Come winter, come the fun. When you are exhausted with all these daily routines and tired of the hustle-bustle of the city, time to visit nature. How about having your vacation in the lap of nature. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a favourite destination for bird watchers, ornithologists and wildlife enthusiasts. It is one of the best places to visit in India.
Known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, this sanctuary is the haven for all bird lovers from all over the world, all year round. After seeing the diverse range of flora and fauna flourishing in the park, UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 1985. Finally, in 1982, grazing in the park was completely banned by the government thus making it a green haven for birds and animals residing in the bird sanctuary, Bharatpur.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. It is also a major tourist destination with scores of ornithologists, photographers and wildlife lovers arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a World Heritage Site. This Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle.
Winter is the best time to visit the park, this time you get to see many migrant birds of various species. During winter it is the abode of about 350 species of birds. If you are a bird lover, your holiday at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary will be your best holiday. Finding different species of bird and seeing them in live-action is a treat you wouldn’t want to miss. Want to know more, keep reading.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary winter trip planning
What are the winter months in the sanctuary?
Apart from birds, this place is home to about 379 species of plants and 30 mammals which reside here.
It’s a treat to watch them play, pounce and move around freely in their natural habitat. During the month of winter, pythons can also be found moving around sluggishly.
You can see hundreds of aquatic birds that are native to Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. It’s a paradise for all bird lovers and photographers.
The park is open all year round but winter is best to visit and enjoy. From August to November is the time for watching resident birds and from October to March for spotting migratory birds. From morning 5 till evening you can spend the time watching birds, mammals, being with nature and having your perfect date.
Options for Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary trips
Get the most surreal experience in Rajasthan. Bharat our, once an impregnable city, Bharatpur is located in east Rajasthan. If you are planning for the golden triangle tour this city is well connected to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Gwalior and other major cities of the country, so planning a trip there shouldn’t be tricky at all. This tour will cover major heritage sites of India, the Taj Mahal in Agra, all the palaces in Jaipur and Delhi and Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary.
By air: The nearest airport is Agra at a distance of 56 km.
By train: Bharatpur railway station is at a distance of 6 km from the park.
By road: NH-11 connects Bharatpur with Agra (56 km, 5 hours). Delhi (176 km, 5 hours) and Jaipur (176 km, 6 hours) are the other two places from where tourists prefer to drive.
The sprawling forest of about 29sq km is an amazing oasis of tranquillity between Agra and Jaipur. The forest here is a semi-arid biotype with significant vegetation. You can avail different tour packages or else can go all by yourself. Forest Lodge is present in Bharatpur National Park which is 1.5 km away from the main gate. You can book it through the government tourism site.
Given that the forest here is a dry deciduous type, the place is dotted with medium size trees and shrubs. Bird safari is the best adventure you can do, catching live action from some of the rarest birds in the world.
Plan your visit when birds from neighbouring countries migrate to spend the winter season there. Inside the forest, you can do safaris and this is a paradise for photographers who are willing to take a variety of pictures. The versatility of this place will put you in awe. From forest to wildlife to picturesque beauty everything will overwhelm you.
Packing list for Bharatpur bird sanctuary in winter
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Though it is in Rajasthan, Bharatpur during winter is cold. Especially during morning and night, the temperature drops which is why you need to pack your essentials carefully. Temperature ranges between 10-15 degrees Celsius during winter hence you need to pack your warm items so that you can enjoy your trip properly. Bharatpur is a forest area hence the temperature of that region will be colder. Proper protection is needed to keep yourself warm.
While travelling, packing is a hard chore, yet you have to do it anyway. Winter travel makes packing more problematic, as it increases the luggage more. Winter wardrobe anyway takes up a lot of space but you have to carry them to protect yourself.
There are several ways you can avail your winter wardrobe especially when you are travelling. Renting is one option but there are cons also associated with renting. Size is going to be the biggest problem.
Buying from that place is another option which most people choose since it reduces a lot of space and you can travel light. It is better to own than rent. One time investment can go a long way.
Kosha is the best maker of winter wear in India with a legacy of over 25 years. Every garment is thoughtfully designed, tested and graded for warmth. This helps buyers to make decisions based on the temperature and weather of the place. They can also identify the need for the layers and what is important.
Outerwear like puffer jackets, parkas or a coat
Going on a Rajasthan trip you must add plenty of colours to your winter wardrobe. The weather will be cold and therefore you need a lot of colourful jackets, hoodies and coats to keep you warm and stylish.
