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    Default Why Should You Visit Keoladeo National Park - Epic Photo Feature

    The Keoladeo National Park India or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the winter season.

    The place is a paradise for bird watchers and photographers. During the winter months the sanctuary is flocked by noisy tourists, annoying kids, avid bird watchers and photo enthusiasts Amateurs & Professionals.

    Feast your eyes on some of the bird shots I got on my winter trip to this place. I'm sure they'll give you more than one reason on "Why Should You Visit Keoladeo National Park!"

































































































































    The Log:

    Keoladeo is one place that has become a ritual in my annual rides. Its now the 3rd year, during winter I have rode to the park from Mumbai. Every time the ride was at ease but this year time was the biggest constraint. January 26th had comes on a Saturday and Sunday is the usual off. I just took Friday off from work and left from Mumbai on Thursday evening.

    Based on the calculations I had made on distance, along with other study and analysis I was totally aware that Im gonna play chicken race with time. But knew the gravity of the situation so I was mentally and physically fully prepared for the trip.

    Bike Ridden:

    Kawasaki Ninja 250R, 2010 Model

    Total Kms Covered:

    2600+ kms via NH-8 and NH 3 spread over 4 lane, 2 lane and single highway, with little offroad and traffic jam city roads.

    Lessons Learned:


    • 1 litre of water should always be in your bag.
    • 1 pair of cloth comes always handy.
    • Keep a very cool mind in city roads of any State.
    • Fuel up much before the tank of Ninja hits reserve.
    • Do not ever underestimate cold of the North.
    • Dry fruits now should become a must for long rides.



    What Was The Best:


    • The Super Duper cold wind blowing on my face near Udaipur.
    • The cheapest and comfortable stay at Bharatpur.
    • New contacts made with authority people of the park.
    • Covered almost the entire park (25 sq.kms) on foot.
    • Some of my best bird shots.
    • Longest night ride ever; 10+ hours.
    • Endurance has gone a level up.



    What I Missed:


    • No python shot this time either.
    • Was very keep to take photographs of Woodpecker and Siberian Crane.
    • Boat ride in the park.
    • Full frame DSLR.



    The Story:

    Day 1 (At Dusk): Realizing Cold

    Started the ride around 4.30pm from Mumbai on 24th January, 2013. Plan was to reach as far as possible by midnight. Reality is that I was so excited I landed riding all the way upto 6 in the morning and reached somewhere near Udaipur.

    The weather was so cold that despite wearing all layers and jacket, it was becoming unbearable. So I checked into a hotel for few hours nap and a break from the chill. By 11am I started the ride again with least number of halts I was in Bharatpur by evening 7pm.

    Found a very cheap and clean place to stay for the 2 nights and prepped my gear for tomorrows shoot.

    P.S. The vegetarian food of Rajasthan is just finger licking delicious.

    Day 2 (At the Park):Nature at its Best

    Bharatpur park is 25 sq kms in size. The cycle or rickshaw are good options to cover the park but nothing beats walking in the entire region to shoot some good bird photos. I have always taken the 11 number bus and had the same intentions this time too.

    Within just half an hour of entering the park already I got 5 satisfactory shots. My joy and excitement was totally at the top and I spent every minute looking for those rare and exotic birds.

    By lunch time I covered one side of the park and reached the canteen. Got my energy level up and stuffed myself with some nutrients and drinks.

    Around evening 5pm I covered almost 80% of the park and was very happy with what I captured since morning. Once it was fully dark I got one rickshaw who for a nominal fare dropped me to the main entrance of the park.

    Hotel was just 5 mins away. Went back and got everything ready to leave early morning tomorrow.

    P.S. Food in the park is not great; best if you pack your lunch with you. And more than the main track in the park, youll catch the real action on the pathways made by the authorities.

    Day 3: (At Mad Rush): The Bullet Train

    Since beginning I was totally aware that the only tough day would be today. Weather would be bone chilling cold. Strong wind, 4 lane, 2 lane and single lane highway; to cover distance of 1200+ kms and all this in less than 24 hours.

    Without wasting a single minute I started at sharp 6am and just blasted my way through NH 3 until I hit a 2 lane highway. From here on it was a steady pace under 80km/hr.

    After covering some 500+ kms I started to wonder when the hell this highway will turn back on 4 lane. Called up few friends and got to know from Indore onwards is my runway.

    But by the time I reached Indore it was past 6pm. Almost sundown.

    Even though the night was dark, the 4 lane highway is in such a good condition and I was able to keep pace at 100 mark.

    It was tough after 8pm. The moment I had some dinner, I felt the sleep and exhaust slowly creeping in. Had to stop a lot of times to give a break to myself.

    Tiring times, but this is something I really enjoy. Pushing the limit and setting new bars for myself.

    At wee hours of morning, 4am, I was in my residence. Going flat on the bed just for couple of hours and immediately back to wok (office) to move on with the rest of the day.

    No Pain, No Tiredness and No Aches. I think my body just got a level stronger compared to my previous long run.

    I wanted to keep this blog a short one but some how the word count has gone over the top.

    Do give a feedback on the pics so I can learn and take better shots over the time.
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    Those are some excellent pics there. Keep up the good work
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    superb shots .... so many birds.....

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    Superb shots... Rated 5 stars as deserved.
    Can you share the cam + lenses combo?

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    astounding pics.
    am sure ur ride also wudve been a memorable one.
    way to go man...
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    you are back after a long time bugger---

    some beautiful captures there --

    cheers
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    This is the neatest collection of beautiful wildlife. Beautiful...really beautiful...

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    Superb Pics!!
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    Awesome bird photography. Thanks for sharing.

    Quite surprised to see you haven't taken a single photo while riding.
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    My first motorcycle ride ever was to Keoladeo National Park. That year the lake was dry because of a drought.

    Good to see these pics, brings back fond memories.

    Thanks a ton for sharing
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