Bharatpur is famous for it’s bird sanctuary called Keoladeo Ghana National Park. A network of paths, trails and lagoons, this is the home of hundreds of species of birds. In the winter months from October to March the resident population of birds is enhanced by many species of migratory birds. Bharatpur is a beautiful and peaceful place, enjoyable even for non ornithologists, as motorised vehicles are not allowed, and it is well worth stopping off here for a visit.

To visit the Bird Sanctuary, at the entrance gate you can choose between several different methods to tour the park. Most visitors hire cycle rickshaws at a fixed hourly rate, as the drivers are all specially trained Naturalists with a great knowledge of the birdlife. Bicycles are also available for hire. You can also simply walk on the various smaller trails. At times when there is enough water, you may also be able to take a row boat ride, which helps you to get very close to the aquatic birds and their nesting colonies.

What to see

  1. Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary: It is today one of the most breathtaking water bird sanctuaries in India. The sanctuary is home to more then 300 species of birds and in addition, a large number of migratory birds flock here in July/August.

  2. Lohagarh Fort ( lron Fort): This 18th century fort, built by Raja Suraj Mal is so called because it remained invincible during a number of attacks by the British.

  3. The Palace: A brilliant blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the magnificient apartments within, have patterned floor tiles with exquisite intricate designs.

  4. Government Museum: This Museum within the museum has a rich collection of sculptures and exhibits of the art and culture of the region. (Timings: 1000 hrs to 1600 hrs (Closed on Fridays).

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Agra 54 Km, linked with important cities.

Rail: Bharatpur is on the Mumbai-Delhi sector of Western Railway and is well connected With other cities and towns.

Road: Bharatpur is well connected by good motorable roads with Agra 54 Km, Alwar 117 Km, Deeg 32 Km, Delhi 182 Km, Fatehpur Sikri 22 Km, Jaipur 174 Km, Mathura 36 Km and Sariska 130 Km.

General information

Area: 29 Sq.Km. . Temperature : Summer - Max: 45.0 Deg.C Min: 37 Deg.C. Winte - Max: 31.7 Deg.C Min: 21 Deg.C. Rainfall: 69 Cm. Altitude: 250 Mts
Season: Oct to February. STD Code -. 05644.

Excursions

  1. Fatehpur Sikiri (22 km.) . This deserted city was built by Emperor Akhar in 1560 A.D.

  2. Deegh (34 km): The rulers of Bhratpur built their pleasure palace at Deeg and this 18th century town gained fame as their summer resort. Deeg is renowned for it’s forts, palaces and beautiful Mughal gardens. Gopal Bhawan, the most impressive building overlooks the Gopal Sagar tank and is flanked by two pavilions, ‘Sawan’ and ‘Bhadon’ with curved roofs and ornamental spires. Other important palaces are the Suraj Bbawan built in white marble and the Purana Mahal, one of the oldest buildings. The Deeg Fort stands on a higher level with massive walls and a moat. It has a couple of bastions, some locally cast guns and a haveli mostly in ruins.

  3. Mathura (37 km): This ancient city is associated with the life of lord Krishna.

  4. Agra (55 km): Famous for the world renowned monument the Taj Mahal.