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Shivpuri Bird Watching

Shivpuri is a district of Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Shivpuri is very ancient town and a sacred place. It is named for the God Shiva. It is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Earlier to that, Shivpuri's dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors. Emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables while returning from Mandu in year 1564.

The thick forrests are still there and continue to be a source of forrest-produces of domestic and industrial use Shivpuri was awarded as Jagir to the Kachwahas of Narwar in the 17th century. It came under the rule of the Scindias in 1804, who granted it to one of their Maratha generals by name Ingle. Later, it was transferred to the HEIC in 1817 under a treaty, but the Scindias regained it in 1818. It was the summer capital of Gwalior State and government offices were shifted here in summer months.Tantya Tope was awarded death sentence on April 17, 1859 by British Raj for his part in the Revolt of 1857 in nearby Jhansi. He was hanged to death in Shivpuri, at a site near the present collectorate.

Shivpuri is also known for Marble-Chatri’s of Scindia’a, fort in Narwar/Narbar, Madhav National Park (spread over an area of 157.58 Sq. Kms ). Madhav is well known for the migratory waterfowl, which arrive from the North (mainly Siberia) to winter on and around the lakes. Dr. Salim Ali, world-famous ornithologist, has suggested that the lake (Sakhya Sagar and Madhav Sagar, created on Manier river in 1918) be developed as a bird sanctuary and steps are now being taken to ensure that this is carried out. Bird life on the lake features many geese and ducks-whilst around the shores may be found several species of herons as well as storks and cranes. Taking the Lake view road, as described in circuit 3 may best see these Bird life in the Karera Bird Sannctuary is also plentiful, with many of the species typical of the habitat.  Karera is about 60 km. from Shivpuri and is popular for temporary stay of migratory avian guests. A particularly good area for bird viewing is where the track crosses the wide, rocky stream, which flows, from the Waste Weir.

Shivpuri WildlifeHere there are annually Red-wattle lapwings, Large pied Wagtails, Indian Bustard, Pond herons and often a White-breasted kingfisher. Numerous other species may be seen, especially at dawn or dusk when the birds fly in to drink The following list shows some of the commoner and more conspicuous birds to be found in and around the Park – Indian Bustard, Large cormorant, Painted stork, Grey heron, Spoonbill, Purple heron, White ibis, Pond heron, Grey lag goose, Large brown dove, Grey duck, Spotted dove, Vulture, Red turtle dove, White-backed vulture, Blue rock pigeon, Common pariah kite, Spotted owlet, Black-winged kite, House swift, Marsh harrier, Common kingfisher, Shikra, white, breasted kingfisher, Laggar falcon, Small pied kingfisher, Eurasian kestrel, Little bee-eater, Common fowl, Indian roller, Common sandgrouse, Hoopoe, Painted sandgrouse, Wryneck, Sarus crane, Mahratta woodpecker, Indian moorhen, Red-rumped swallow, Red-wattled lapwing, Wiretailed swallow, Green sandpiper, Bay-backed shrike, Grey shrike, Blossom-headed parakeet, Rose-ringed parakeet, Purple sunbird, Large cuckoo-shrike, Red-vented bulbul, Plain prinia, Tailor bird, Ashy prinia, Common Mynah, Brahminy mynah, indian robin, Magpie robin, Black redstart, White-throated munia, Black drongo, Whitebellied drongo, Dusky crag martin, Collared bushchat, Paradise flycatcher, Verditer flycatcher, Red-breasted flycatcher, Orphean warbler, Pied bushchat, White-eye, Grey wagtail, Large pied wagtail, White wagtail, Grey tit, Jungle crow, Indian house crow, Treepie, Golden oriole, Black oriole, House sparrow An interesting feature about the Shivpuri national park in Madhya Pradesh, India is the fact that you can photograph tigers, as you will most definitely sight a few at this wildlife park.

