Rajasthan is a land of palaces and a paradise for folk lovers, no wonder. But what makes Rajasthan more intriguing is that it is also a haven for bird watchers. The wildlife sanctuaries, lakes and towns here are filled with interesting species of birds. The Ranthambore National Park which is one of the most famous parks in the country is not just famed for its rich diversity of wildlife but also an abode to rare birds. Take part in a Ranthambhore safari to discover the park in a more interesting and detailed way, with the best birding tours in Rajasthan. Spot migratory birds and witness endangered species like leopards, jackal, cat, sambar, nilgai and more at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan. Enjoy a jeep safari into the deep forests of the sanctuary and get lost in the wilderness. Another great spot for bird watching is the bird sanctuary in Bharatpur. Watch hundreds of migratory birds such as Painted Stork, Great Egret and Eurasian Spoonbill.
Scores of ornithologists from across the country and abroad flock here to watch the feathered beauties besides the fishes, snakes and lizards. When in Rajasthan, you cannot miss out stepping into the sleepy town of Khicchan. The place is a popular tourist destination mainly renowned for bird watching activity. Tourists should specially visit this place around the month of August to see the Demoiselle Cranes that migrate all the way from Eurasia and Mongolia. A guided tour will take you around the town. At some places Khicchan, you can see villagers feeding water and food to the birds in demarcated areas. The other great places in Rajasthan suited for bird watching are Piramal Haveli in Bagar, Khandela and Ranakpur . It is best to explore Ranakpur by a jeep safari wherein one can see diversified wildlife, water streams, valleys and also indulge in the best birding tours in Rajasthan.
If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people. If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories. Timings: 6 am to 6 pmLocation: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410
This place is the reason Bharatpur is so well-known all over India. Keoladeo Ghana National Park, more commonly known as Bharatpur Bird sanctuary, is one of the must-vist tourist attractions in Bharatpur, and for good reason. The intensity of wildlife that one can experience in Bharatpur is startling. Though most well-known for the hordes of birds that its hosts ear-round, the sanctuary also has a rich variety of flora and fauna, all of which makes the sanctuary a wildly active place throughout the year. The best season to visit this sanctuary is around October- November. Most migratory birds have arrived by then and the chirp and bustle of the place is magnificent. The summer months, when the cranes have begun their beautiful courtship dances, are also interesting months to visit the sanctuary in. There are accommodations inside the sanctuary if you wish to explore the place at all hours. This is definitely one of the necessary places to visit in Bharatpur. Timings: 8 am to 5 pmPrice: Rs. 50 per person for Indians; Rs. 400 per person for foreign tourists; Rs. 100 for rickshaw rideLocation: Agra-Jaipur Highway, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 302001