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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places to explore around Bharatpur?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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Exploring Bharatpur wouldn’t take you more than a few hours, so once you’ve had your fill of the birds, wildlife and temples in the area; you can easily venture out further and check out the other nearby places. Here’s our compilation of the nearby places worth visiting.

  • Deeg

    About 32 kilometres from Bharatpur, Deeg is a small city which houses the famous Deeg Fort. Apart from that there are many beautifully laid out gardens, palatial ruins and a vibrant market. It was the first capital of the state of Bharatpur during the 18th century when the Jats were in power. The Deeg Fort was built during the reign of Maharaja Suraj Mal during the 18th century. The fort stands over a slight elevation and is surrounded by impressive moats, ramparts and gateways. The well preserved Deeg Palace makes for an idyllic retreat with its sparkling fountains, beautiful gardens, and very interesting buildings. Due to its scenic beauty, gardens, forts and palaces, Deeg has been picturised in many movies. The city plays host to a 3-day fair which has increased its popularity in the recent months. Sawan Bhadon is one of the famous palaces of the city, which is known for its hollow roof filled with iron balls which collide with each other one water is released into the ceiling, making sounds similar to rain and thunder.
  • Agra

    Sitting on the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra is just 55 kilometres away from Bharatpur. Famous for its UNESCO World Heritage sites - like the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, the city has always attracted tourists all over the world. Apart from these, Agra has many other reminders from its days of being a capital of the Mughal Empire, in the form of Mughal architectures, lakes and tombs which are scattered around the city. Try the horse driven carriages (Tongas) which still run in the city, for a vintage experience. A 10 day arts and crafts festival is held in the months of February/ March, commonly known as the Taj Festival. Apart from various gardens, temples and mosques, Agra also boasts of housing the world’s first interactive theatre - Adlabs Multiplex.
  • Mathura

    There are two things that Mathura is famous for - the Krishna Janmasthal (the land where Lord Krishna was born) and Mathura ke Pedhe (Mathura’s famous trademark sweetmeat). It is just 40 kilometres away from Bharatpur. Mathura is one of the 7 holy cities in the Hindu Mythology. You will feel the spirituality in the air, once you step into this place. The history of this city goes so far back, that it has found a mention in the oldest Indian epic - The Ramayana. There are as many as 25 picturesque Ghats, arched gateways and temple spires running along the banks of the Yamuna River. This line of Ghats that run continuously along the river looks very pretty when viewed from the opposite bank. Major tourist attractions include the Keshav Dev Temple, The Dwarkadheesh Temple, The Mathura museum, Iskcon temple and the Birla Mandir. Vrindavan is the nearby twin city of Mathura, and a popular tourist spot, owing to its status of being home to Lord Krishna, who is believed to have spent his youth here.
  • Jaipur

    About 181 kilometres away from Bharatpur, this capital city is the most natural place to begin the discovery of Rajasthan. With its myriad colours, colourful festivals, ancient palaces, forts and a flourishing art and craft industry Jaipur truly has a regal air about it. Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar, planned the city architecture based on the principles of Vastu Shastra. The city was divided into nine blocks, two of which consist of palaces and state buildings; and the remaining seven are allotted to the public. In 1876, to welcome the then Prince of Wales, the city was freshly painted in pink to match the sandstone they were made of. Since then, Jaipur has been referred to as the Pink City. Though the pink city is not very pink anymore, certain older section of the city has maintained the uniform pinkness, which gives you an idea about its aura in the past. The heritage hotels present a wonderful opportunity to travellers to experience the architectural heritage from closed quarters. Besides history and heritage, Jaipur is an exciting shopping destination and those who want a bird’s eye view of the city, can opt for hot air balloon rides.

All the first three destinations can be easily covered together in 2 days. The capital city of Jaipur has much more to offer, so it will take a much longer time to visit. Spending less than two days here will not do this place any justice. So make up your mind, pack your travelling gear and set off on a new journey to discover something more of the Incredible India.

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