This is because the tigers are bred in captivity in the buffer zone of the Madhav Shivpuri wildlife park. In lake Shakya Sagar boating can be done and marsh crocodile can also be seen The other inhabitants of the Shivpuri national park are striped hyenas, leopards, chitals, jackals, nilgais, four-horned antelopes, jungle cats, wild boars, gazelle, sambhars, sloth bears, crocodiles and langurs Some good hotels in Shivpuri are “Tourist Village Shivpuri (M.P.T.)”, Chinkara Motel (M.P.T.). Shivpuri is well connected by road with Gwalior (112 km.) and Jhansi(105 km.), Chanderi (127 km.), Datia (125km.). Nearest airport is in Gwalior which is well connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore. Nearest railway station is in Jhansi.Shivpuri is a district of Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Shivpuri is very ancient town and a sacred place. It is named for the God Shiva. It is steeped in the royal legacy of its past, when it was the summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Earlier to that, Shivpuri's dense forests were the hunting grounds of the Mughal emperors. Emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables while returning from Mandu in year 1564. The thick forrests are still there and continue to be a source of forrest-produces of domestic and industrial use Shivpuri was awarded as Jagir to the Kachwahas of Narwar in the 17th century. It came under the rule of the Scindias in 1804, who granted it to one of their Maratha generals by name Ingle. Later, it was transferred to the HEIC in 1817 under a treaty, but the Scindias regained it in 1818. It was the summer capital of Gwalior State and government offices were shifted here in summer months.Tantya Tope was awarded death sentence on April 17, 1859 by British Raj for his part in the Revolt of 1857 in nearby Jhansi. He was hanged to death in Shivpuri, at a site near the present collectorate.


Deers in ShivpuriShivpuri is also known for Marble-Chatri’s of Scindia’a, fort in Narwar/Narbar, Madhav National Park (spread over an area of 157.58 Sq. Kms ). Madhav is well known for the migratory waterfowl, which arrive from the North (mainly Siberia) to winter on and around the lakes. Dr. Salim Ali, world-famous ornithologist, has suggested that the lake (Sakhya Sagar and Madhav Sagar, created on Manier river in 1918) be developed as a bird sanctuary and steps are now being taken to ensure that this is carried out. Bird life on the lake features many geese and ducks-whilst around the shores may be found several species of herons as well as storks and cranes. Taking the Lake view road, as described in circuit 3 may best see these


Bird life in the Karera Bird Sannctuary is also plentiful, with many of the species typical of the habitat.  Karera is about 60 km. from Shivpuri and is popular for temporary stay of migratory avian guests. A particularly good area for bird viewing is where the track crosses the wide, rocky stream, which flows, from the Waste Weir. Here there are annually Red-wattle lapwings, Large pied Wagtails, Indian Bustard, Pond herons and often a White-breasted kingfisher. Numerous other species may be seen, especially at dawn or dusk when the birds fly in to drink


Bird Watching in Shivpuri -
The following list shows some of the commoner and more conspicuous birds to be found in and around the Park – Indian Bustard, Large cormorant, Painted stork, Grey heron, Spoonbill, Purple heron, White ibis, Pond heron, Grey lag goose, Large brown dove, Grey duck, Spotted dove, Vulture, Red turtle dove, White-backed vulture, Blue rock pigeon, Common pariah kite, Spotted owlet, Black-winged kite, House swift, Marsh harrier, Common kingfisher, Shikra, white, breasted kingfisher, Laggar falcon, Small pied kingfisher, Eurasian kestrel, Little bee-eater, Common fowl, Indian roller, Common sandgrouse, Hoopoe, Painted sandgrouse, Wryneck, Sarus crane, Mahratta woodpecker, Indian moorhen, Red-rumped swallow, Red-wattled lapwing, Wiretailed swallow, Green sandpiper, Bay-backed shrike, Grey shrike, Blossom-headed parakeet, Rose-ringed parakeet, Purple sunbird, Large cuckoo-shrike, Red-vented bulbul, Plain prinia, Tailor bird, Ashy prinia, Common Mynah, Brahminy mynah, indian robin, Magpie robin, Black redstart, White-throated munia, Black drongo, Whitebellied drongo, Dusky crag martin, Collared bushchat, Paradise flycatcher, Verditer flycatcher, Red-breasted flycatcher, Orphean warbler, Pied bushchat, White-eye, Grey wagtail, Large pied wagtail, White wagtail, Grey tit, Jungle crow, Indian house crow, Treepie, Golden oriole, Black oriole, House sparrow.

An interesting feature about the Shivpuri national park in Madhya Pradesh, India is the fact that you can photograph tigers, as you will most definitely sight a few at this wildlife park. This is because the tigers are bred in captivity in the buffer zone of the Madhav Shivpuri wildlife park. In lake Shakya Sagar boating can be done and marsh crocodile can also be seen.

The other inhabitants of the Shivpuri national park are striped hyenas, leopards, chitals, jackals, nilgais, four-horned antelopes, jungle cats, wild boars, gazelle, sambhars, sloth bears, crocodiles and langurs.

Hotels in Shivpuri -
Some good hotels in Shivpuri are “Tourist Village Shivpuri (M.P.T.)”, Chinkara Motel (M.P.T.). Shivpuri is well connected by road with Gwalior (112 km.) and Jhansi(105 km.), Chanderi (127 km.), Datia (125km.). Nearest airport is in Gwalior which is well connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore. Nearest railway station is in Jhansi.

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