Karera Bird Sanctuary is located in Madhya Pradesh and is about 55 kilometres from Shivpuri. Shivpuri was once the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Karera Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s delight. The sanctuary is famous for its celebrity inhabitant Indian bustard and is believed to be last refuge of this bird. The studies conducted on the Indian bustard here have revealed that there are three type of bustards found in the sanctuary. The three types of bustards you may come across are Indian bustard, bearded bustard and colored bustard.
The status of the Karera is that of the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary and it was notified in 1981 as a sanctuary. The vegetation is reverie and swamp with mixed deciduous forests. Ber bushes and other wild plants are found in abundance. There are no trees except acacia throughout this forest.
Flora and Fauna:
The region around Karera is quite dry and rocky but one can feel more relaxed at the Dihaila Jheel. Entirely rainfed, the size and depth of the lake depend on the monsoons. Across the waters lay Dihila village whose inhabitants own and use the land forming the lakebed and whose crops have benefited from the gauano deposite of the birds.
There are many migratory birds that settle here in the season. In fact, experts have recorded a total of 245 bird species in Karera. There are pintails, teals, and gadwalls snoozing in the sun or squatting meditatively in the mud. There are resident water birds too like the black-bellied river terns, egrets, and spoonbills. Other birds found here are herons, Indian robins, as also insects like dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies.
Karera is one of the last refuges of the great Indian bustard. As per expert studies, one can find three types of bustards thrive here, the Indian bustard, bearded bustard, and coloured bustard.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Experts have recorded 245 species of birds in Karera Bird Sanctuary. Some of the birds you may come across in Karera Bird Sanctuary include teals, herons, Indian robins, pintails and gadwalls. There are a number of water birds like egrets, spoonbills and black-bellied river terns. Karera Bird Sanctuary is also a temporary refuge to migratory birds. Dihaila Jeel in the sanctuary play host to migratory birds, who flock the sanctuary every year.
Blackbuck is the celebrity animal in the sanctuary and at the last count there number was 2000. Indian gazelle is another animal that you can see at Karera Bird Sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit:
The best season to visit Karera Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to March.
How to Get there:
Air: Gwalior at a distance of 150 from Karera is the nearest airport. There are regular flights from Gwalior to Mumbai, Delhi, and Indore.
Rail: Jhansi at a distance of around 44 km off Karera is the nearest railway station. Jhansi is a major railway hub connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai and many more cities in India by several good trains
Road: Karera is connected to Shivpuri and Jhansi by regular buses. It is also connected to Gwalior and other important cities in the region by a good road network.
Madhya Pradesh, India
Shivpuri (55 Kms.)
Blackbuck, Herons, Indian robins