The famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is now adorned with a new name, the Keoladeo National Park.But its enticing synopsis remains unblemished and glistening. Declared a world heritage site,post its recognition as a protected sanctuary in 1971, the Keoladeo National Park is a sanctum for the birds where they rejoice in their joie de vivre. The rich avifauna of the sanctuary is renowned world over, as one of the most illustrious places hosting one of the largest bird population, common and rare species alike.
Amidst the severe and arid climatic conditions, the park is the only region which has significant vegetation in its vicinity. Spanning over an expanse of 29 sq.km, the reserve acts as a shield to Bharatpur, protecting it against frequent floods. The park is an abode of numerous bird, floral, lizard ,snake, amphibian, turtle and a variety of other species. As already mentioned, the sanctuary is one of the richest zones for all species of migratory birds, its resident birds and also some of the endangered avian species. Every winter, thousands of migratory birds flock the sanctuary, making the place an alluring destination for ornithologists and tourists alike.
The region receives scarce to moderate precipitation and hence, the vegetation of the region mainly comprises of tropical,dry deciduous forests and small shrubs and trees. The trees that particularly dominate the region include Kadam, Jamun, Babul,Kandi,Ber and Kair. The highlight of the park for which it assumes a highfalutin status lies in the facts that it is a staging ground for the migratory waterfowl and also winter habitat for the critically endangered Siberian Crane.
If you are on a visit to this park, you are likely to encounter some of our beautiful avian folks that include Common Teal, Gadwar, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Cotton Teal,Indian Shag, Ruff, Painted, so on and so forth, the list seeming to stretch upto ad-infinitum.
Moving forth to the mammal count, the park flaunts its mammalian assets with pride. The 27 species of mammals,comprising of the Blue Bull,Feral Cattle, Spotted Dear, Wild Boar, Porcupine, Common White Sambhar and many more, present a luculent picture of biodiversity.
Concluding on a synopsis,the Keoladeo National Park welcomes you to its province with open arms and an experience that will leave an indelible impression in your minds.