Celebrated for its magnificent monuments, palatial architectures, rippling sand dunes, and rich culture and tradition, Rajasthan is also famous as the home to two of the most splendid national parks worldwide – Keoladeo and Sariska.
Wildlife lovers from different parts of the world come to Rajasthan to embrace the beauty of a wide range of flora and fauna found at the Keoladeo and Sariska National Park. Some of the most rare species of birds and animals are found at both these parks. Let us learn a bit more about these wildlife sanctuaries and what do they have in store for the visitors.
Keoladeo (Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary)
Blessed with diverse flora and fauna, the Keoladeo National Park is a World Heritage Site and is situated in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur. With an area of 29 sq km, it is home to over 350 different species of local birds which include Cranes, Pelicans, Eagles, Ducks, Shanks, Flycatchers, Pipits, Larks, and many others.The park is also the wintering ground for a number of migratory birds like the endangered Siberian Crane which makes it a paradise for the bird lovers.
People visiting this park prefer to admire the beauty of the birds on a cycle-rickshaw. The rickshaw-pullers are well-trained and take people to the exact places where they can find a flock comprising different birds.
The Sariska National Park is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan and is filled with rich flora and fauna. It was declared as a wildlife reserve in the year 1955 and in 1978, it was declared as an exclusive Tiger reserve. Within the boundaries of the park, one can also find many monuments and places that are of religious significance. Some of those places are the Kankwari Fort and the Shiva Temple.
Spread over an area of 800 sq km, major animals found in this national park include the Royal Bengal Tigers, Jungle Cats, Striped Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Chinkara, Nilgai, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, and many others. This famous wildlife sanctuary also provides shelter to several beautiful birds such as the Bush Quail, Grey Partridge, Crested Serpent Eagles, Peafowl, etc.
Both these National Parks are a delight throughout the year. They are also well-connected by rail, road, and air. One simply need not worry about the accommodation as there are several budget-friendly yet luxurious hotels in close vicinity to the national parks.