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Fast Facts
District : Bharatpur
Location : Rajasthan East
Distance : 174 kms, East of Jaipur
Attractions : Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Lohargarh Fort, The Palace
Best Time To Visit : September - February

Introducing Bharatpur
Bharatpur, popular as the Eastern Gate of Rajasthan bears a great historical and tourist attraction. Bharatpur lies at the eastern border of the Rajasthan and close to the Uttar Pradesh state. It (Bharatpur) is only 55 kms from the Agra city. The city was founded in the year 1733 A.D., by Maharaja Suraj Mahal. The city at that time was famous as Mewat. The city was protected by impregnable walls and constituted a fortified town. The city, in the 17th century, was dominated by the Jat clan and there influence can still be found in the city. The avian sanctuary that stands situated on its grounds is one of the best in the world.
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Tourist Attractions At Bharatpur
Bharatpur is one of the most frequently visited place in Rajasthan. The city is gifted with a number of tourist attractions. The bird sanctuary rooted here is one reason that tourists travel to this place. Apart from that there are several other historic places worth visiting in the city. These places, with brief description are given below :

Keoladeo Ghana National Park : Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the best of its kind in the sub continent. Spread over 29 sq kms of land area, the sanctuary supports as many as 375 species of birds. Some rare migratory bird species dwell in the park during migratory periods. Many of these birds travel all the way from Siberia and Europe. Some commonly noticed species include Coot Snipes, Spanish Sparrow, Red Crested Porhard, Rosy Pelican and Flamingo. The park is also inhabited by many wild species of mammals and reptiles. Commonly spotted ones are Pythons, Spotted Deer, Sambhars, Blue Bull, Black Buck, Jackals, Otters, Fishing Cats, Monitor Lizards.

Lohagarh Fort : The fort was one impregnable fort that annoyed British more than once. Lohargarh Fort was attacked four times by the British Power towards the end of the medieval era, but all in vain. The fort was finally captured in 1804, the British troops being led by Lord Lake. The fort was known for its incredible strength to withstand the attacks. The fort further houses a number of monuments, including halls and towers of fame.

Government Museum : It is located within the fort complex. This part of the building is called Kamra Khas. The museum exhibits a rich collection of artefacts and sculptures. Also displayed are ancient inscriptions and some historical pieces.

The Palace : Bharatpur Palace is a medley of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The palace was built in various phases and by different Maharajas. The flooring is done with intriactely designed tiles. The palace lies adjacent to the museum.

How To Reach
By Air : The nearest airport for Bharatpur is the one located at Agra. The airport is about 55 kms from the city.

By Rail : Train services are available for the region. One can easily reach the place by boarding a train from Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

By Bus : Both long and short distance bus services are available from different cities, within the state and beyond state.

Places Where You Can Stay
Accommodation is provided by a number of standard and budget hotels. Some known facility providers include :

ITDC Bharatpur Forest Lodge, Hotel Saras, Laxman Niwas Palace, Hotel Paradise, Hotel Sunbird, Pelican Hotel.

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Features : The package gives you more than a fortnights time at some of the best wildlife sanctuaries of India. You will reach Bharatpur, the famous bird sanctuary, in Rajasthan. Other places include Sariska, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Delhi.


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Features : This package gives you some romantic hot spots in the state of Rajasthan and beyond Rajasthan. The tour will take you to the popular city Bharatpur. Other places to be visited are Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Narlai, Jodhpur, Jaiselmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Shekhavati, Delhi.


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Features : Rajasthan Heritage Tour takes you to the popular destinations of the state where the erstwhile Maharajas have set their marks. The tour will also bring you to the Bharatpur - where the famous bird sanctuary is located. The places covered in the tour include Delhi / Mandawa / Bikaner / Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Udaipur / Chittorgarh / Jaipur / Bharatpur / Agra / Delhi.


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