The Keoladeo National Park is the ideal destination for birdwatchers. It gets its name after a temple of Lord Shiva. It is just 29 sq. km. in area… but do not get misled by how small it seems, once you get inside you’ll find it to be an endless haven of beautiful birds and trees.
In fact, in the olden days, it was a royal duck-shoot reserve and Maharajas would lead hunting parties here. Then, in 1956, it was declared a wildlife sanctuary and upgraded to a national park, perhaps the smallest, in 1981.
Keoladeo is also listed as a Ramsar site. That is not all. It is a World Heritage site and an Important Bird Area (IBA).
India is truly blessed with great biodiversity and Keoladeo is proof of this. About 20 percent (approx. 400) bird species have been reported from this small area which is geographically several thousand times smaller than India! The mosaic of habitats that Keoladeo offers are the reason for this. About one-third of its area is a wetland and the rest is scrub, woodland, and grassland. Keoladeo is regarded as one of the finest heronries in India. 20 species of storks, herons, and egrets breed here in the month of monsoon (July-September). About one-third of the avifauna are residents and an equal number are migrants. Some others are local, summer or passage migrants.