Bharatpur, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is culturally rich and was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD whose dynasty traces its history to the 11th century. Bharatpur, situated approximately 220 km from Delhi, is often referred to as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan.
Famous Places in Bharatpur
Bharatpur is a place of architectural wonders featuring quite a number of outstanding attractions. The Lohagarh Fort arguably makes it as the most popular as it is a unique iron fort, one of its kind in the whole of India.
Though there are a number of tourist attractions, Bharatpur is world renowned as the home of Keoladeo National Park. Popularly known as Bharatpur bird Sanctuary, the park is an Ornithologist’s haven, an outstanding bird refuge that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to do While in Bharatpur
Bird Watching: For the bird lovers, this is definitely the place to be. Keoladeo National Park boasts over 400 species of both indigenous and migratory birds, including the rare and elegant Siberian cranes that thrive in the favorable conditions found here.
Cycling through the park: In order to preserve the tranquil nature of the park, vehicles are restricted in Keoladeo National Park, giving one the opportunity to cycle and enjoy nature in silence. Bicycles can be rented at the gate entrance.
Festivals and Fairs
Bharatpur has a colorful culture, the splendor of which can be best seen during festivals and fairs which include:
Jaswant Exhibition: held in the month of September–October.
Gangaur Festival: held in March–April.
Teej festival: held in July–August.
Places to Visit
While in Bharatpur, your visit won’t be complete without making a stop at the following places:
Lohagarh Fort: Apart from its uniqueness, the Bharatpur Museum is also located here and it contains a wealth of archaeological artifacts on the Bharatpur state.
Banke Bihari Temple
Arabic Institute Tonk
Food Outlets and Hotels
Bharatpur offers a wide variety of delicacies and one is totally spoilt for choice. The following are great select venues to cap you tour of Bharatpur:
Laxmi Vilas Palace is a world class hotel where both vegetarians and non-vegetarians can enjoy sumptuous delicacies.
Rania Multi-Cuisine Restaurant to enjoy wholesome Rajasthani and Tandoori dishes, by the poolside or rooftop.
Udai Vilas Palace for a variety of Continental, Indian and Chinese dishes.
The three Palaces mentioned above have great accommodation facilities.
Local, small restaurants too offer great meals, especially snacks.