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Unearth how THIS royal hunting ground near Jaipur, earned the status of a national park

The management here has trained the rickshaw pullers in bird watching and they make for extremely knowledgeable guides!

Keoladeo National Park is located in Bharatpur, which is almost a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. Known earlier as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, it was turned into a national park when noted Indian ornithologist and naturalist, Salim Ali, used his influence to garner government support. Apart from being home to more than 370 species of birds, this national park also hosts a myriad of flora and fauna within its premises. Let's trace the intriguing journey of this bird haven through the annals of history!

Breeding & feeding ground for birds

Recognised as one of the world's most important bird breeding and feeding grounds, the origin of Keoladeo National Park traces back to the 1850s. During that era, it was marked as a royal hunting ground and game reserve for the Maharajas and the Britishers. In fact, the story of Lord Linlithgow, Viceroy of India between 1936-43, shooting thousands of ducks here in a single day, is widely known.

Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, this national park is home to hundreds of bird species and animals, such as the basking python, painted storks, deer, nilgai and more. Further, it is also known as the breeding ground of rare and elusive migratory birds, such as the Siberian Crane!

Know before you go!

The best time to visit Keoladeo National Park is around the month of August as the weather during this month is best suited for you, to embark upon a wildlife safari. Moreover, don't forget to explore the blend of beauty, culture and vibrance that Bharatpur is, by visiting nearby attractions, such as Deeg Palace, Lohagarh Fort and other historical destinations.

Knock Knock

A trip to Keoladeo National Park is a must for nature-enthusiasts, who like to trek wild and muddy trails in the midst of nature. These trails can be covered on foot or by cycle and rickshaws. Interestingly, the park management has trained the rickshaw pullers in bird watching, hence, they make for extremely knowledgeable guides! So drag your best buddy to this heavenly abode ASAP and while you're at it, don't forget to mask up.

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