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Bharatpur Tourism

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The historical land of Rajasthan is a home to numerous sites, each one of which has a different history to share with varying significance. Among all these places, Bharatpur, the 'gateway to eastern Rajasthan' acquires its own importance in the tourist map of India.

A Date With The Past
A major tourist destination in the Indian map today, Bharatpur has gone through several stages since the 5th century BCE. Named after Bharat, the younger brother of the Hindu deity Rama, Bharatpur was earlier a part of the Matsya kingdom, and saw several rulers ruling over it till the 18th century CE. In the year 1733, the small area of Bharatpur was formally founded by the Maharaja Suraj Mahl, who captured the fort of Bharatpur from Khemkaran, the rival chief, whom he killed and laid the foundation of Bharatpur City. It was Maharaja Suraj Mahl who pampered the city by developing it and constructing numerous palaces, gardens and temples in and around it, and the city kept on it dignity under the British rule as well. However, after the Indian independence in 1947, the government of India also protected it as the home to the Bharatpur sanctuary.

Must See in Bharatpur
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : The 18th century Bharatpur Bird Sancttuary, which is also known as the Keoladeo Ghana National park, is famous as the most important bird breeding and feeding habitat of the world. The park also shelters the rare species of the migratory birds along with its permanent residents, and the species like Siberian Cranes, Storks, Moorhens, Herons, Egrets and Cormorants are among a few to name. Besides these birds, the sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar.

Other Attractions
Lohagarh : Also known as the Iron fort, Lohagarh is one of the major historical attractions of Bharatpur. The fort, which was built by Maharaja Suraj Mahl in the 18th century CE, comprises small palaces inside, which though in ruins, symbolises the magnificent work of art carried on by the Indian architects. Besides the Ashtadhatu gate serving as the entrance of the fort, the fort has two standing towers, Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj, which commemorates the strength of the fort and bravery of the Rajputs shown during frequent attacks by the Mughals and the British.

Bharatpur Museum : One of the major attractions of Bharatpur after the famous sanctuary, the Bharatpur museum is a major source to have a date with the past royal glory of the place. The museum, which lies in the former meeting hall or 'durbar' of the Maharaja(ruler), displays well preserved sculptures dating back to as old as 2nd century CE, wall paintings, weaponry and old photographs of the royal family. However, the most treasured artifacts in the museum are the 7th century carving of the Hindu deity Shiva and His wife, Goddess Parvati, and a 10th century fine carving of the God Shiva in the form of 'Nataraja' - a cosmic dancer. Painted Stork at NestNehru Park : A beautiful garden, the Nehru Park, lies close to the Bharatpur museum. The park, full of colourful flowers and green grass lawn, attracts the visitors with its exquisite beauty.

Deeg Palace : Located 32 kilometers away of Bharatpur, the Deeg Palace is a strong and massive fort, which acted as the summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur. Now also it houses numerous beautiful palaces and gardens, which make it an ideal place to visit. Ganga Temple : Dedicated in the honour of the Goddess Ganga, the Ganga temple was built during the reigns of Maharaja Balwant Singh and his successor, Maharaja Brijendra Singh in the 19th-20th centuries. The two storied temple made of sandstone, comprises ornately carved arches and black and white floor and is still venerated by the Hindus of the area. Best Months to Visit The best time to visit Bharatpur is during the months of October, November, February and March. Travelling in The City One can take up several means of transportation like taxis, cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws to move from one place to another in Bharatpur.

How to Get There
By Air : The nearest airport is at Agra(56 km), which is a domestic airport and directly connected to cities like Delhi and Jaipur.

By Rail : Bharatpur, which lies on the Delhi-Mumbai broad gauge trunk route line, is well connected with frequent and regular rail services with Delhi, Agra, Mathura, Jaipur and Kota.

By Road : A good network of roads connect Bharatpur to other major destinations such as Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Sariska by regular and frequent bus and taxi services.

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