Rajasthan's lakes, ponds, marshlands and grasslands are a haven for bird lovers. One can find around 550 species of birds and most of these are residents. The best colony of birds in the world is Keoladeo National Park situated In Bharatpur.
It has more than 400 species of birds and more than 130 of them breed inside the park. Being a unique bird place, the UNESCO has recognised it as a world heritage site. It is truly a paradise of feathered life which provides unlimited opportunities to bird watchers. Various other lakes and ponds spread over the state offer the enthusiast an opportunity to watch the activities of the birds.
The major wetlands other than Bharatpur are Kukas, Kalah, Bund, Buchora Chandii, Chhaparwara and Ramgarh in Jaipur, Siliserh Jaisamand and Mansarover in Alwar, Ana Sagar and Fatehsagar in Ajmer, Jaisamand, Pichhola and Badi Ka Talab in Udaipur, Balsamand and Sardar Samand in Jodhpur, Bassi Dam in Chittaurgarh and Meja Dam in Bhilwara.
The best season for bird watching starts with the onset of winter when marshlands and lakes are inhabited by migratory birds as well as resident birds. In salt- water lakes, flamingos are also found, like in Pachpadra near Barmer and Sambhar near Jaipur. Bird watching g is a hobby which has minimum requirements. All you need is a binocular and a experienced wildlife guide.