Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur
Earlier known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, this famous bird sanctuary is a World Heritage Site and plays host too many birds during the winter season. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The Sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. It is known for nesting of its resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds.
The Sanctuary can be visited on way from Delhi to Agra or by making a one hour side-trip from Agra. There are cycle -Rickshaw tours and Bicycle tours available at the Park.
A city just on the outskirts of Agra, this historical city is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city served as the capital of the Emperor Akbar’s kingdom for a brief period from 1571 to 1585. The Imperial complex was abandoned in 1585, shortly after its completion, due to paucity of water and its proximity with the Rajputana areas in the North-West, which were increasingly in turmoil. Today much of the imperial complex which spread over nearly two mile long and one mile wide area is largely intact and carries the tag of a “ghost town”.
The National Chambal Sanctuary
While this Sanctuary is spread across the 400 kilometers stretch of river Chambal with a 1 to 6 kilometers wide swath of the ravines on both sides of the river covering an area of 1235 sq.kms.
The Chambal Ravines are the product of centuries of soil erosion by flood and rain waters. The pristine Chambal River cuts through mazes of ravines and hills and leaves many sandy beaches throughout the 425 km (264 mi) long sanctuary. They form an incredible maze of intertwining mud cliffs, with tropical dry scrub forest vegetation, that provide shelter for numerous birds, mammals and reptiles.
While the Sanctuary begins downstream of the Kota barrage in Rajasthan. The sanctuary’s lower limit is near Panchnada, approximately 5 km after the confluence of the Chambal and the Yamuna at Bhareh, in Uttar Pradesh (about 170 kilometers or little over 100 miles from Agra).
It is possible to undertake a river safari, horse safari or jeep safari through the various landscapes, experiencing the Chambal ravines and countryside.
Bateshwar is a village in the Bah Tahsil of Agra District, situated at a bend of the Yamuna, 41 miles south-east of Agra city. A tour of this village will showcase its various temple ruins, which at one time were believed to be over 100 in numbers.
Views from the rooftop, private boat ride along the temples and Ghats, walk along the temple and exploring some of the shrines or the mud caves of the Sadhus is all one would do in a half day to spend here. One may take part in a brief prayer conducted by the temple priest at Bateshwarnath temple.
Every full moon there is a Maha Aarti ( religious ceremony ) performed on the temple Ghats. On a special request you may enjoy this experience with the other believers present on the Ghats or from the boats facing the temples.
The annual animal fair at Bateshwar is the second largest in the country and takes place in early November each year.