This fascinating nature reserve at Bharatpur deserves more than one visit. We went three times over a day and a half, and it was barely enough. Undoubtedly this was one of the highlights of our trip to India. We saw sixty six different types of bird , most of which we had never seen before, and we enjoyed our it immensely. Our guide, Laxmi kant Mugdal, was so knowledgeable that it was a joy to have him with us. Unfortunately we had not the time nor the equipment for serious bird photography, but there was so much to see and enjoy that it hardly seemed to matter.

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Park ethics on display


Laxmi and Tim




and his tonga





Sarus cranes and a cormorant

whitebreasted waterhen


night herons

is that an eagle?

sunset was very beautiful

pied kingfishers gave a spectacular display


Here is a list of the birds we saw at Keoladeo:

14/11/00 pm - Sarus crane, white-necked stork, medium egret, white ibis, whitebreasted waterhen, Indian pond heron, crow pheasant/cukal, jungle babbler, purple heron, grey heron, black-necked stork, black-winged stilt, spotted sandpiper, white-tailed lapwing, red-wattled lapwing, teat, shoveler, bronze-winged jacana, green sandpiper, steppe eagle, little egret, wigeon, snakebird/darter, greenshank, chiffchaff, large/great cormorant, magpie robin, lesser pied kingfisher, common kigfisher, white-throated kingfisher, spoonbill, black drongo, little cormorant, purple moorhen, spotted owlet, spotted eagle, dusky horned owl.

15/11/00 am - white-cheeked bulbul, red-vented bulbul, common minah, yellow-throated sparrow, red partridge, pied bushchat, collared copse owl, Brahminy mynah, great egret, large grey babbler, greylag goose, black bittern, dusky crag martin, swift, black -winged/shouldered kite, lesser golden backed woodpecker, night heron, Siberian crane, house crow, grey wagtail.

15/11/00 pm - Indian roller/blue jay, marsh harrier, red-breasted flycatcher, rufus-backed shrike, glossy ibis, lesser whistling teal, collared dove'

While in Bharatpur we stayed at the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel, which we enjoyed greatly. It was less than ten minutes drive from the Park.

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