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Keoladeo National Park: Walk into the bird paradise of Rajasthan

If you are a bird-lover, then perhaps there is no better place for you in India than the Keoladeo National Park. Nestled in the state of Rajasthan, this park was earlier known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and is home to thousands of birds of an eclectic variety.
The park is spread over an area of 29 sq km and is a paradise for a bird-watcher. It is swampy and wet in nature and lures hundreds of migratory birds during the winter. So, it goes without saying that the best time to visit Keoladeo is between the months of December-February. However, even if you visit during the remaining part of the year, you are not going to be disappointed by any means.

One of the best things about this park is that it is very well-connected. You can reach it directly from Jaipur (the capital of Rajasthan) by a bus or car. You can also reach this park from cities like Delhi or Mathura which are geographically stationed in close proximity. The park is also close to the local railway station and one can arrive directly by a train.

Keoladeo National Park is historically significant. It also enjoys the status of being a World Heritage Site. Hence, it receives a huge number of photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and foreign tourists. Even locals looking for a refreshing break can find exuberance at this corner.

Some common attractions of the park are the storks and the herons. It is here at Keoladeo that you can even spot the painted stork. Its body is magnificently colored and does make for an eyeful. Some other popular birds of the park are common teal, darter, ibis, sandpiper and Sarus. Eagles, hornbills and quails are also found in abundance. It is difficult to write down the names of all the varieties of birds found at this place.
But if you thought that the park only houses birds, then you were quite wrong. At this green-wet site, you can also catch sight of plenty of mammals running about. Boars, deer, jackals, hyenas, cats, bats, porcupines and bulls keep rearing their heads once in a while.

Besides, since the region is a marshy wetland, you can ogle at some good varieties of snakes and lizards. It would be suffice to say that Keoladeo National Park houses all kinds of fauna, though the birds are the chief attractions.

One of the exclusive traits of this park is that it is open throughout the year, even during the months of July-October when most of the wildlife sanctuaries in the country are closed for tourists.

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