Bharatpur

        Bharatpur | Deeg

 


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

Of the remnants of the royal past remains the marvellous Bharatpur Palace housing a rich repository of a large number of ancient exhibit that date back to the early 15th century.

PRIME SIGHTS

  • 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 artefacts, 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 held at the Jawahar Burj.

  • The Palace : This royal edifice is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajpat 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.

  • Keoladeo National Park : Once the royal hunting preserve of the princes of Bharatpur, it is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world inundated 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, ebis and grey herons can be spotted all over the park. The raised paths camouflaged by babul trees make their viewing easier.

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 bharatprur with several cities within and outside the State.

  • Local Transport : Tongas and Cycle-rickshaws.

WHERE TO STAY (ACCOMODATION) :

  • HERITAGE HOTELS

    • Laxmi Vilas Palace 25259
    • Golbagh Palace 22919
    • Govind Niwas 23247

  • RTDC /ITDC Hotels

    • ITDC Bharatpur Forest Lodge 22722
    • RTDC Hotel Saras 23700

  • RESTAURANTS

    • Hotel Pratap Palace 24245
    • Eagel Nest Hotel 25144
    • Circuit House 23766
    • Hotel Pelican 24221

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Bank/Money changers : State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, B. Narayan Gate , Bharatpur, Tel. 22441, 23140

  • Post & Telegraph Office : GPO, Gandhi Park, Tel. 23586

  • Clubs : Bharatpur Club, Company Bagh.

  • Tourist Information Centtre : Tourist Reception Centre, (RTDC), Hotel Saras, Agra Road, Tel. 22542.

  • Guide Services : Approved Guides for the National Park can be hired from the Tourist Reception Centre, RTDC Hotel Saras, Tel. 22542 and Dy. Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Rest House, Tel. 22777.

  • Mini Bus Tour : Mini bus is operated by Forest Department. Please contact the Dy. Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Rest House, Tel. 22777.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Area : 22 sq. km.

  • Altitude : 250 metres
  • Climate : Mean Max. Mean Min.
      Summer : 45.0 c 37.0 c
      Winter : 31.7 c 7.0 c
  • Rainfall : 69 cms
  • Best Season: October-February
  • Clothing : Summer light tropical
      Winter light woollen
  • Languages : Rajasthani, Hindi, English.

Deeg

    Deeg (32Km) from Bharatpur is known for its beautifulwater palaces and fountains built by Raja Surajmal Jat. It was 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.

 
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