In the monsoon of 2016, I made a short trip to Karnala hoping to spot the Pitta and the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher. While, I did not have any lucky with the ODKF, I was quite thrilled to spot the Pitta a few times on the Hariyal Trail. Although, it was from a little far, hearing their call reverberate through the forest itself got me going!
Updated with link for booking of Forest Lodge.
Shanti Kutir (FRH) is one of the two places to stay inside the park. It is advisable to make prior booking during season time (Oct to Mar). Contact number - 05644-22777 (this number may be dated now). Another place is the Bharatpur Forest Lodge which is located inside, a km from the gate. Link for booking of is http://rtdc.tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/. Phone numbers are 05644 22760, 22722
Desert Coursers is a good place to stay if you're staying in Zainabad. Within the property itself, I could identify around 60 species of birds. The place has a very eco-friendly feel to it and staying in koobas adds to the whole experience. All in all, I would recommend it to anyone.
We went to Mollem National Park in December, 2016. We took our own vehicle and paid an entry fee of Rs. 120. We stayed at the Mollem Forest Rest House. The bookings were made through the office of the Deputy Conservator (0832-312095). The Rest House staff was very kind and took care of all our needs. We also had a guide accompany us through all the trails. As far as birding goes, some good finds were Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Flame-Throated Bulbul
We took a flight to Delhi and then drove to Bharatpur which took us around 4 hours. We paid an entry fee of Rs. 75 per person. You're only allowed to take your car till Shanti Kutir where you can pay and park. Thereon, you can travel by foot, on bicycle or by an auto rickshaw. We spent a total of 4 days in Bharatpur.
We paid an entry fee of Rs. 20/- per person at the Sanctuary. We reached around 6:30am and headed straight to the Salim Ali Bird Trail. Personally, I was extremely pleased to spot the Emerald Dove, Southern Hill Myna, Heart-shaped Woodpecker and White-bellied treepie. Some others we saw that day were Greater Flameback Woodpecker, Black-Rumped Flameback and Black-Hooded Oriole.
I reached Mayodia and checked into the Coffee House (cum Guest House). It was a decently maintained structure with very basic food. The first thing on my agenda that day was to spot the Blyth's Tragopan. Just as I prepared to head out, the weather took a bad turn. It took around 2 hours for the rains to stop, I decided to give it another try. I was standing at the main road when I saw the pheasant run into the dense foliage on the other side of the road. I had no time to click a picture but I can definitely check it off my list.