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The eastern gateway to Rajasthan is the town of Bharatpur, which is at a distance of 55 km from Agra. Bharatpur is famous for its superb waterfowl habitat, which is one of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur bird sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park). It is located between the historic cities of Aga and Jaipur.

This National Park got its name from the god keoladeo an aspect of Lord shiva, enshrined within the central of the national park. The term 'ghana' is derived from Hindi, which means dense and refers to thick forest. It became a national park on 10 March 1982 and was declared a UNESCO world heritage sight in December 1985.

bharat bird tourMaharaja Surajmal laid down the fondation of Bharatpur wildlife sanctuary by constructing a dam, which was later, cleared and became the Bharatpur Lake. It gave birth to new eco system and even today it is nestling indigenous and migratory birds. However conservation was the last thing on his mind and it was a royal hunting preserve of the Maharaja and was one of the best duck-shooting wetlands in the world. In 1965 the government banned the indiscriminate shooting of birds and the area was declared a national park in the year 1982 and in 1985 it was accepted as a UNESCO world heritage site.

    Bharatpur palace is a fine fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture and was built by different Maharajas in various phases. The palace has magnificent apartments that are richly decorated with intricately designed floor tiles having interesting patterns. The darbar is now converted into a museum and in the central of the museum ancient exhibits are displayed.

    Providing a glimpse of the royal past, Bharatpur government museum is one of the major attractions at Bharatpur sanctuary. It houses a rich collection of artifacts and exquisitely carved sculptures and ancient inscriptions are attention grabbers at the museum. These speak about the royal lineage and local life.

    Lohagarh fort (Iron fort) built in the early 18 th century is a massive iron structure. The fort derived its name from impregnable defenses, which remained unconquered even after a number of British attacks. Within the precincts of the fort there are three palaces- Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas.

    The Ganga mandir is a beautiful piece of architecture and the construction of this temple was started by Maharaja Balwant Singh in 1845. For the construction of this temple all the persons who were employed in the service of the state were asked to donate one month's salary for the shrine.

    Laxman, brother of lord Rama is the main deity at Bharatpur and thus a beautiful Laxman Temple is constructed at Bharatpur. This beautiful temple is famous for beautiful stonework with elaborate carvings.

    Within the glorious ramparts of the Fort, the two towers -Jawahar burj and Fateh Burj are also of special interest. These towers were built to commemorate the victories of Jats over Mughals and British and were built by Maharaja Surajmal. At Jawahar burj, the rulers of Bharatpur used to be crowned.

    Deeg is at a distance of 32 km from Bharatpur and was once a second capital of the region. A strong and massive fort is at Deeg is a major tourist attraction; it was the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur. Deeg fort houses numerous beautiful palaces and gardens. The colorful bazaars of Deeg are also a great attraction.
How to Reach Bharatpur Bird Sactuarymigrated bird in bharatpur
  • Air : The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56-kms from Bharatpur. Delhi is 184 Kms from Bharatpur.

  • Rail : The Bharatpur railway station is only at 6 Km from the park and is well connected by rail services to major cities of India including Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Agra.

  • Road : An excellent road network connects Bharatpur to all the major towns of the Rajasthan like Agra, Jaipur, Delhi and its neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
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