Benefits of Off-season Travel to Keoladeo National Park

Birds of Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India

April to September is off-season.

October to March is the season.

Tourists suggest December and January is the best time to visit Keoladeo National Park (also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) but what if one is busy during those months?

I decided to visit during the off-season (September – after the rainy season) and as per personal experience, it was a fruitful visit. The park was lush green and a good amount of water was present everywhere.

Laughing Dove, Green Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Red-vented Bulbul, Brahminy Starling, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Spotted Deer, Black Drango, Pond Heron, Little Egret, Little Cormorant, White-breasted Kingfisher, Painted Stork, Large Egret, Snake Bird, Tiger Butterfly, Magpie-Robin, White-eared Bulbul, Oil Beetle, Black-shouldered Kite and many more birds, Migratory birds and animals I saw during morning and evening visits.

Knowledge was enhanced. Thanks to the Authorized Cycle-Rickshaw puller.

And the question:

Off-season one-day tour for one person at Keoladeo National Park cost?

I paid Rs. 50 as Rickshaw fare from Bharatpur Railway Station to Saras circle though the rickshaw puller was asking for Rs. 80. The hotel owner intervened and Rs. 50 I paid.

The distance between Bharatpur Railway Station to Saras circle is approx. 5 km. Most of the hotels and guest houses are nearby Saras circle. Keoladeo National Park is approx. 1 km from Saras circle.

  • Hotel Room Reservation (One Night Non AC): Rs. 1000 (breakfast complimentary)
  • Keoladeo National Park Entry Fee: Rs. 100

(Rs. 50 per visit for an Indian. Twice I visited the park)

  • Authorized Cycle-Rickshaw: Rs. 420

(Rs. 70 per hour. I did three-hour morning and three-hour evening tours)

  • Refreshments at Canteen: Rs. 60
  • Lunch, Dinner per day: Rs. 300
  • Auto-Fare from Saras Circle to Bharatpur Railway Station?

Rs. 60 I paid as an Auto fare (Solo booking. No sharing) from Saras Circle to Bharatpur Railway Station.

Rupees One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety approx. all-inclusive was the total budget for the Off-season one-day tour for one person at Keoladeo National Park.

Note: Train reservation/bus ticket will be extra if you are coming from another city or State.

Benefits: The park was less crowded. Only Photographers and a few tourists with cycles/cycle rickshaws were present.

If you visit during the season hotel tariff are a little high and the park is with more tourists and with few more birds for sure.

But what I want to say is: After the rains and just before the season visiting Keoladeo National Park is also a good option. I saw many many birds and the cost per day I find budget ones especially hotel room rates are cheaper for sure. What say?

Will try to tour one day during the season to know the exact difference.