BHARATPUR BIRD SANCTUARY:
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park 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 major tourist 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 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering and breeding. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. The rare Siberian cranes used to winter in this park but this central population is now extinct. According to founder of the World Wildlife Fund Peter Scott, Keoladeo National Park is one of the world’s best bird areas.
It is an important wintering ground for large numbers of migrant ducks. The most common waterfowl are gadwall, shoveler, common teal, cotton teal, tufted duck, knob-billed duck, little cormorant, great cormorant, Indian shag, ruff, painted stork, white spoonbill, Asian open-billed stork, oriental ibis, darter, common sandpiper, wood sandpiper and green sandpiper. The sarus crane, with its spectacular courtship dance, is also found here.
Warblers, babblers, bee-eaters, bulbuls, buntings, chats, Painted francolins and quails are also spotted. The Indian grey hornbill and Marshall’s iora are also present. There are many birds of prey including the osprey, peregrine, Pallas’ sea eagle, short-toed eagle, tawny eagle, imperial eagle, spotted eagle and crested serpent eagle. The greater spotted eagle has recently been recorded breeding here, a new breeding record for the species in India.
Region Bharatpur, Rajasthan
No of Days Ex – Jaipur 03 Days
Grade Road Safari Easy
Type Bird Watching
|Day 1||Jaipur – Bharatpur||Standard Cottages||L,D|
|Day 2||Bharatpur||Standard Cottages||B,L,D|
|Day 3||Bharatpur – Jaipur||B|
Day 1: Jaipur – Bharatpur
Arrive at Jaipur railway station by 0800Hrs and meet The Tern Travellers leaders and transfer to Chilika. Check in to the resort and have Lunch. Evening we head for birding in the Keoladeo park on pedal cycles. Return to resort, have dinner and call it off a day.
Day 2: Bharatpur
It’s going to be cold and chilling early morning and a hot cup of tea shall make you warm. Move out with packed breakfast and lunch. A full day birding excursion inside the park exploring park on foot and cycle will be a dramatic experience. Enjoy lunch inside the park at a serene place. Return back to resort and post dinner call it off a day.
Day 3: Bharatpur – Jaipur
A lazy breakfast and we checkout from resort, drive straight to Jaipur. We should reach Jaipur by 4 in the evening and wave off as we disperse. Trip ends with new friends, memories and loads of Photographs.
Tour officially ends here.
Ex-Mumbai: Indians: Adult: ₹15,500/-*** per head
Ex-Jaipur: Indians: Adult: ₹10,900/- per head
Total seats: 20 each batch
(The above rate is valid until June 2020 for all departure dates mentioned above except Christmas/New year vacation)
|Bharatpur||The Birders Inn or Similar||Deluxe|
***Note: Above mentioned hotel are subject to change depending on the group size or similar category hotels will be offered.
- Return 3AC train fare from Mumbai
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in above mentioned.
- Transportation by AC Vehicle.
- Meals as per mentioned in the itinerary.
- All birding as per itinerary
- Cycle inside Bharatpur for each
- Entry fees to the park
- Safari charges, forest permits, guide charges.
- The Tern Travellers Wildlife Naturalist cum Leader
- Leader Charges
- GST 5%
- Additional / personal use of vehicle.
- Extended stay due to weather conditions or any situation not in human control.
- Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.
- Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- Camera fees.
- Adventure sports at the property.
- Airfares/Rail fare.
- Anything Specifically NOT mentioned in includes.
|PAYMENT SCHEDULE (Per person)|
|At the time of booking||50%|
|21 days before Departure||75%|
|14 days before departure||100%|
- The Tern Travellers reserves the right to cancel and forfeit the paid amount in case of payment schedule not followed.
|Cancellation period||Cancellation Charges on Cost|
|More than 30 days||25%|
|30 to 21 days||50%|
|21 to 07 days||80%|
|Less than 07 days or No show||100%|
Things to Carry:
- A Hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- A dust protection mask
- Personal Bottle (To avoid plastic use – 1LtrsX2)
- Small backpack for safaris (10Ltrs)
- Bird books
- Sun screen
- Only dull coloured clothes (Green, brown, Beige, Camouflage)
- Camera (At owners risk) with proper equipment for photography (As per need)
- Fleece/Jacket (temperatures drop in the forest to below 10 degree Celsius
- Energy bars for safaris
- Wildlife safaris/Bird watching is a matter of luck and opportunity. No guarantee of any sighting is made. Neither of our associates will quote that, although we try our best to spot and show you as much as nature allows us to.
- Birdwatching is a hobby and not a race, hence request all birders to maintain discipline at all times.
- Bird watching is an art of silence and key observation.
- Avoid Pointing out directly to a bird that might flush the bird away.
- Do not get too close to a bird for a photograph that you flush it away.
- Birdwatching should be enjoyed by binoculars and the fun is to spot them, identify them and if you still have some time with the bird photograph them.
- Never enter the forest with an intention of spotting a single species, it will only disappoint you. The forest is a gift packet with a lot to surprise with. Listen to our naturalist for more wonderful experience.
- Our walks are not target species specific (Unless specified)
- We explore everything we find uncommon and need to be explained.
- Any demand for spotting a single species in any jeep will not be entertained by the guide or the tour leader as there are other travellers who would want to see the birds etc.
- Respect & honour everything that is in the forest and it has to offer you.
- Enjoy being in the forest and you will feel much happier away from the concrete chaos.
- Respect the local, tribes, guards, guides, drivers, officers and all animals.
- Front seat of the Gypsy is always reserved for the Guide or Guard.
- No extra room will be made for photographers, respecting other travellers. (For photographers it is recommended to opt for higher options)
- No littering in the forest strictly. (what goes comes back the same way)
- Camera fees & guide tips to be paid separately & directly.
- Kindly follow the instructions given by the tour leader and the guide for your own safety.
Departure dates: TBA