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Rajasthan Cities  - Bharatpur

The Favourite Bird Retreat

The 55-km long journey by road from Agra drives you to the town of Bharatpur the eastern gateway to Rajasthan. Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary near the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is the finest in Asia with a rich avian variety. Every year, the rare Siberian cranes come to spend the winter in the warmer climate of Bharatpur.

Major Attractions:

BirdsKeoladeo National Park : It is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 400 species of water birds. Exotic migratory birds from Afghanistan, central Asia.Tibet as well as Siberian cranes from the arctic, greyleg geese from Siberia and bareheaded geese from China , come here in July/Aug to spend the winters in warmer climate and they breed till Oct/Nov.

Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills , storks, egrets, herons, pelicans,Birds ebis and grey herons can be spotted all over the park. The raised paths camouflaged by babul trees make their viewing easier.

Lohagarh Fort : The massive iron structure built in the early 18th century. With its impregnable defences it sustained itself even after a number of British attacks. The fort was conceived and designed by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the founder of Bharatpur. The fort has three palaces within its precincts - Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas.

Government Museum : A rich collection of artifacts, exquisitely carved sculptures and ancient inscriptions can be admired in the Government Museum located in the Palaces. All these items speak volumes about the rich heritage, art and crafts of the region.

Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj : A few of the eight imposing towers still stand erect within the glorious ramparts of the Fort. Especially two of them - Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj are of special interest. These were built by Maharaja Suraj Mal to commemorate his victories over the Mughals and British respectively.

The coronation ceremony of the Jat rulers of Bharatpur was also help at the Jawahar Burj.

The Palace : This royal edifice is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles with magnificent apartments and intricately designed floor tiles having interesting patterns. One can marvel at the ancient exhibits displayed in the museum in the centeral part of the palace.

RAJASTHAN TRAIN TRAVEL

PALACE ON WHEELS

Ever wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about! Welcome to Palace On Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the visitor to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last but not the least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers on board include salons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as well as restaurant and organized shopping facilities.  
 
EXCURSIONS

CITIES

Deeg (32-km):
Once the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur, it served as the second capital of the region. This interesting town is strewn with massive, fortifications, stunningly beautiful gardens, magnificent palaces and a colourful bazaar.     

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Agra 56-km is the nearest airport.
Rail: Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with several cities on Delhi -Mumbai trunk route, Jaipur and Agra. Some important train connections are : Golden Temple Mail (Mumbai-Bharatpur-Jammu Tawi); Intercity Express (Hazrat Nizamuddin-Bharatpur); Paschim Express (New Delhi-Bharatpur-Mumbai)
Road: A network of bus services links Bharatpur with several cities within and outside the state.
Local Transport: Tongas and Cycle-rickshaws are the best way to commute within the city. 

Occasion: 32-km From Deeg, Rajasthan.
Tourist Attractions:
 Lohagarh Fort, The Palace, Keoladeo National Park.
Area:
22-sq-kms
Altitude:
250m
Best Season:
October - February.
Languages :
Rajasthani, Hindi, English.
Best Time To Visit:
October-February.

PLACES TO STAY

There are plenty of accommodation options available from deluxe heritage hotels to budget accommodation. 

NEAR BY CITIES

Deeg: 32-km.
Jaipur: 150-km (approx).


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