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KEOLADEO GHANA NATIONAL PARK

KEOLADEO GHANA NATIONAL PARK

A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE regarded as one of the world’s most important bird sanctuaries, Keoladeo Ghana derives its name from a Shiva temple (Keoladeo) within a dense forest (ghana). This once-arid scrubland was first developed by Bharatpur’s rulers in the mid-18th century by diverting the waters of a nearby irrigation canal to create a private duck reserve. Extravagant shooting parties for British viceroys and other royal guests were held here, and horrifying numbers of birds were shot in a single day. Today, the park spreads over 29 sq km (11 sq miles) of wetlands, and attracts a wide variety of migrant and water birds who fly in each winter from places as distant as Siberia. Keoladeo’s dry area has mixed deciduous and scrub vegetation and is home to many animals, including the famed nilgai.

GETTING AROUND THE PARK

Epert atman navigate the wetlands and point out bird colonies. Bicycles-rickshaws are also availabe for touring the forest paths.

PAINTED STORKS

Between july october, the tree become nesting sites for nearly 5,000 pairs these birds named after their colour ful beaks and their plumage which is painted” with black bands.

INDIAN SOFT- SHELL TURTALE

The parks wetlands provide on ideal habitat for this endangered.

NESTING

With the arival of the monsoon,thousand of birds, such as these greater cormornts,set up nesting colonies. As many as 60 noisy nests on thr tree tree may be seen during this season.

NILGAI (BLUE BULL)

The largest all antelopes, these avid crop geazers are protected against hunting become of their resemblanc to the holy cow. their broad backs offer comfortable resting place for birds.

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