Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

#1 Jul 28th, 2005, 17:07
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I am planning a trip to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary somewhere in November/December 05. I would love some good company on any suitable basis, or if nothing else some advice about the place. It is a serious trip to study birds and do some photography.

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Bharatpur or the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a wonderful park as you can take your bicycle or go on foot you really catch that feel of being with nature!!
As well as birds you stand a great chance of seeing Jackel, Pythons, Samber Deer, Spotted Deer, Jungle Cats.
Here's just a few of the birds I've seen Purple Moorhen, Yellow legged Green Pigeon, Cuckoo Hawk, Pigmy Woodpecker, Dusky Eagle Owl, Brown headed Eagle, Nightjar, Sarens Crane, Painted Stork, Spoonbill, Pied Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Adjatant Stork, Snake Bird (can't remember the corrrect name here) Grey Hornbill, Magpie Robin.........the list goes on.
All the hotels are located nearby around 200 meters from the gate and there's a hotel to suit everyone!!
For food I highly reccomend your try the food at the Park View Hotel, great home cooked North Indian food at affordable prices!!
Enjoy, you never know in December we may very well be there ourselves (I'm hoping for water in the park this year)
We'll be the Dutch/Scottish couple staying at the Park Viewm, drop over for a chai!!
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Pateluday:

For what its worth, I was in Jaipur during November 04 with the intention of going to Bharatpur, but was told, repeatly, that the park was dry and birds had migrated elsewhere.

You may want to confirm these conditions don't exist at the time of your visit.
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The water birds were indeed missing last year but the park has a lot more to offer than just the migratory water birds!!
Here's hoping the same fiasco doesn't happen this year as this would I believe cause serious damage to the parks reputation as a place to see these water birds!
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Originally Posted by cyberhippie The water birds were indeed missing last year but the park has a lot more to offer than just the migratory water birds!!
Here's hoping the same fiasco doesn't happen this year as this would I believe cause serious damage to the parks reputation as a place to see these water birds!

Yes we were concerned about this, as were the the guides we had for our visit. But notwithstanding the lack of water, we actually changed our plans to stay an extra day at Bharatpur because we enjoyed it so much, it really deserves it's World Heritage Status.

Can I recommend a guide called Arun Bhat. He is a naturalist with an international reputation, and a charming man to spend a day with. If you are interested, PM me and I will give you his email address.
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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Thanks everybody. This year the rains are good, and I am looking forward to a good birding session. An may I be in good company.
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I never found out what the proper name for those "snake birds" is, either!
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in addition to birds, pythons are easily seen in the morning, rarer in the afternoon.
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But the stuffed snake is there all day long

OK I didn't see it personally but we stopped at Bharatpur as part of an intrepid trip and everyone bar myself and a friend went and had a look at the python. Allegedly it was stuffed (like taxidermy) but I'm scared of snakes anyway so didn't see it.

The park is beautiful though and I would recommend it - also a nice place to go for a bike ride without worrying about the traffic!
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WWUSA a snake bird's correct name is an Indian Darter!!
Oh and the pythons are definitely NOt stuffed, some look that way when they are about to shed their skin though!!
My mate touched one and it glided effortlessly away!!
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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Would like to go to Bharatpur with a birder. I am a birder & naturalist myself. Will share expenses or just go birding together! What ever. Sometime before mid february. Looking for plain good birding experience.

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