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Keoladeo National Park- Teeming With Colourful Birds

Posted on September 10th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off

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When an irresistible desire to reconnect with nature captured my heart, I decided to head into the wilderness. A different world with its different hues, smell and sound, Keoladeo National Park is a perfect place for people inclined towards wildlife, I thought to myself.

Keoladeo National Park is a jewel of Rajasthan, which has been recognized as a World Heritage Site. Located in Bharatpur, this Park is one of the most popular bird-breeding sites on this planet. Sprawling over 29 sq km, the Park consists of kadam forests, grasslands and shallow lakes. Attracting throngs of tourists from across the world, the Park boasts of around 400 species of birds and 50 types of butterflies. Besides this, the Park also houses other wildlife species including reptiles and mammals. The wonderful Siberian crane visits here every winter. The Park was established 250 years ago and got its name from a Keoladeo (Shiva) temple located within its boundaries.

There are different options available to explore the Park such as government approved cycle rickshaws, tongas and bicycle. I opted for cycle rickshaw. I and my guide Rahul stopped many a time to treat our eyes to a variety of wildlife- herons, cormorants, owls, kingfishers, storks, wild geese, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyaena, Sambar, Fishing Cat, Nilgai and wild Boar.

We also saw the 18th century Lohagarh Fort, which may not be a stunning structure but still worth a visit. In its museum we saw a rare collection of animal trophies and old paintings.

Congratulating myself on my choice of destination, I came back from Keoladeo National Park with a ‘contented heart’.

Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary – World Heritage Site

Posted on August 27th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off

Kaziranga National Park is a World Heritage Site, which I personally think must be visited at least once. But

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fortunately this was my second visit to the Park and this time my expectations were also higher than before. The memories of my past visit to the Park are still fresh, just like the Park. The Park is no less than a paradise for wildlife lovers as one can witness a variety of wildlife such as leopard, Asiatic Water Buffalo, Royal Bengal Tiger, Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Elephant, Python and a range of resident and migratory birds.

I was booked in Aranya Lodge, managed by Assam Tourism located in close vicinity to the Park. The views of gorgeous green patches and brown vegetation were awesome. I opted for Jeep safari. From my past experience I knew that the Park is divided into four ranges – Burapahar, Baguri, Central and Eastern and the Central range is the most promising region for wildlife sighting. With less time in my hands, I decided to explore the central range and the Baguri range (known for birds).

Sprawling over an area of 429 sq km, the Park’s landscape mainly consists of

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tall and short grasses, dense tropical moist broadleaf-forest, swamp and rivers. As we moved into the Park we spotted a herd of hog deer. As we moved further we saw a herd of elephants with young calves. It was a kodak moment. Next, we were greeted with the sights of Bar-headed Geese feasting on something. The next sight was simply overwhelming. A python was relishing his catch. Our next interesting sight was the sight of sunbathing tortoises.

We ventured deep into the forest in the Baguri Range where the sights of several beautiful birds were waiting for us. I was elated to see Pond herons, Open-bill Storks, Cormorants, Fish Eagles, Black-necked stork, Pied Kingfishers and many other bird species. While exploring this range we saw Great Indian Hornbill, Water Buffalo, Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. While on our way back to the lodge, Ramesh told me stories about Rhinos and Wild Elephants running after tourists. So it is adviced not to get down from safari vehicles for shots from a close quarter.

Although my visit to the Park had ended but the memories were flashing in my mind at a lightning speed.