Short Guide about Keoladeo National Park

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Short Guide about Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana NationalPark formerly known as
the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a
famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during
the winter season.
Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident. It is also a majortourist
centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It
was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a World Heritage Site.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland
and one of the national parks of India.
The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing
grounds for village cattle, and earlier was primarily used as a waterfowl
hunting ground.
The 29 km2(11 sq mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of
dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps and wetlands. These diverse
habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floralspecies, 50 species of fish,
13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle
species, and a variety of other invertebrates.
The park is 2 kilometers (km) south-east of Bharatpur and 55 km west of
Agra. The Park is spread over approx 29 square kilometer area.
By virtue of being one of the best bird watching sites of Asia, more than
100,000 visitors come to the park every year. The range of visitors varies
from very serious birdwatchers to school children.
Of the visitors, 45,000 are foreign tourists. In addition the location of the
park is such that tourists visiting Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Jaipur invariably
stop over at Bharatpur. The park opens from sunrise to sunset around the
year.
To better explore this beautiful bird sanctuary, you need a local rajasthan tour
operator which will guide you properly.