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Bharatpur, The Keoladeo Ka Ghana Photography Tour

About Bharatpur National Park

The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees (or saw) thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernation season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site.

Wildlife in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The numerous counts of the bird species are the major attractions for the tourists in Bharatpur. These species fly through distant places like Siberia and Central Asia specifically in winters. Migratory birds at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary include several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc. Along with that some major counts of Jackals, Hyenas, Sambal, Chital, Nilgai and Boar can also be found at the sanctuary.

How To Reach

The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56-kms from Bharatpur. Delhi is 184 Kms from Bharatpur. Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. The Bharatpur railway station is about 5 Kms from the park/bird sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit Bharatpur Sanctuary

  • For resident breeding birds – during Aug – Nov
  • For migrant birds-from Oct – Feb

About The Weekend Tour

This Tour is Specially designed for Photographers and Photography learners, We kept in Mind People from Delhi NCR/ Jaipur or Vicinity who are in serious jobs and business can only share weekends So we curated this tour specially understanding the requirements of our precious client. But we also made sure that we generate the best possible photography opportunities. Weekend photo tour to Keoladeo ka Ghana is the best place to spend our weekend make some dream and lifetime shots. Team Incredible Birding Ensures that everything from logistics to Dream Images are taken care of well. Bharatpur is also an ideal place for bringing in family members given the delicious Rajasthani Cuisine and a Rikshaw Drive to the Park.

Bird Checklist

Family: Phasianidae
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus
Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Rain Quail Coturnix coromandelica
Jungle Bush Quail Perdicula asiatica
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
Family: Dendrocygndiae
Lesser Whistling-duck Dendrocygna javanica
Family: Anatidae
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos
Cotton Pygmy-goose Nettapus coromandelianus
Gadwall Anas strepera
Falcated Duck Anas falcata
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Garganey Anas querquedula
Baikal Teal Anas formosa
Common Teal Anas crecca
Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris
Red-crested Pochard Rhodonessa rufina
Common Pochard Aythya ferina
Ferruginous Pochard Aythya nyroca
Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Family: Turnicidae
Yellow-legged Buttonquail Turnix tanki
Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator
Family: Picidae
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos nanus
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis
Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense
Family: Megalaimidae
Brown-headed Barbet Megalaima zeylanica
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
Family: Bucerotidae
Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris
Family: Upupidae
Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
Family: Coraciidae
European Roller Coracias garrulus
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
Family: Alcedinidae
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Family: Halcyonidae
Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata
Family: Cerylidae
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
Family: Meropidae
Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
Family: Cuculidae
Pied Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus
Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius
Eurasian Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Grey-bellied Cuckoo Cacomantis passerinus
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea
Sirkeer Malkoha Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii
Family: Centropodidae
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
Family: Psittacidae
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala
Family: Apodidae
Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba
House Swift Apus affinis
Family: Tytonidae
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Family: Strigidae
Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia
Collared Scops Owl Otus bakkamoena
Eurasian Eagle Owl Bubo bubo hemachalana
Dusky Eagle Owl Bubo coromandus
Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis
Spotted Owlet Athene brama
Mottled Wood Owl Strix ocellata
Brown Hawk Owl Ninox scutulata
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Family: Caprimulgidae
Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus
Sykes’s Nightjar Caprimulgus mahrattensis
Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus
Indian Nightjar Caprimulgus asiaticus
Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis
Family: Columbidae
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera
Family: Gruidae
Siberian Crane Grus leucogeranus
Sarus Crane Grus antigone
Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo
Common Crane Grus grus
Family: Rallidae
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Brown Crake Amaurornis akool
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca
Watercock Gallicrex cinerea
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Common Coot Fulica atra
Family: Pteroclidae
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus
Family: Scolopacidae
Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Family: Rostratulidae
Greater Painted-snipe Rostratula benghalensis
Family: Jacanidae
Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus
Family: Burhinidae
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus
Family: Charadriidae
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malarbaricus
River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius
White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus
Family: Glareolidae
Indian Courser Cursorius coromandelicus
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
Small Pratincole Glareola lactea
Family: Laridae
Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans
Pallas’s Gull Larus ichthyaetus
Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
River Tern Sterna aurantia
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Little Tern Sterna albifrons
Black-bellied Tern Sterna acuticauda
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Family: Accipitridae
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus
Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus
Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus
Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus
Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus
Shikra Accipiter badius
Besra Accipiter virgatus
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
White-eyed Buzzard Butastur teesa
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Indian Spotted Eagle Aquila hastrata
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga
Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis
Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca
Bonelli’s Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Family: Falconidae
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
Oriental Hobby Falco severus
Laggar Falcon Falco jugger
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Family: Podicipedidae
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Family: Anhingidae
Darter Anhinga melanogaster
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Family: Ardeidae
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Casmerodius albus
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii
Little Heron Butorides striatus
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis
Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris
Family: Phoenicopteridae
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor
Family: Threskiornithidae
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
Black Ibis Pseudibis papillosa
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Family: Pelecanidae
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis
Family: Ciconiidae
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus
Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius
Family: Pittidae
Indian Pitta Pitta brachyura
Family: Laniidae
Rufous-tailed Shrike Lanius isabellinus
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
Bay-backed Shrike Lanius vittatus
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus
Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis
Family: Corvidae
Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
House Crow Corvus splendens
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus
Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei
Black-headed Cuckooshrike Coracina melanoptera
Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
White-bellied Minivet Pericrocotus erythropygius
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus
White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens
Spangled Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus
Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia
Marshall’s Iora Aegithina nigrolutea
Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus
Family: Muscicapidae
Blue-capped Rock Thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Orange-headed Thrush Zoothera citrina
Tickell’s Thrush Turdus unicolor
Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul
Dark-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis
Rusty-tailed Flycatcher Muscicapa ruficauda
Red-throated Flycatcher Ficedula parva
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris
Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis
Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicata
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maura
Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea
Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Brown Rock-chat Cercomela fusca
Family: Sturnidae
Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum
Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Asian Pied Starling Sturnus contra
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus
Family: Sittidae
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea
Family: Certhiidae
Spotted Creeper Salpornis spilonotus
Family: Paridae
Great Tit Parus major
Family: Hirundinidae
Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Plain Martin Riparia paludicola
Dusky Crag Martin Hirundo concolor
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Streak-throated Swallow Hirundo fluvicola
Family: Pycnonotidae
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
Family: Cisticolidae
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Rufous-fronted Prinia Prinia buchanani
Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata
Family: Zosteropidae
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus
Family: Sylviidae
Cetti’s Bush Warbler Cettia cetti
Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola
Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus
Thick-billed Warbler Acrocephalus aedon
Booted Warbler Hippolais caligata
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Tickell’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis
Sulphur-bellied Warbler Phylloscopus griseolus
Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus
Brooks’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus subviridis
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
Tytler’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tytleri
Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis
Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense
Common Babbler Turdoides caudatus
Large Grey Babbler Turdoides malcolmi
Jungle Babbler Turdoides striatus
Greater Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca blythi
Hume’s Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia althaea
Desert Warbler Sylvia nana
Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis
Family: Alaudidae
Singing Bushlark Mirafra cantillans
Indian Bushlark Mirafra erythroptera
Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea
Rufous-tailed Lark Ammomanes phoenicurus
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti
Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Sand Lark Calandrella raytal
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Sykes’s Lark Galerida deva
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
Family: Nectariniidae
Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile
Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorynchos
Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica
Family: Passeridae
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia Petronia xanthocollis
Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
Black-breasted Weaver Ploceus benghalensis
Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus
Red Avadavat Amandava amandava
Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
Black-headed Munia Lonchura malacca
Family: Fringillidae
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Crested Bunting Melophus lathami
White-capped Bunting Emberiza stewarti
Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps

