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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Bharatpur?

Manavi Kapur DEC 10 2012
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People usually plan a 5 days' itinerary for Bharatpur, which solely focuses on the bird sanctuary, and in doing so, they miss out on the other places to see in Bharatpur. Have a look at this suggested itinerary and see if you can tweak your plans to include the other attractions as well.

  • Day 1
    Try to arrive here as early as possible, preferably before 6:30 am. Bring a packed breakfast or have it in one of the hotels in Bharatpur. Another option is to arrive the night before and check into a hotel. Your first destination will be the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which is home to over 400 species of water birds. Exotic migratory birds from Central Asia, Afghanistan and Tibet along with Siberian cranes from the Arctic make this park their home during the winters. Guides, who have been trained by the Forest Department, can be hired at INR 75 per hour or you can purchase Field Guides sold at the Tourist Reception Centre at the gate. A typical trip will be of at least 4 hours. Make sure you have your binoculars with you and go for the soft soled sneakers. You have to be as quiet as possible.

    Once you are done visiting this park, have a little something to eat from the restaurants present outside the park. The next destination would be the Lohagarh Fort. As the name suggests, this impregnable fort was constructed of iron by the Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal to withstand the onslaughts of the British in the 18th century. The fort surrounded by a moat consists of three palaces within its premises and two towers which were erected to commemorate the victory over the Mughals and the British. The massive fort also houses a State Archaeological Museum which has historical and cultural artefacts, sculptures, paintings, religious statues, etc. The monument remains open from 10 am to 4.30 pm every days except Monday. This shouldn’t take you more than 2 hours.

    After that, you can visit other attractions like the Bharatpur Palace, which was built in various phases by different maharajas. The central part of the Palace features a popular museum that had some very ancient exhibits at display. Ganga Mandir is one of the finest temples in Bharatpur. The structure is famous for its art-work which is exquisitely done on red stone. By the time you are done, it will be time to call it a day. You can either depart for other nearby destinations like Mathura or Agra, or go back to your hotel.
  • Day 2
    If you have stayed back in Bharatpur, you can check out the following places which are a little further away from the Bharatpur main city.

    Just 32 kilometres away from Bharatpur, the well preserved Deeg Palace makes for an idyllic retreat with its sparkling fountains, beautiful gardens, and very interesting buildings like the Bengal Chamber with its red trellis designs and sloping arches. Also, the Gopal Bhawan is a creatively designed building complex that was built in 1760 AD with beautiful gardens at its entrance and the rear that overlooks the Gopal Sagar is an amazing exploration.
    The Kaman palace is situated in the small town of Kaman, about 55 km away from Bharatpur. A sacred place and a place of pilgrimage, Kaman was so named for the numerous Kadhamba Trees that can be found in the area which once formed a part of the Braj area where Lord Krishna spent his early life. Though the palace now lies in ruins, it is a majestic structure with an assemblage of 84 pillars which are called Chourasi Khamaba for obvious reasons.

We hope this itinerary helps you plan your trip better. Come to this avian haven and have a great trip. Bon voyage!

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