Keoladeo National Park is a birder’s paradise. The closest city is Bharatpur, three hours away from Delhi by train, which makes it a perfect weekend gateway.  The park includes wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. It is home to more than 230 species of birds, an many more that arrive in winter. A visit to this places is absolutely rewarding.

I arrived on a Friday night and got up very early on Saturday to visit the park, I even watch the sunrise. There are different options to enjoy Keoladeo. You can walk, rent a bike or hire a rickshaw. If your eye is as untrained as mine, I highly recommend hiring a guide, which I did. He made a huge difference, helped me see birds I otherwise wouldn’t have seen.

The last two pictures show some women helping remove water hyacinth from the wetlands in Keoladeo National Park. This beautiful plant is native from South America. It was introduced in India a few decades ago where it has become an invasive species. Uncontrolled, it could completely cover the wetlands!

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