This city of Rajasthan is famous for its bird
sanctuary which is also called as Bharatpur bird sanctuary.
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Cities of Rajasthan » Bharatpur
- The 'Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan', was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in
1733 AD. Carved out of the region formerly known as Mewat it is an
important landmark in the history of Rajasthan. according to legend
Bharatpur is named after Bharat, the brother of Lord Ram whose other
brother Laxman was worshipped as the family deity of the royals of
Bharatpur. The name 'Laxman' was said to have been engraved on the arms ,
seals and other emblems of the state. In another magical legend the city
and the fort have been believed to be founded by Rustam, a mythical hero
of ancient Persia who is said to have killed his own son Sohrab,
Soak in the Surroundings
Keoladeo Ghana National Park
A heritage of India's colonial era, at one time this park was considered
the best duck shooting resort in the British empire. In 1956 it was
declared a reserve for birds and later upgraded to a National Park. UNESCO
has listed it as a world heritage site.
All of 29 sq. km. in area this mixed wetland, woodland, grass and scrub
houses more than 375 species of beautiful birds, and more than 132 of them
breed inside park. Nearly every year new birds are added to the list. The
sanctuary not only attracts birds from India but also from places like
Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet.
Before monsoon hundreds of these exotic birds roost and nest here,
building activities start on the babool and kadam trees of the park. Water
coming through the Ajan Bandh starts filling the various ponds and lakes
of the Park. When assured of enough food, hundreds of large, medium and
little cormorant, darter, purple and Grey heron, various species of egret,
painted, open-billed, white necked and black necked stork, white ibis,
spoonbill, night heron and other birds make it their home. The trees are
littered with nests and it is not uncommon to find a tree balancing about
fifty to sixty nests, all of different species of birds, an altogether
Though mostly famous for its feathered population, the park is not
altogether devoid of animals, the Black Buck, Sambhar - the largest Indian
Antelope, Spotted deer, Nigais and Pythons can also be observed at some
places lazing in the sun.
Vehicles are only permitted upto Shanti Kutir inside the park. The
Electra Van of forest department can be engaged in the sanctuary, although
the best way to explore the park is on foot or bicycles which are
available on hire. Cycle rickshaws can also be engaged.
The Lohagarh Fort
The Lohagarh Fort, is said to have withstood innumerable British attacks
frustrating the British no end. However Lord Lake, is said to have
captured it in 1804.
Lohagarh is very different from the other forts in the state, not as
flamboyant as most other forts in the province it does however have an
aura of strength and magnificence. The fort stands surrounded by a wide
moat which was once filled with water, making it very difficult for
enemies to gain access. The sandy ramparts were bolstered by sandy
battlements, strengthening it against the mighty guns of the British
Some interesting monuments in the fort are Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and
Kothi Khas. Moti Mahal and towers like Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj were
erected to commemorate the victory over the Mughals and the British army .
The Gateway has paintings of huge elephants.
The Government Museum
One of the buildings within the fort has been turned into a museum. Named
Kamra Khas or the 'Special Building' it displays a rich collection of
antiquities, exquisite sculptures and some ancient inscriptions. The
sculptures provide a window into the culture and art of the bygone era and
the inscriptions are a historical treasure that have helped archeologists
trace the royal lineage of this complex land. A nominal entrance fee of Rs
3 is charged for viewing the exhibits. The museum remains closed on
An interesting combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture the
Bharatpur Palace was built in various phases by different maharajas. Its
magnificent apartments are richly decorated with patterned floor tiles
which have been furthur embellished with intricate designs.A part of the
palace has been converted into a museum which displays collections dating
back to the 2nd century.
The best time to visit Bharatpur is during the winter months from October
to February. Winter months are pleasant enough for long stays. The summer
months are quite hot and best avoided.
Bharatpur is easy to get to by both road as well as rail transport.
Located in the vicinity of Agra, New Delhi, and Jaipur it is well
By Road : Bharatpur is on the Agra-Jaipur highway, just
a two-hour journey by bus from Agra (55 km) and an hour from Fatehpur
Sikri. Tourist Places in India would provide A/C and non A/C chauffeur
driven four-wheel vehicles with a competent driver to make your trip
By Rail : Bharatpur has a rail junction well connected
to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and many other parts of India. Palace
on Wheels - the royal Indian train also include Bharatpur in its
By Air : Nearest domestic airport is Agra from where
one can get flights to other parts of the country. New Delhi is the
nearest international airport with flights to places all around the world.