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Jhalawar: a fascinating bird sighting destination.

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Jhalawar: a fascinating bird sighting destination.

Rajasthan’s historic district with religious values- Jhalawar is slowly and gradually making its mark in Eco-Tourism and wildlife. The traditionally rich land of Hadoti region is becoming a new Birding Hot Spot in Rajasthan and is attracting tourist from across the world.

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This year the Second Bird Festival of the District has been organized with Zeal and Enthusiasm along with a collaboration of District Administration and Forest Department.

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According to the Bird enthusiast Anil Rodgers, the Bird Festival has been organized in a wonderful manner and under the keen supervision of District Collector Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni. The presence and participation of school and college student, wildlife research scholars, scientists, local bird and environment lovers, participants from Kota, Bundi, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Bharatpur including many other District added to the charm of the festival. A world-class Wildlife and Birding Photography Exhibition showing the true Wild colors of Hadoti along with a rare and exclusive stamp collection was also a part of the festival.

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Jhalawar is replete with the rich avifaunal biodiversity, there are more than 250 local and migratory species recorded here. Including Bar-Headed Geese, Greylag Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Flamingoes, Northern Shovelor, Northern Pintail, Common Teal,  Gadwal, Red Crested Pochard, TufftedPochard,  White Eyed Pochard, Common Pochard, EurasionWegion, Pallas Gull, Black Tailed Godvit, Redshank, Green Shank and many other waders. Moreover, Jhalawar has active habitation of critically endangered Long-billed vultures, and White Rumped Vultures and you can also see rare Asian King Vulture (Sarcogypscalvus)  and endangered Egyptian Vultures in Abundance. Wetlands of Jhalawar are a big attraction to see the tallest flying bird, Sarus Cranes are breeding here in good numbers as well as you can see Painted storks, Whooly necked stork, Migratory Black Stork and Resident Black Necked Stork in the Gorges and Open Wetlands.

Besides these, Ancient Kolvi Caves, World Heritage Site Gagron Fort, Dalhanpur Ruins, Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Temple are worth visiting places in Jhalawar. Enriched with old traditional values wouldn’t be able to miss the hospitality of the people of Jhalawar.

Image Credits: Wildlife Photographer Anil Rodgers

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21st Indian Birding Fair begins at Jaipur’s Mansagar Jalmahal

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Here’s a quick call for all the Bird lovers and photography enthusiasts!

The 21st Birding Fair is being organised in Jaipur on the 8th and 9th Feb from 09.00 am to 02.00 pm .

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More than 2,500 migratory birds are expected to be seen against  around 10,000 birds reported a few years back. Diving shovellers, pintails, coots, resident ducks like spot-bill duck and common moorhen, and four species of egrets too can be seen , don’t forget to carry your camera gears and binoculars.   Apart from that, the Lake comprises part of the Pink City’s northern frontal facade, which is marked by hills, forests, forts, heritage buildings, Ashwamegh Yajna site and cluster of Temples casts a spell binding charm over visitors during this birding fair.

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They will also be exhibiting sculptures, paintings, stone art, merchandise etc. Not to be missed, the chaupati at Jalmahal will be brimming with people and tempting street food to enjoy!

Images: Rajasthan Tourism Official

Jhalawar becomes the new Bird Sighting Destination in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan’s historic district with religious values- Jhalawar is slowly and gradually making its mark in Eco-Tourism and wildlife. The traditionally rich land of Hadoti region is becoming a new Birding Hot Spot in Rajasthan and is attracting tourist from across the world. This year the Second Bird Festival of the District has been organized with Zeal and Enthusiasm along with collaboration of District Administration and Forest Department.

Pintail-flight

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According to the Bird enthusiast Anil Rodgers, the Bird Festival has been organized in a wonderful manner and under the keen supervision of District Collector Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni. The presence and participation of school and college student, wildlife research scholars, scientists, local bird and environment lovers, participants from Kota, Bundi, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Bharatpur including many other District added to the charm of the festival. A world class Wildlife and Birding Photography Exhibition showing the true Wild colours of Hadoti along with a rare and exclusive stamp collection was also a part of the festival.

Flamingoesrunning

Jhalawar is replete with the rich avifaunal biodiversity, there are more than 250 local and migratory species recorded here. Including Bar Headed Geese, Greylag Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Flamingoes, Northern Shovelor, Northern Pintail, Common Teal,  Gadwal, Red Crested Pochard, TufftedPochard,  White Eyed Pochard, Common Pochard, EurasionWegion, Pallas Gull, Black Tailed Godvit, Redshank, Green Shank and many other waders. Moreover, Jhalawar has active habitation of critically endangered long billed vultures, and White Rumped Vultures and you can also see rare Asian King Vulture (Sarcogypscalvus)  and endangered Egyptian Vultures in Abundance. Wetlands of Jhalawar are big attraction to see the tallest flying bird, Sarus Cranes are breeding here in good numbers as well as you can see Painted storks, Whooly necked stork, Migratory Black Stork and Resident Black Necked Stork in the Gorges and Open Wetlands.

Besides these, Ancient Kolvi Caves, World Heritage Site Gagron Fort, Dalhanpur Ruins, Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Temple are worth visiting places in Jhalawar. Enriched with old traditional values wouldn’t be able to miss the hospitality of the people of Jhalawar.

All images via: Wildlife Photographer Anil Rodgers

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
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  • 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.

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 !