A wonderful place for a leisurely weekend, Bharatpur lets you explore the regal and vivacious side of Rajasthan. Known as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan, Bharatpur was once an impregnable and heavily fortified city. Founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD, its setting makes it an ideal place to indulge in nature and relish some astonishing wildlife. Narrating some important chapters of Rajasthan?s history, Bharatpur remains a popular attraction among history buffs.
Visit the legendary Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary; also known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. It is one of the best bird sanctuaries in the world. Created in 1890 by the Maharaja of Bharatpur, it used to be his bird hunting reserve. This sanctuary is home to more than 300 species of birds. Moreover, it also attracts thousands of migratory birds from Siberia, Europe, China, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Tibet every year. If you travel to Bharatpur during October to February, you will be able to catch sight of some famous bird species like the Siberian crane, the Siberian Greyleg Goose and the Chinese Bareheaded Goose. Besides, the park is also home to birds like the Pelican, Painted Stork, Pipit, Warbler, Wagtail, White Ibis and the Marsh Harrier.
This world famous bird sanctuary was made a National Park in 1982 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Besides the birds, the Bharatpur sanctuary is also inhabited by some animal species like the Hyena, Sambhar, Chinkara, Blackbuck, Wild boar, Wildcat and the Nilgai. The sanctuary has a number of well-defined trekking routes for those who would like to explore the park on foot. You could also explore the park on cycles, man pulled rickshaws or take a boating trips, which would help you in observing the birds from very close quarters. The best time to travel to Bharatpur is from August to February.
Tourist Attractions in Bharatpur
Some of the famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Bharatpur are listed below.
Bharatpur Government Museum
The Museum preserves various articles of the royal past. It provides an opportunity to know about the past royal splendor of Bharatpur.
This iron structure was built in the first half of the 18th century AD by Maharaja Suraj Mal. It houses three palaces, namely, Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas. This fort has the distinction of remaining unconquered till date.
This artistic marvel is a unique blend of the Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. This beautiful palace has some exquisitely decorated apartments that are a treat to the eyes. The Bharatpur Palace also houses the Government museum now.
Best Time to Visit
Though the Bird Sanctuary is opened throughout the year, but October till March is best for watching migratory birds. During this time, you can also plan a sightseeing of the area around.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Bharatpur is Jaipur International Airport in Jaipur. India Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi can also be considered. Buses are available from Jaipur till Bharatpur.
By Rail: Bharatpur has the Bharatpur Junction railway station that connects to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra.
By Road: RSRTC Buses are available to Bharatpur from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Agra. From New Delhi, one has to hire a cab or taxi. Self drive is also possible.
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