The 55-km long journey by road from Agra drives you to the town of Bharatpur the eastern gateway to Rajasthan. Bharatpur was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD. 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.
Of the remnants of the royal past remain the marvellous Bharatpur Palace housing a rich repository of a large number of ancient exhibits that date back to the early 15th century.
Prime Attractions of Bharatpur
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Once the royal hunting reserve of the princes of Bharatpur, it is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, inundated with over 400 species of water birds. more..
The Brij Festival takes place a few days before Holi, the festival of colours. Held in honour of Lord Krishna, this festival is marked by verve and zest. Villagers, in gay, multihued attire, can be seen singing and performing the Raslila dance-the immortal love-story of Radha and Krishna.
Govt. Museum - Bharatpur
Located in the centre of the famous Lohagarh Fort, the Bharatpur Museum houses a rich collection of archaeological wealth of the nearby areas as well as from the old Bharatpur State. The huge palatial building Kachahari Kalan, once the administrative block of the rulers of Bharatpur state, was converted into a museum in 1944 AD. Later on, the Kamra Khas (personal chamber) building on the first floor was added to the museum.
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 held at the Jawahar Burj.
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.
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 central pan of the palace.
General Information - Bharatpur
Location: 32-km From Deeg, Rajasthan.
Main Attraction: Lohagarh Fort, The Palace, Keoladeo National Park.
Best Time: October-February.
Timings: October - February .
How to Reach
Air: The nearest airport is Agra at a distance of 56 km. From Agra, daily flights are available for Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Lucknow.
By Rail: Bharatpur is well connected by regular rail services connect with several cities on Delhi-Mumbai trunk route, Jaipur and Agra.
By Bus: A good network of bus services connects Bharatpur with Delhi, Jaipur and other major cities in north and western India.