Day 1

Our Tour Will Start from Friday Night, So that People can start from delhi by evening and reach Bharatpur by Night In order to join the team from next day early morning, We will arrange your dinner for this day. Next Day We will start our day early in order to  catch the rising sun in the background of our favourite birds, Early Morning are very good to play with low light and make dream like shots,Packs of Golden Jackals are also very active during mornings,With The Mist and Fog along the water body We can make some Lifetime shots of common migrants. There have been many photos from Bharatpur that won International awards. During the day time it is not ideal for photographers but still those who want to spend their afternoon inside the park, Breakfast and Lunch Can be arranged. We will also make the most use of sunset and the golden light after sunset. Our Team Of Professional Photographers will help you in creating some of the Industry’s best shots.

Day 2

The Second Day will also be on the same pattern as the first day was but we will be having more hands on experience over photographing into the Keoladeo wetland. This Day will make sure that we don’t miss any Frame in wild which can make a good photo. One can always take technical help from the Photography Mentors whenever required. After the evening session we will checkout to our respective travel modes.

Tour Package

INR 29,950/-

Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis.

Cost Includes

  • All Lodging For 2 Nights, All Meals From Friday Dinner to Sunday Lunch.
  • All Local Transport to/From Park to Hotel and Park Fee.
  • Services of Professional Wildlife Photography Mentor.
  • Help with Processing the Images.

Cost Exclusions

  • Anything Not Mentioned in Itinerary.

  • Mineral Water/ Drinks/ Snacks any meals outside hotel.

  • Transport To/From Bharatpur Railway Station/Hotel.

Please Note:

Pre-customisation of the tours are available, Contact team Incredible Birding.