but always have a guide or family member with a pair. Can't imagine birding without one!?

And...is it really this crowded???? Never seen so many people together in a nature park before!!!
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When I was there in September 2011 I had hired a cycle rickshaw driver and a guide. The guide was in his bicylce and he had his binoculars with him. May be you could hire only a guide. You could ask about hiring a binocular at the ticket counter.

September is not considered to be high season in the park. I still saw some crowd there but they were spread out. I am not sure how crowded it would be in December though.
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Great, will note that down and find out. It could also be handy to have a guide anyway so we learn more about any birds we see - always want to know the names and without a guide (or a birdwatching guidebook, which I don't want to carry) it would take too much research later to find out. Maybe it will be really full in December!
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The rickshaw wallahs are in effect trainee guides, i.e I think most of the guides were, once upon a time, rickshaw guys. The whole park thing is a Sikh operation, where as the hotels are all Hindu.
Either way, you always always need a guide in a nature park. Even hard core bird spotter will take a guide cos the guide knows where all the nests are. But of course you should nail the price beforehand, I'm sure you know that. His binoculars will suffice, but they probably wont be that good, if you could borrow a pair from someone beforehand it would be better. If you are coming form afar, and hence forking out on a massive plane fare, and are wanting to go to wildlife parks, then wake up and go get yourself a pair of bins for 30. Get a pair of half decent lightweight ones, e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Praktica-B00...250816&sr=1-15, obviously light weight ones will be easy to carry, but DONT get a cheapish pair of massive ones, they will be useless without a stand anyway.
As I said above, I really cant recommend the food highly enough, but if you are Indian anyway then maybe there isn’t such a wow! factor on that. If you are visiting, go to where I have suggested and just tell mama "I'm eating what you guys are having". I have sent a series of people there and they've all thanked me profusely.
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Good info, a guide definitely seems to be worth it - rickshaw or other. This will be the only park we'd go to on this trip, so 1 day out of 6 weeks will be spent on anything even remotely resembling a safari. More likely we'd borrow from someone here before leaving than buy a pair

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