Kosha’s 25 years of manufacturing experience with winter wardrobes helps them to understand the needs of every customer. After understanding the needs of customers, Kosha has created a wide array of winter gears for every purpose, both for men and women.
Snow adventure or in extremely cold weather you must own Kosha’s waterproof puffer ski jacket. Elegant looking, fleece-lined and hardshell will be the right companion. The underarm vents increase breathability and keep you warm even on snowy trails. Suitable up to 15oC to -20oC. This puffer jacket is ideal for your Bharatpur trip.
Stylish and effortless coats are the dearest winter wear for all. Woollen coats are fabulous looking that can accentuate your winter style. Kosha’s woollen coats are made of 80% wool and 20% polyester.
The fabric construction keeps the wearer warm and cosy during extremely cold temperatures. It comes with an inner satin lining to give you comfort. Great buy for all types of corporate meetings and dry winters. Suitable up to -5oC to 15oC. Go own one before you plan your trip.
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Hoodies for mid-layering
The hoodie with a jogger set is good for urban activewear and also for use as a mid-layers or if you are doing outdoor sports. Solid colours can go with any style and especially when you are travelling you look effortless. These hoodies are designed as a commuter collection which is ideal for any travel. Layer it over the base layer to add a bit of warmth.
Kosha’s hoodies are equipped with 6 pockets of varying sizes with zippers. 2 front hand pockets, 1 concealed pocket for your phone with an earphone outlet, 2 larger pockets for documents, tabs or snacks, 1 chest pocket for cards or passports. These are made to keep your travelling hassle-free. These pockets are particularly essential when you are travelling, it would be easy to carry necessary things when needed.
Sweaters and Pullovers
Smart, fashionable and elegant winter wears are sweaters and pullovers. This winter get yourself cosy warm Sweaters or pullovers that can match your winter style. Kosha’s Supima Cotton Pullovers are the perfect choice for the eco-conscious explorer. For any purpose or trip, these amazing pullovers can keep you warm and also stylish.
Be it formal or informal or just using it as a mid-layer these pullovers can pull off any occasion easily. Available both for men and women in versatile designs.
Cardigan may sound a little traditional but a stylish cardigan can beat any form of style easily. Get cosy with a quality cardigan with a timeless design. Get trendy with fashionable cardigans, wear them in western or Indian works both ways.
The Raglan sleeves and V neck not only enhance your silhouette but also make it durable and more comfortable. Made from soft Merino wool that’s naturally odour resistant, moisture-wicking & skin-friendly, it is ideal for travellers or long winters. Suitable up to 15oC to 0oC.
Sweaters are for all-purpose. This two-in-one sweater will make your life and travelling easy. Opt for two stunning looks with Kosha’s reversible full sleeves crew neck pullover. Style it casually or formally is your choice. Made from soft, skin-friendly Merino Wool, with inbuilt moisture wicking & odour resistant properties.
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The fun of the winter season is you get to dress in layers which help to keep your body warm and travel easy. No matter in whichever cold region you are travelling to, if you know how to layer your winter wear, you will enjoy the season a lot. This is the first layer that is closer to your skin, hence you must buy one rather than renting or borrowing. And you must make a good investment.
Get Kosha’s innovative Merino Wool and Bamboo thermal that is softer on the skin and lightweight with temperature regulating properties keeping you warm and odour free all through. Running a marathon or visiting northern lights or just doing winter work out these thermals are good for every purpose.
Along with a thermal top, own Kosha’s merino wool and bamboo crafted stretchable thermal leggings. This will protect your legs and keep you comfortable. Ideal for winter workouts with optimum warmth and breathability. Its slim-fit style is perfect to layer with our Waterproof Pants for whale watching at Húsavík, Iceland or the Chadar Trek. Crafted with care for an eco-conscious explorer.
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Woollen bottoms – Snow Pants
Thermals are a saviour during the winter season and winter travelling. Use it as a base layer along with your ski pants. Kosha’s waterproof ski pants are a great choice if you are down for snow-laden places or snow adventures.
Kosha’s highly versatile hardshell pants to explore the snowy hills. Made of 100% Nylon with PU Breathable coating. The stable and comfy fit makes it easy to move in. It is a good choice for activities in cold temperatures. Available for both men and women. Suitable up to -20oC to 5oC.
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Protect your head and ear and keep it warm with a Merino Wool Reversible Monkey Cap. This cap can be worn in multiple styles to keep you warm yet fashionable. Suitable up to 15oC to 0oC
Style and as well as give your neck some warm comfort with a soft Merino Wool Muffler, that’s designed with a diamond row pattern that adds a hint of texture to your wardrobe. Go for informal or casual or just a simple drape over your pullover or jacket you will nail any look. Give your style that edge by pairing it with a beanie and gloves for the ultimate winter look. Suitable up to 15oC to 0oC.
