“Paradise for ornithologists”, Bharatpur bird sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man -made protected area for wildlife. Established in 1760 A.D by Maharajah Suraj Mal of Bharatpur, this national park is counted as finest bird sanctuary in the entire world. Located 6km from the Bharatpur city centre, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary stretches to a small area of 29 sq km. In the year 1982, Bharatpur has declared as a National Park and in December 1985, it has attained the status of a a World Heritage Site for its uniqueness. It provides shelter to numerous resident and migratory birds. Some of the rare avi-faunal species that are available in Bharatpur are Siberian Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails and Pipits, etc. Apart from birds, Bharatpur National Park also houses many animals like Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. In and around: Beside numerous resident and migratory birds, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is also dotted with some other tourist spots within the area or nearby places. Some of the attractions of Bharatpur National Park are Bharatpur Museum: This Government museum is the major tourist attraction in the Bharatpur National Park. It has a good collection of unique artifacts of the royal past of Bharatpur. Bharatpur Palace: Lies amidst the serene beauty of Bharatpur National Park, Bharatpur Palace is an architectural zenith of Mughal and Rajputana architecture. Lohagarh Fort: Another major attraction within the national park is Lohagarh Fort. This fort has survived several attcks of British army. Nearby excursions to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary are Bund Baretha and Deeg. Bund Baretha: Bund Baretha is just 38km from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is a dam site, located on the west side of Bharatpur and provides an excellent view of a massive reservoir. This area is home to many unique avi-faunal species. Tourists can also visit the old royal palace of the region. Deeg: Once the summer resort of Bharatpur rulers, Deeg is just 34 km from Bharatpur. Maharajah Suraj Mal has constructed some beautiful palaces, temples, fountains and gardens in Deeg to make it a beautiful town of yesteryears. Deeg Fort: Maharajah Suraj Mahal has created this splendid fort at a slightly high ground. The main attraction of this fort are watch tower and a gun which seized from Agra fort. Best Time To Visit: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is open throughout the year. But the best seasons to visit it is from August to November because it is the breeding season for the resident birds. If you are interested in migratory birds than visit the park from October to February, when large number of foreign birds come here. Activities To Do: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has abundance of activities to offer to its guests. Some of the popular activities in which tourists can indulge themselves are : Nature Walks: Bharatpur bird sanctuary is an ideal place for short nature walks. The park has some well defined to trails, that will lead into different world of birds. You can move around this park either in cycle or rickshaw or simply by walking. Bird Watching: As Bharatpur is home to various species of rare birds, so bird watching is one of the most important activities in which tourists can engage themselves. To have a proper knowledge about birds, you can hire a well-informed guide. He will help you to identify various species of birds and the sounds they made. Wildlife Photography: Wildlife photography is another nice option to involve oneself within the territory of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Don't forget to bring your photographic lenses while your trip to this birds paradise. How To Reach There: By Road: Bharatpur is well joined to all the major cities of Rajasthan and nearby states like Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh by a network of smooth roadways. By Rail: Bharatpur city has a railway station which is positioned at a distance of 6 km from the entrance of national park. It is well connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra by Indian railways. By Air: Tourists can also reach Bharatpur by air. The nearest airport to Bharatpur is at Agra, which is located at a distance of 56 km. From Agra, after a drive of 5 hours you will reach to Bharatpur.