An impregnable well fortified city, Bharatpur was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD. The name of town can be traced to Bharat, the brother of lord Rama of Ayodhya whose other brother Laxman was given the high place of family deity of the ruling family of Bharatpur. This town was a once strong hold of jaats along with Deeg and Dholpur, who played a major role in shaping the history of Rajasthan. They strongly opposed mighty Mughals and later the British Rulers.
Bharatpur is also known as the Eastern Gate of Rajasthan. Apart from being a great general, Suraj Mal was also a visionary engineer. He built numerous palaces and forts that spree over the majestic land of the city. Bharatpur is famous the world over for its Keoladeo Ghana National Park- 'Ornithologist's Paradise'.
Keoladeo Ghana Nationnal Park:
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, situated at the border between the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The a marshy area of the park stretches over 29 sq km with dense kadam forests, open grasslands and shallow lakes. This park has a distinction for diverse and amazing bird life with over 380 resident and migrant species of birds, including the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes. It offers an excellent opportunity to spot mammals like Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyena, Sambar, Fishing Cat, Nilgai, Blackbuck and wild Boar.
The architecture of Bharatpur Palace is the fine fusion of Mughal and Rajput style. It was built in various phases by different rulers. The magnificent palace is beautifully adorned with patterned floor tiles having exquisite and intricate designs. Museum occupies the main central wing displaying rich collection artifacts that dates back to the 2nd century AD.
The construction of the temple was started by Maharaja Balwant Singh in 1845. It was built by the funds raised by all the persons employed in service of the state, they donated a month's salary for the construction. Ganga Temple is a masterpiece of architecture.
This museum displays a rich collection of antiquities, exquisite sculptures and some ancient inscription. Beautiful sculpture speaks volume about the art and culture that flourished here during the particular period. Inscriptions are of immense historical values and helps in tracing the royal lineage.
Bharatpur is city full of fun and adventure for the travelers. It is a perfect destination, where one can transcend into the era of brave Rajputana Kings or explore the wilderness ready to surprise its visitors.
Some of the major attractions of Bharatpur include:
Fun & Leisure
|Ghana Bird Sanctuary
Colourful bazars of Bharatpur boasts variety of handicraft items. The main areas for shopping in the city are Mathura Gate, Chauburja Bazaar, Laxman Mandir(Temple), Ganga Mandir(Temple).
Nightlife at Bharatpur may include an exciting camp accompanied with an entertaining dance performance by the local artists.
Open air and fast food are intrinsic to Bharatpur. You can find a number of these small roadside restaurants serving variety of food. Eating from the roadside vendors is great fun in itself; you get to taste those exotically interesting spices and flavours.
The nearest airport is Agra at a distance of 56 km. From Agra, daily flights are available for Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Lucknow.
Bharatpur is well connected by regular rail services with several cities on Delhi-Mumbai trunk route, including Jaipur and Agra.
A good network of bus services connects Bharatpur with Delhi, Jaipur and other major cities in north and western India.