These fashionable stoles are meant for every fashion. Warm, lightweight and super soft wool stole with a special diamond weave will add that finesse to your look. Give your style a luxurious oomph with contrast with other winter accessories and give yourself that cosiness.
Warm hands are what you need during winter, rest assured we have got this for you. Keep your hands warm with Woolmark certified soft merino wool gloves. With touchscreen ability on your index and thumb finger,you can use your smart devices easily.
Made with a fine conductive yarn interwoven with merino wool. This allows you to use your smartphones/cameras laptops with ease without having to remove your gloves and expose your fingers to the cold. Ideal for dry winters, its stylish design will elevate your winter outfit effortlessly. Suitable up to15oC to -5oC.
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Warm shoes or boots
Your feet are the most important part of your body. One must take very good care of their feet. Wear shoes that are comfortable and also invest in good shoes. This winter season, treat your feet with good warm boots. Buy yourself a good boot as it plays a crucial role by adjusting the whole body temperature.
Nice uggs or if leather boots that will not only look good but also protect you. Make your choice according to the place.
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Give your feet that soft, cosy and warm feel with these non- blister cotton socks. Perfect for a slow hike, morning jog, or a casual day out. The inherent moisture-wicking and breathable properties of the cotton help keep your feet fresh and odour free.
While you are gearing up for your winter vacation, make sure you layer up properly. The secret of travelling in winter is to get proper winter wear. And while you are planning, you must buy all your winter gear from Kosha. With a wide variety and style at an affordable range which will make you wonder. Now it’s time to check out the website and buy.
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Things to do in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in winter
Bharatpur is an offbeat destination for a vacation. It is usually good for people who are bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
Bharatpur bird sanctuary will take up a lot of time yet there are several other places which you must make a checklist when planning this trip. These are popular destinations and hold great history and legacy. It would be a big loss if you go on a trip to Bharatpur but do not visit all these places.
The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary alone is enough to make your trip amazing, yet there are other places that you can visit while you are there, especially during winter.
Some of the popular places near Keoladeo National Park are –
Bharatpur Palace: An architectural wonder which has the right blend of Mughal and Rajputana style of architecture.
Bharatpur palace is a fine example of how architecture can encapsulate beauty. This palace was built over a period by different kings. Adorned with intricate designs and a museum located at the centre showcasing the artmanship of the 2nd century.
Rope Castle Adventure Park: If you are an adventure junkie then this is the place for you. Rope Castle Adventure Park offers a number of rope activities like rappelling, Burma bridge, zip-line, climbing, archery etc. The best part is, it is just 200 meters far from Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.
Lohagarh Fort: Once an invincible fort with formidable structure and deep most surrounding it, the fort stood unscathed against British attacks. Built by Raja Suraj Mal who dedicated several monuments to celebrate the victories over Mughals and the British. The Ashtadhatu (eight-metal) gateway bears paintings of huge elephants and is a major attraction at the fort.
Deeg Palace: Palace Turned Luxurious Resort. Built by Raja Suraj Mal, the famous ruler of Bharatpur, Deeg Palace is enclosed by impressive moats, ramparts, and gateways. Many cannons and guns belonging to different rulers can be found in this palace, which is an insignia of the invincibility of Bharatpur.
These are the must-visit places, make time for them when you plan your trip to Bharatpur.
Apart from these, there are several famous temples which you must visit. It is said to be braj bhumi hence temples hold great importance. Another very popular palace which is a sight to behold.
The Dholpur palace also known as Raj Niwas, built in the 19th century in red sandstone is a truly amazing architectural attraction.
Bandh Baretha is another attention that you must visit. It is the largest town located in Bharatpur famous for its scenic beauty and environment.
Don’t forget the amazing safaris you can do while you are in Bharatpur. Go wild with the landscape, forest and wildlife which will amuse you. Your eyes and heart will surely be content.
This winter season, give yourself an offbeat vacation destination. Escape to the serene nature and rejuvenate yourself to Bharatpur. Wise says, visiting nature brings maximum peace and calmness to mind and body.
Currently, we are all stressed and want a gateway to connect with ourselves. Thus you deserve this trip amidst nature. And when you are travelling during winter you must keep a lot of things in mind. We are here just helping you to make your trip a little better. This article is a guide for your winter wardrobe.
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This post was written by Kosha team member – ‘Girl in a Box’