photograph of purple sunbird in Bharatpur National Park
Female Purple Sunbird in Bharatpur

BIRDING IN INDIA

Bird watching is one of those activities that give you a front row seat in nature’s theatre. With the naked eye or through photography equipment, you get to observe nature’s most magnificent creatures.
There are 9,956 bird species around the world. India hosts 1263 species making it one of the largest bird colony on the planet. That makes India home to some of the most beautiful bird species such as Kingfishers, the Indian “Guarada” eagle, and the Great Indian Bustard. If you want to see the greatest and largest Horn Bill in the world, then you want to go to one of India’s marvellous bird Sanctuary to meet The Great Indian Horn Bill. Herein are some of the most renowned spectacular spots in India’s western and northern landscape.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located in Rajasthan. Being one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in India, Bharatpur is home to some of the finest bird species in the world. Apart from the birds, Rajasthan is home to the Great Thar Desert, beautiful lakesm and huge Forts.
It is home to some of the rarest bird species in the world that migrate to the park in winter. It is a paradise for bird lovers all over the world. During winter, bird watchers get a spectacular view of over 230 birds that flock to the pack. This has made Bharatpur a World Heritage Site.
Among the land birds that flock to the park are the Indian grey hornbill, the osprey, Pallas’ sea eagle, spotted eagle, and the imperial eagle.

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Surrounded by an enormous lake and ambient marshes, the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is Gujarat’s largest wetland bird sanctuary. Here, you can find birds like the Spoonbill, Coots, the small Cormarants, Flamingos and the Avocet. It is India’s busiest bird sanctuary due to the large diversity of birds.

Jim Corbett National Park

Being the oldest national park in India, the Jim Corbett National Park is home to the endangered Bengal tiger and lots of bird species. Here, you can watch over 500 indigenous bird species in their natural habitat. The Cinereous Vulture, the Lesser Fish Eagle and the Tawny Fish and the Great Slaty Woodpecker make their homes in the park.

Great Himalayan National Park

Spanning over 1,171 square kilometers, the Great Himalayan National Park is home to the endangered and shy Western Tragopan. It is also home to some 209 species of birds. In the western limits of the park you find the Himalayan Griffon Vulture, the Lammergeiers, and the Golden Eagle.

Tiger Parks of India

There are numerous parks where Wild Bengal Tigers roam the forest in addition to the Jim Corbett National Park. However, in these parks while Bengal Tigers are one of the main attractions, these animals are not the only focus of attention. There is magnificent birding in parks such as Ranthambore National Park, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Sunderban National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Satpura National Park and Pench National Park.