Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo National Park Timings, Entry fees, Route information
Keoladeo National park is located in the floodplains of Bharatpur and is a large shallow saucer-like depression extending up to 29 Km. The present national park had its beginning sometime between 1726 and 1763 when the Ajan Bandh was constructed by Suraj Mal, the then ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Bharatpur. The reason for creating this park was conceptualized by the duck shooting spots which he came across during his visit to England. The flood resulted in the creating aquatic vegetation and the area soon emerged as freshwater marshes, which began to attract the large population of migratory birds from Siberia, Russia etc. This reserve, locally known as Ghana, is a mosaic of grasslands, woodlands, woodland Swamp, and wetlands.
The Maharaja handed over this area to the Government of Rajasthan which on the advice of the National committed for Bird Preservation. This area was declared as the Bird Sanctuary in 1956. In the year 1981 Keoladeo Nwas declared as a National Park and in 1985 the park was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO under the World Heritage Site Convention.
This park is inhabited by Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Great White pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Little Commorant, Darter, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Indian Pond-Heron, Pacific Golden Power, River Lapwing, Grey-Headed Lapwing, Sociable Lapwing, Pintail Snipe, Jack Snipe
How to reach Keoladeo National Park?
- The nearest airport is at Agra which is 56 Km from Bharatpur. Delhi airport is at 184 km away.
- The nearest railway station is at Agra. The direct trains available from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra stations. Bharatpur
- This park can be reached from Agra station.
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