Bharatpur- One of the finest Bird Paradise of India !
About the Tour :
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan is a world renowned bird sanctuary. It was declared as an Bird Sanctuary in 1956 and a National Park in 1982. The name Keoladeo is derived from the ancient Hindu temple of Lord Shiva and Ghana refers to the dense forest. The overall area of the park is about 29 sq.km
Over 230 species of birds are known to make Bharatpur their home!The major attractions are the migratory birds which come from as far as Siberia and Central Asia. Various species of Cranes, pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Wagtails, Flycatchers, Pipits, Larks and the list goes on. Mammals like wild boar, Nilgai, Spotted deer, Mongoose etc are also seen.
Chambal Sanctuary also called as National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary is 5400 sq.km of protected area especially for Critically endangered Gharial, Ganges river dolphin and the Red-crowned roof turtles. The pristine Chambal river offers an super habitat for various flora and fauna.
So join us in exploring this amazing wetland biodiversity!
Train Suggestions :
Onward Journey: Mumbai to Bharatpur – Golden temple express
Return Journey: Mathura to Mumbai – Aug Kranti Rajdhani
Note* : You may get in touch with us for assistance regarding the train/flight booking, we will be happy to help you.
What is included in the tour
- Pick up from Bharatpur railway station and drop at Mathura railway station. Along with travel to Chambal Sanctuary and back.
- Ac Accommodation at hotel on Twin Sharing Basis. Hotel : Iora Guesthouse Or Similar
- Meals at destination as per mentioned in the Itinerary. (Veg. Lunch and Non-Veg. Dinner)
- All birding & photography sessions at Bharatpur and Chambal.
- Cycle-rickshaw charges, boating charges at Bharatpur Sanctuary and Chambal Sanctuary.
- All forest permissions and entry charges.
- Mumbai travellers Expertise.
- All tolls, permits and guide fees etc
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any tips or gratitude.
- Any personal orders, laundry, phone calls etc.
- Camera charges.
- Any Other Expense other than mentioned above
- Taxes as applicable
Board train to Bharatpur. Overnight train journey.
Day 1 :
Reach Bharatpur by 1.00 noon, transfer to resort. Check in, room allotments and freshen up. Ice-breaking session over lunch and post lunch leave for our first birding session at Bharatpur. Explore the beautiful wetland ecosystem and photograph some amazing migratory birds… watch the sun set over the marshy land of Bharatpur. Return to resort, dinner and rest. Overnight in Bharatpur. (L, D)
Day 2 :
Early morning wake up and leave for Chambal National Sactuary. We will be spending the entire day in and around sanctuary. En route breakfast and explore the beautiful Chambal riverbanks and riverine ecosystem. Look out for Gharials, Otters, Turtles, Monitor lizards etc. Birds like Indian Skimmer, Sarus crane, Pallas’s Fish eagles, Indian courser, Bar headed goose etc are seen. Photograph some of these beautiful fauna!! Post lunch another birding session. Watch the sun set over the mighty Chambal. Evening travel back to resort. Discussion about the day’s sightings and dinner. Overnight at the resort. (B, L, D)
Day 3 :
Today we will explore Bharatpur. Early morning leave for our birding session. Hands on photography lessons and click some super images of the avifauna. Return to the resort for lunch and little rest. Post lunch leave for another wildlife session and explore more of what the Bharatpur Sanctuary has to offer. Evening back to resort , discussion session and dinner. Overnight at the resort. (B, L, D)
Day 4 :
Early morning head out for our last session in Bharatpur! Make the most of the morning , the serenity of winter morning and warmth of the sun rising over the marshland. Enjoy the marvels of Bharatpur and click some more! Return to resort for lunch. Post lunch rest and check out. Drop to Mathura. Board overnight train to Mumbai. (B, L)
Next day reach Mumbai by morning!
Tour concludes with memory card full of amazing pictures and heart full of happy memories!
Note*B, L, D signifies Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Things to carry
- ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
- Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
- Sanitary Kit
- Dry Food (snacks)
- Torch (Must)
- Personal First Aid kit.
- Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc..
- Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
- Electral powder / Glucon D
- Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
- Water Bottle (3 liter must)
- Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
- Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
- Umbrella or Poncho/Cap
How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)
Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.
What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.
Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.
What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm
What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.
What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.
What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!
Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.
What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.
What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.
I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
– Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.
What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.
What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.
- Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
- Always carry original identity proof.
- Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
- Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
- Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
- Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
- Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
- Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
- o follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
- Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
- For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
- Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
- Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
- Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
- Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
- Never feed any animals.
- Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
- No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
- Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.