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If you love wildlife and especially birds, don't miss it.
It's a little off the beaten trail...not a lot of tourist support in place
In a nutshell
Bharatpur and Keoladeo are all about wildlife, making it perfect for my family.
This tip is more about an item than a shop. :)
One of the nicest little knick-knacks that we found on our visit to the Bharatpur area were little historic-styled paintings, depicting many of the birds one can see at Keoladeo National Park. The paintings themselves are copies of true antique miniatures, some of which are 150-200 years old. To add to the feel, the painting copies are done on old parchment, taken from older (30-50 years old) parchment textbooks, which are hand copied in Arabic. You can even see the old Arabic text on the front and back of the parchments. All in all, a very nifty little something to bring home. And, price-wise, they're a great choice to bring home to friends. Most of the ones I bought were about 400-500 Rs each, basically about US$ 10.
I bought four and I plan to make a little miniature parchment bird gallery in the corner of my office. I'm sure I'll have a smile each time I see them and remember the enjoyable morning and afternoons we'd spent birding in Bharatpur.
I am going to put a scan of one parchment down below. Please see the separate little "Parchment Avian Art" travelogue that I'm placing on my Bharatpur page for a few more scans/examples of these wonderful little keepsakes.
Written Nov 30, 2008
Everywhere in India you can easily come across any kind of procession.
Bharatpur lies close to Braj Bhoomi - the birthplace of Lord Krishna and where he spent his childhood. The Ras Leela, depicting the life of Krishna, is performed by professionals selected by the Rai community for this occasion. This Festival is in the beginning of February.
Updated Jun 5, 2006