Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary – A Haven of Life
February 6, 2015 • Spiritual Adventures
After our very special morning witnessing the sun rise over the Taj Mahal we left Agra and headed west to Samode, a little know village in Rajasthan that would be our home for the next 3 nights. On the way there we made a brief stop at the Keoladeo National Park (formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
The national park is a man-made and man-managed wetland that is about 29 km2 (11 sq mi) in size. The diverse habitats of the national park 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.
Upon our arrival we had 14 cycle rickshaws waiting to whisk us away into the park. It was a lot of fun. These rickshaw drivers are bird experts having done this for decades and were able to not only spot but identify various birds for us. I’ve visited many national parks in India but have never seen as much wildlife as I’ve seen here. What an amazing collection of wildlife. Here are photos from our adventure that afternoon.
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