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Bharatpur Travel Guide

Most people come to Bharatpur, not to visit the town but to go to the adjoining Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of India's premier wildlife sanctuaries and a World Heritage Site. Created by the Maharaja of Bharatpur in the 19th century by diverting water from an irrigation canal, Keoladeo was founded as a shooting preserve, but given the status of a bird sanctuary in 1956. Upgraded to a national park in 1982, the area today ranks as one of the best waterbird preserves in the world and is a beautiful tree-shaded wonderland of water-bodies and marshes.

The Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur is an ideal retreat for birdwatchers. With over 350 species of birds you will get to witness the highly endangered migratory birds like the Siberian Cranes, which come to nest in winter, are the rarest and the most eagerly awaited! Bharatpur has the singular honour of being the Siberian Cranes only known wintering ground in India.

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