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
- 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
- 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
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 :
Road : A network of bus services links
bharatprur with several cities within and outside the State.
Local Transport : Tongas and
WHERE TO STAY (ACCOMODATION) :
- Laxmi Vilas Palace 25259
- Golbagh Palace 22919
- Govind Niwas 23247
- ITDC Bharatpur Forest Lodge 22722
- RTDC Hotel Saras 23700
- Hotel Pratap Palace 24245
- Eagel Nest Hotel 25144
- Circuit House 23766
- Hotel Pelican 24221
Bank/Money changers : State Bank of Bikaner
& Jaipur, B. Narayan Gate , Bharatpur, Tel. 22441, 23140
Post & Telegraph Office : GPO, Gandhi Park,
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.
Mini Bus Tour : Mini bus is operated by Forest
Department. Please contact the Dy. Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Rest
House, Tel. 22777.
Area : 22 sq. km.
- Altitude : 250
- Climate : Mean Max. Mean Min.
Summer : 45.0 c 37.0
Winter : 31.7 c 7.0 c
- Rainfall : 69 cms
- Best Season:
- Clothing : Summer light tropical
- Languages : Rajasthani, Hindi, English.
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