Bird Watching in India’s Rajasthan

Photo by: Flip Nomad

Photo by: Flip Nomad

There are several places in India‘s Rajasthan that are particularly noted for the abundance of birds.

In regal Rajasthan, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, in the eastern part of the region, is a terrific semi natural setting for seeing a wide selection of different birds. It is a man made marshland that is now home to over 350 types of flower and over 360 species of bird. Also known as Barathpur National Park, it is not only a peaceful place that show cases some of India’s best
nature, but it is also one of the best places in Asia for seeing a wide variety of our feathered friends.

Greater Painted Snipe female

The wetlands are a great place for all. Any nature lover will be pleased with this pretty national park. There are great photo opportunities and a chance to sample some of the region’s greatest natural delights.

Different Birds in Rajasthan

The national park is home to both permanent residents and various migratory species at different times of the year. Migratory birds travel to and from locations as far spread as East Asia and Russia’s Siberia. Of course, spotting the many different birds can be challenging, and seeing certain types in the wild can never be guaranteed. Visitors are, however, bound to see a rich variety of birds of all sizes and in a range of wonderful colours. With the marshy and wet environment, ducks, pelicans, herons, storks and other water birds are very common. Land living birds include larks, wagtails, quails, buntings, partridges, warblers, and grey hornbills. Check the water, foliage, trees, and skies. You may be lucky and snatch a peek at a graceful bird of prey gliding and soaring in the bright skies above.

Other Resident Creatures in Rajasthan

Male Tiger Ranthambhore

In addition to the many birds, plants, and flowers, the waters are home to an abundance of different types of fish. Bats take to the skies as darkness nears. There are also many insects, bugs, and creepy crawlies that call the area home. Tigers, turtles, snakes, lizards, and otters can also be seen in and around the marshy areas. There are several larger land based animals too, including deer, cattle, porcupines, and boars. Smaller creatures, such as rats, mice, and gerbils scuttle through the undergrowth. Two types of civet and two types of wild cat have been reported to live in the area, although a sighting is very unlikely. The area is also home to tiger reserves!

Getting Around the Park

Boat trips through the waters are a great way to see all that the area offers. You can get up close and personal with many creatures, and it is fun for all the family. There are well marked and accessible trails for hiking and cycling, and a rickshaw ride around the park makes for a unique experience whilst on holiday in Rajasthan.

See some of India’s spectacular birds and more with a trip to Rajasthan.

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