Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, also renowned as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, is located in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and is considered a haven for bird watchers or wildlife enthusiasts. The national park is home to a diverse range of birds and was established over 250 years ago. The park got its name from a nearby Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva and welcomes a multitude of migratory birds such as Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes.

The main highlights of the national park for the visitors are the vibrant variety of migratory birds which come from places like Siberia and Central Asia and make this area their habitat during the winter season before moving back to their breeding place. The park also inhabits other mammalian species along with other attractions to see like Bharatpur Government Museum, Lohagarh Fort, and Deeg Palace which makes the visit to this national park worth your while. The diverse habitat of the park comprising of wetlands, woodland, and swamps is abode to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 fish species, 13 species of snakes, 5 lizard species, 7 amphibian species, 7 species of turtles, and a multitude of other vertebrates as well. Visitors can explore the park either on foot or on a bicycle or cycle rickshaw that is the most preferred way.


Keoladeo was announced as a Bird Sanctuary in the year 1971 and was later declared a National Park in 1981 covering an area of 28.7sq. kilometers. The park was also declared as a Ramsar Site under the Wetland Convention in October 1981 and was given the status of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Used by the erstwhile Maharaja of Bharatpur as his hunting grounds, the area was unofficially established as a Bird Sanctuary by him in 1956. During the British Raj, the park was also used as a site for hunting Ducks to welcome the British Viceroys which were then retained by the Maharaja until 1972.

Dominant Flora

Locally known as Ghana National Park, the area comprises of wetlands, dry grass woods, woodlands, and woodland swamps. The principal vegetation type are tropical dry deciduous forests intermixed with dry grasslands with some of the major found trees such as Kadam, Jamun, Babul, Kandi, Kair, Piloo, etc.

Dominant Fauna

Keoladeo National Park Safari

No vehicles are allowed inside Keoladeo National Park and safari is only done through cycle, elephant, cycle rickshaw, and golf carts. Walking is also allowed inside the park and all the other means of travel are available at the entrance of the gate on per hour hire basis.

Apart from this, you can also hire a bicycle from the entrance gate and explore the park on your own or you can also take a boat ride in the sanctuary to add some unique experience.

Safari Fees:

Timings and Entry Fees of Keoladeo National Park
Best Time to Visit

Although the park remains open throughout the year, the best time for to visit is from November to March as the weather remains pleasant and it is the ideal time to witness the migratory species of birds.

Climatic Conditions

The weather is hot in summers with the temperature rising to 50 degrees Celsius in June while the winters are very cold with the temperature as low as 4 degrees at night in January. Monsoon is the major source of precipitation which start in July to mid-September with an average rainfall of 300-5—mm.

The best time to visit the place is from October to March when the weather is bearable and pleasant to explore the park and spot various wildlife.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Where is Keoladeo Ghana National Park located?

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, also called Bharatpur National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, is in the state of Rajasthan.

What is Keoladeo National Park famous for?

Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park is known as one of the world’s most significant bird breeding and feeding grounds and is a heaven for nature and bird lovers.

Which airport is near to Keoladeo National Park?

The nearest airport to Keoladeo National Park is Agra Airport at 44km away. Other nearby airports include Delhi (160km) and Jaipur (172km).

What is the entry fee for Keoladeo National Park?

The entry fee for Indian visitors is INR75 and for foreigners is INR500. Entry of any kind of vehicle is not allowed inside the park.

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