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The eastern gateway to Rajasthan and a popular halting place on the Golden Triangle, Bharatpur is renowned for its World Heritage listed bird sanctuary. Once the hunting estate of the Maharajas, with daily shoots, recorded upto 4,000 birds, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, is one of the finest bird sanctuaries, with over 360 species, which even non-ornithologists visit.
Well connected with three most important tourist destinations of India, namely Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, it holds an important place in the Indian history.


HISTORY

It holds an important place in Indian history. The Jats have dominated this region from the 17th century, and Suraj Mal has been the greatest ruler, who made them a formidable force. They successfully opposed the Mughals, on more than one occasion and their fort at Bharatpur withstood an attack by the British in 1805 and a long siege in 1825.
This siege eventually led to the signing of the first treaty of friendship between the Indian states of northwest India and the East India Company. Of the remnants of the royal past, remains the marvelous Bharatpur Palace, housing a rich repository of ancient exhibits dating back to the early 15th century.


CULTURE

Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. One of 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. Paintings and carpet weaving are the cultural traditions here.


ENTERTAINMENT

Keoladeo National Park: A Bird Sanctuary, ranked as WORLD'S BEST ONE.


USEFUL INFORMATION

Location :     


Bharatpur lies at the confluence of the Ruparel and Banganga rivers, at an altitude of 250 meters. It is equidistant from both Delhi and Jaipur at 176 km.

Climate :

The summers are very hot and dry and the winters can be very cold and foggy, especially in the early morning.


BHARATPUR SIGHT-SEEING

Keoladeo National Park

One of the finest sanctuaries in the world, inundated with over 400 species of water birds, it is a paradise for avian world. Renowned for its World Heritage listed bird sanctuary, it was once the hunting estate of the Maharajas, with daily shoots recorded upto 4,000 birds. It was also known, as the best duck shooting resort in the British Empire, but was declared a reserve for birds in 1956 and later upgraded to a National Park. The geographical location is ideal, as it is on the main North-South avian route of India. The kingfishers, pelicans, Siberian cranes, open billed storks, painted bill storks, egret, ibis, cormorant, darter or snake bird, spoonbill and the grey herons are some of the exotic species. Plenty of ducks species and predatory birds are attracted towards the park, completing the avian food chain of the ecosystem. Exotic migratory birds come here in July/Aug, to spend the winters in the warmer climate and they breed till Oct/Nov. Vehicles are only permitted unto Shanti Kutir inside the park. The Electra, of the forest department, can be engaged in the sanctuary.

Ranthambore Fort

This small but interesting town is strewn with massive fortifications, stunningly beautiful gardens, magnificent palaces and a colorful bazaar. It is actually more interesting than Bharatpur itself and is an easy day trip, from Agra, Bharatpur and Mathura. Formerly the second capital of Bharatpur, it is the site of a famous battle, in which the Maharajas forces, successfully withstood a combined Mughal and Maratha army of some 80,000 men.

Lohagarh Fort

The Lohagarh or the Iron Fort remained invincible to many British attacks. The massive iron structure, built in the early 18th century, is very different from the other forts in the state, as there is no flamboyance associated with this fort but generates an aura of strength and magnificence. Some interesting monuments in the fort are Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas. The Government Museum within the fort has a rich collection of antiquities, exquisite sculptures and some ancient inscriptions. These are of immense historical value, and the royal lineage as well as the record of local life of the bygone era, can be traced back.







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