Category Archives: Bird Watching

Enjoy Bird Watching with the backdrop of Aravalli ranges and Jal Mahal at Man Sagar, Jaipur

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Jaipur is a storehouse of exotic flora and fauna, green spaces, surrounding lakes unique wildlife, set to be discovered by any nature lover. As you walk a path that winds pristinely through the boudoir of tranquility and natural beauty, there exists one big avian attraction- ManSagar Lake in Jaipur.

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Amidst a curtain of bougainvillea flowers where the golden sun rays filtered from horizon, gives an endless fascination to watch winged wonders; Yes, some migratory, some local, few big and countless small; some in water and multitudes hovering over the lake but all of them will capture your attention to watch the beauties and photograph them.

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Every year in the month of February, the glory of Jal Mahal at Mansagar Lake burgeons as the new winged guests make their magnanimous presence. During this time of the year, with an intention to promote bird watching and nature conservation, the Tourism and Wildlife Society of India (TWSI) celebrates ‘Bird Fair’. This year the 20th edition of Indian Birding Fair was held  on 9th & 10th Feb.

The organizer of the British Bird Watching Fair, Dr. Tim Appleton also participated  and around 38 varieties of Birds were sighted during this time.

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Don’t miss to look up the aerial ballet that the birds perform while flocking!

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It is simply mesmerizing and you can not stop marvelling at the sight of a murmuration! For such are the treats in store here that it’s hard to think of a place that is more rewarding to the seeker of avian travellers.

So, plan a trip to cherish the bounty of nature, take great photographs and simply enjoy!

A two-day Bird Fair to enthrall tourists in Dungarpur, Rajasthan

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Good News for the Bird Lovers in Rajasthan!

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 Dungarpur Bird Fair, organized by the District Administration of Dungarpur, is set to enthrall the birding enthusiasts on 12-13 January, 2017. The lakes and forests of Dungarpur host a large diversity of resident and locally migratory birds all through the year. However, the period from October till March also witnesses arrival of a large variety of winter visitors from Central Asia and Europe to escape the inhospitable weather in their native lands.

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The Bird Fair is being held at the famous Gaib Sagar Lake of Dungarpur .The beautiful Vijayraj Rajeshwar temple near the Udai Bilas Palace is also situated inside the lake. Gaib Sagar is surrounded on one side by the famous Badal Mahal and on the other side by the ancient Shreenathji temple.

The events during the fair would highlight the unexplored potential of the beautiful lakes and interesting forest areas of Dungarpur. Interesting activities like photography competition, students quiz and heritage walk as important part of the event will engage the visitors and tourists in Dungarpur.

Sail on the beautiful Lakes with Udaipur Lake Festival

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Lake city of Udaipur is one mesmeric destination in Rajasthan that attracts thousands of tourists every year! Moreover, the cultural and seasonal festivals make it more alluring city to visit! This year in an effort to sensitize people on the importance of water not only as a thing of utility but essential matter for everyone’s survival,  the tourism department and Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) is all set to host the second ‘Lake Festival’ from November 18-20, 2016. Musical programs, adventure sports, jungle safari, bird watching, light and sound shows and art fair  would be held around the lakes during the three days of the festival.

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The Lake Festival is sure to allure the residents and tourists alike. A road show would also be flagged off on November 18 from Fatehsagar ki Pal which would move around Udaipur streets demonstrating the tasks undertaken to conserve rain water.To allure the youth, a national championship of dragon boats, open kayaking and canoeing events would be held during the festival.

The Lake Festival Attractions

  • Day 2 :- Singer Nitin Mukesh go to perform LIVE on 19th November, 2016
  • Timing :- 7pm to 10pm 
  • Venue :- Fatehsagar Paal
P.S The Lake Festival Fb Page
  • Day 3 :- Ghazal Singer Panjak Udas to go perform LIVE on 20th November,2016 
  • Timing :- 7pm to 10pm 
  • Venue :- Fatehsagar Paal
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The festival is free and open for all the tourists and local people.  So witness and take part in the festivities of Lake Festival and to celebrate the beauty of beautiful Udaipur city.

14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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Image Credit: www.bhainsrorgarh.com

  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

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  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

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  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

Jaipur to host Bird Fair at Jal Mahal

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Your interest and enjoyment of bird watching gets its wings!! For all Bird Lovers coming 5th & 6th February the favorite hotspot ‘Jal Mahal‘ will be your destination as once again it’s time for the annual Bird Fair in Pink City.

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JalMahal, the place where you would just love to sit by and watch the magical lake, mesmerizing architecture and the chirping of beautiful birds; domestic and foreign.

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It’s time to get your binoculars, cameras and gather at Jal Mahal to soak in the wonderful sights and sounds of birds

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Jodhpur turns birdwatchers’ paradise

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Rajasthan has already become a bird lovers’ paradise after the renovation of  prime lakes and ponds of the state . Given the spurt in the number of migratory birds at various locations this year, not just ornithologists, even ordinary birdwatchers and environmentalists are upbeat and are looking forward to the state being harnessed as a destination for bird lovers.

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Every winter Jodhpur attracts thousands of migratory birds from foreign lands, demoiselle cranes being vast in number. Khichan, a village in Phalodi tehsil of Jodhpur is known for a large number of demoiselle cranes that visit it every winter. This annual bird migration began with around a hundred cranes in the 1970s, when a local couple started feeding pigeons. Other villagers joined their efforts, and as of 2014, Khichan hosted over 30,000 demoiselle cranes from as early as August each year to as late as March of the following year.

This year they’ve broken the record by crossing the count of 80 thousand demoiselle cranes making the Khichan village of Jodhpur a prime destination for birdwatchers !

 

Bird Watching – A Delightful Sight For All Bird Lovers

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If you love to travel in the fresh, chilly wintery mornings, the season calls for much more than sight-seeing. The state of Rajasthan is a sight to many migratory birds and bird watching becomes a major activity in the peak months of December, January and February.

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The IndiaBirdRaces is one such organization involved in bird watching activity. A unique event ‘Jodhpur BirdRace’ was organized on last weekend in Jodhpur. The entire day was well spent spotting more than 250 bird species in and around the blue city. The event was not only limited to bird spotting but also aimed at better understanding of our biodiversity and environment. Some sited species of birds were cinereous vulture, Eurasian griffon, steppe eagle, Egyptian vulture; Punjab raven, rosy starling, white pelican, purple moorhen, grey heron, shoveler, pochard and the list is endless.

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The nearby places around Jaipur – Chandlai and Barkheda are also house to number of migratory birds. So, all the bird lovers, if you are finding any reason to experience the wintery morning chill – let bird watching be the perfect reason 😉

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