Any rain in Bharatpur bird sanctuary?

#1 Sep 5th, 2003, 03:35
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Hi folks,
I was wondering anybody with first hand information about the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur. Has the monsoon been sufficient this year to fill the lake inside the park??
We are heading that way anyway but it would be nice if there was water in the park this time!!
Cheers!!!

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Things look pretty good cyberhippie! I realise this is not firsthand but the area had an above average monsoon so there should be no shortage of water this season. Which means many more birds than last year.

Afraid we can't make it this year. If you make it can you give our best wishes (Alan and Caroline) to Man Singh, rickshaw driver number 5 and also to park naturalist Dilip Kumar if he's still around. Enjoy your visit!
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Birender Singh, driver no 84, is also excellent.
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I will look for both (or either) of those drivers when I'm there in October.
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cyberhippie and wonderwomanusa

An interesting day trip from Bharatpur is to Bund Bareta about 50 k's away. It's a man made lake surrounded by hills with a lot of water birds on it. You can also walk to a palace on a hill owned by the Maharaja of Bharatpur. The building is not that old but there's a great view over the lake.

There's no regular bus service and it's a bit far for cycling so you'll have to take a taxi for the day. Man Singh can arrange this and also travel with you as a guide. He's one of the earliest rickshaw men employed at the park and an expert on the bird species.

If you're lucky at Bund Bareta you may see Indian Skimmer, so called because it picks up food by trailing its bill across the water, a speciality of this place. Picture below, juvenile (left) and adult (right).
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Cyb, et al . . .!:

There's a fort about 36 KM from B-pur called Bayana. It's on one of the main railway lines. I have been reading the Baburnama, and Babur makes mention of it quite frequently. It might be worth a day ytip and totally unvisited, , methinks. anyone going there, pls lemme know.
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Cheers!!

Thanks guys for all the "inside information"!!!!!!
Yesterday we recieved an E-mail from friends and it looks as though we will be spending around 10 days in Bharatpur, while we wait for everyone to arrive, ah well it's a tough life but some ones got to do it !!!
So as well as the positive signs of a better than average monsoon,plus all the little extras you have given us, it looks like our stay will be even more enjoyable.
You'll probably catch us buzzing around on a Yamaha again!!
We still have'nt seen Deeg or Mathura yet, so we may not see all the suggestions but they all sound like they're all worth a visit!!
WWusa please send us an update when you get there in October and stay at the park View!!! the Hotels are all much of a muchness really, but A K the owner of the Park View is a really nice guy and his self tought culinary skills make a stay there that wee bit special.
Oh and try the carrot cake, a speciality of Bharatpur, A K will fetch it from the freshest source if your nice to him!!
It really is a great place to be, when you consider all the "days out" options available

Ok ok thanks again and I'll get back to me glass/bottle of red wine (I waffle when I'm drunk ask Mrs Cyberhippie!!)

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Thanks to Alan, Bijapuri and Cyberhippie for suggestions! I've never stopped in that part of Rajasthan so will look forward to it -- and maybe run into you-all (or some of you-all) in one spot or another.

My bird-watching friend will be green with envy if I see an Indian Skimmer!
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just a caveat- I haven't actually been to Bayana . . . I do my research for upcomming trips to India mostly in history sources, hence my reading the Baburnama. for all I know, it's a stripmall now.

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Cyberhippie,

If you ar egoing to spend 10 days at Bharatpur, then you have ample time to visit Deeg. The pavillions at Deeg are lovely.

Mathura is famous for Lord Krishna's temple and sweet "Pedhas"!

Once you are in Mathura, Agra is not very far off ! Agra's "Petha" is almost as famous as the Taj Mahal!!!
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Glad to hear that the monsoon was good. I was in Bharatpur in March and it was so sad, there was practically no water at all. The turtles were thrashing about in muddy puddles and by the side of the road were dead too many dead cows. It broke my heart.

As Shimla has already mentioned the palace at Deeg is a really nice place, and I got the impression that it is well off the usual tourist trail as I was the only person there.
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I visited B-pur one March after a decent rain the previous season, but the guide told me that most of the birds had left already. I saw a lot of birds, so it must be awesome in high season! this I am thinking, that timing is everything there
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I just came back from Bharatpur. Yes, good rain just change the whole bharatpur Park. Next December and January will be nice to visit .
sorry Bharatpur always agood place for bird watcher.
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I agree with indiaguide. December and January are the best months for the largest numbers of migrant birds.

There is a problem however. Sometimes in these months the park can be fogbound (or smogbound) for days on end and you can't see the birds!

We had one spell like this a couple of years ago - temperatures down to 5C at nights. In the end after 5 days of this we took a bus to Jaipur. It was great to see the sun again.

In October there won't be quite as many birds but there shouldn't be any fog.
What a long strange trip it's been!

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