Birdwatching near Agra


Indian Skimmer, Chambal River
Indian Skimmer, Chambal River

Surprised are you? Yes, several species of birds call Agra and it's surroundings, home and also visit us during the migratory season. Agra's vicinity has several water bodies that attract birds from all over the world. Birdwatching in and around Agra can be a lot of fun and a great way to unwind from the a hectic work life.

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Marsh Harrier, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

As an avid birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, I make it a point to discover and visit several bird-watching hotspots near Agra. These include:
  • Kheetam Jheel or Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary (1 hour from Agra going towards Mathura. I have seen swarms of rosy pelicans here.
  • Bharatpur's Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary (1 hour from Agra going towards Jaipur). Besides birds there are also several kinds of deer, jackals and reptiles like python.
  • Lesser known water bodies near Agra and Delhi NCR.
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Red Crested Pochard, Chambal River Safari
  • Chambal River near Dholpur (Madhya Pradesh, going towards Gwalior) and Bah (Uttar Pradesh) both between 1 to 1.5 hours from Agra. Here, I can arrange for a river cruise along the river where you can see not only migratory birds but also Indian Marsh Crocodile, Gharial (fish eating crocodiles), large softshell turtles and if you're lucky even a river dolphin.
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Indian Scops Owls, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Birding is very rewarding during the migratory season or winter (November to early March) months no doubt, however, we still have resident birds such oriental honey buzzard, yellow footed green pigeon, Egyptian vultures to name a few that are worth photographing or just observing with binoculars even during the summer months. 

Sarus Crane
Sarus Crane

Bird-watching is still very nascent as a hobby and tourist attraction in Agra. As such there is not much information about the above places on the Internet (besides on Bharatpur), hence local knowhow and insights is key before visiting any of these locations. This where I step in. Having been to these places on several occasions I know them inside out, charges, safety etc. 

Purple Swamp Hen, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

On your next visit to Agra, let's go bird-watching. You don't need a really expensive camera or binocular or knowledge, just come along to enjoy being in the open, surrounded by nature and walking amidst doses of fresh air!

Please Note:
  • There is no guarantee that you will see the above wildlife. The river and / or sanctuary is their habitat and sightings depend on water level in the river, human interference, climatic conditions, weather and other factors, migratory pattern of birds, most of which are beyond your and my control. I will do my best to show you all there is to see. 
  • What to carry during the safari: photo identification, camera, binoculars, warm jacket (in the winter), backpack, sun glasses, cap, vizer, sun block, some cash, drinking water.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly not permitted in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • Please do not throw trash on the floor even if you don't see a trash can. Please ask me and I help to dispose it off properly.
  • To prevent any disturbance to wildlife, I do not permit the use of any call playback to attract birds, feeding or baiting of wildlife. Despite this, if you do and are caught by the authorities or called out by locals or fellow wildlife enthusiasts, then you are entirely on your own - embarrassment, fines and other penalties as per the local laws governing national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are to be borne by you.

For any questions on bird-watching in and around Agra or how to make the most of your time in Agra, contact kunal@totravelwith.com or call / whatsapp +919717148483.