Rajasthan’s bird heaven – Bharatpur

There are some trips you remember for no apparent reason, but because you find a new place within yourself. But it is incredibly difficult to find a new you, especially when you are set in your ways and quite scared of trying out new things.
But I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to ride a cycle around Keoladeo National Park – no matter how terribly unbalanced I am on anything to do with wheels. And so, after a three hour drive over the Noida expressway, peppered with tea breaks in historic places like Nalanda University, we checked ourselved into a small, white-washed hotel in Bharatpur. It had been an impromptu plan so all we could do was ‘google’ for information and see if it could be worth the drive. We tucked into our dinner, slept early and slept soundly.
It was only at around 5 am when our guide – which the hotel reception had graciously booked for us the night before – called us, when we realized (in the birding culture) one must be ahead of the sun. So with half drowsy eyes, a camera and a notebook in hand we drove down to the park. Keoladeo gets its name from the Hindu God Shiva, or Keoladeo temple which is found inside the sanctuary. The man made and man-managed wetland is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is because it houses some near extinct or endangered birds.

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There are some trips you remember for no apparent reason, but because you find a new place within yourself. But it is incredibly difficult to find a new you, especially when you are set in your ways and quite scared of trying out new things.IMG_20150223_071643IMG_20150223_071707IMG_20150223_075145IMG_20150223_083712

But I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to ride a cycle around Keoladeo National Park – no matter how terribly unbalanced I am on anything to do with wheels. And so, after a three-hour drive over the Noida expressway, peppered with tea breaks in historic places like Nalanda University, we checked ourselves into a small, white-washed hotel in Bharatpur. It had been an impromptu plan so all we could do was ‘google’ for information and see if it could be worth the drive. We tucked into our dinner, slept early and slept soundly.

It was only at around 5 am when our guide – which…

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