Karera Bird Sanctuary

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Karera Bird Sanctuary


The Karera Bird Sanctuary is situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, at a distance of 55 kilometres from Shivpuri, historically the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. A treat for the bird watcher, the sanctuary is renowned as being one of the final refuges of the Great Indian Bustard, with three species of Bustards found in the sanctuary, the Indian bustard, the bearded bustard and the coloured bustard.

Notified as a sanctuary in the year 1981, its status is that of the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary. The flora consists primarily of mixed deciduous forests, with abundance of Ber bushes and other wild plants. The area surrounding Karera is dry and stony, with the forest being populated by no other trees except acacia.

Another area of beauty is the Dihaila Jheel, an entirely rain fed lake and serves as a temporary home to a total of 245 migratory bird species, in addition to resident water birds such as the black-bellied river terns, egrets, and spoonbills. Animals such as the tiger, leopard, elephant, monkey and the wild cat are also spotted in the sanctuary.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Karera Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to March.


The sanctuary is home to the rare Blackbuck and rare Indian gazelle


The sanctuary remains open at all times.

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