Now my friend K is from Bharathpur and this whole trip materialized because K was getting married.. and the fun part is that K is my colleague (n my fav baccha) at office and she also happens to be my sister’s roomie.. Bharathpur also has an amazing bird sanctuary so hubby WANTED to go there.. We caught the Gwalior Express from Udaipur to Bharathpur .. and were greeted to a cold foggy morning.. Thankfully by 10 am the fog cleared up .. We checked into the quaint Sunbird Hotel near the sanctuary gate..
Had Garam chai n breakfast and we were ready to explore the bird sanctuary.. You can access the park by cycling or hiring a cycle rickshaw / horse cart.. We did not hire any guides as K had said that the rickshaw drivers are more enthusiastic and quite informative.. They charge 70rs Per hour per cycle rickshaw.. we chose 3 cycle ricks.. Lil P was more interested in driving them herself.. 😉
We spent nearly 5 leisurely hours inside the park.. the only sounds were the chitter chatter and playful squawks of the birds Keoladeo National Park.. We saw many birds…
Lesser Whistling Duck
Indian Black Ibis
Indian Pond Heron
Crested Serpent Eagle
Eurasian Collared Dove
Indian Grey Hornbill
In the middle of it all, at the canteen wash basin, a golden wasp bit Lil p in the middle of her forehead.. she screamed n screamed n it was dark ..I don’t know how, but I did not panic. Just picked her up and ran out of the rest room.. We were in the middle of the forest.. almost 10 kms away from the main gate.. I had no cream with me and Lil P has a big list of things she is allergic to. It was freaking crazy.. There was a foreigner couple and the lady had a lotion of pure aloe. She quickly applied it and Lil p calmed down after some time.. The ranger told me that normally they quickly heat up a key (anything metal / iron) and apply to the bite.. it leaves a mark but cures instantly.. since Lil P was small and it was her face, they were at a loss too.. Thankfully it was non poisonous & lil p did not develop any allergies [ I did give her alerid as soon as we reached the room tho] … This episode has instilled a new fear of all insects in Lil P. Tip #1 – carry alerid, insect repellent, aloe / lacto calamine lotion with you at all times.. be careful of dark watery washrooms as it attracts wasps.
Coming back to the birds, Sorry, I don’t have many pics.. its awfully difficult to capture birds with a 200mm Lens.. But there were so many and so pretty n chirpy.. it lifted our moods. A MUST visit with older kids..
Do u see the lone duck – its the brahminy duck — an interesting fact ( don’t know the validity) these birds are always found in pairs during the day but are alone at night.. apparently the male n female were making such a sound that it disturbed a rishi who cursed them that they would be together during the day but always separated at night.. so sad.
Some special pics –
Once we were back to our rooms, it was 6.30Pm and time to attend the mehendi function at K’s Home..
Coming up next – Agra