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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular attractions in and around Bharatpur?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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The fascinating city of Bharatpur is endowed with immense natural beauty and a rich and diverse flora and fauna. Won’t you like to explore the contours of this amazing place and what all surrounds it? If you answer in affirmative, then continue reading.

  • Lohgarh 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 magnificent fort affirmatively stood to its name four times before it finally fell to Lord Lake in 1804. Lohgarh Fort, which is surrounded allover by a moat majorly consists of three palaces within its grand premises- Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas. It also constitutes the two towers- Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj. They were actually erected to commemorate the glorious victory over the Mughals and the British.

    The Ashtadhatu (eight-metal) gateway has paintings of huge elephants. The monument is one of the strongest buildings ever constructed in India. The massive building houses a State Archaeological Museum which has historical and cultural artefacts, sculptures, paintings, religious statues, etc. The Art Gallery specifically has historical portraits and armoury. Also, those looking to relax and chat in the open must visit the Nehru Park, which is located between the museum and the main entrance.
    The monument remains open from 10 am to 4.30 pm every days except Monday.
  • The Bharatpur Palace

    A royal amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles, the beautiful Bharatpur Palace features some magnificent apartments along with some intricately designed floor tiles that heighten the beauty of this glorious edifice. The palace 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.

    The museum on the whole occupies the central wing displaying collections dating back to the 2nd century which demonstrates the art and skill of the region.
  • Keoladeo National Park

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, this erstwhile royal duck hunting ground for the rulers of the beautiful Bharatpur, is at present home to more than around 400 species of water birds. Being one of the finest sanctuaries dedicated to birds in Asia, this one promises displays of some of the exotic migratory birds from Central Asia, Afghanistan and Tibet along with Siberian cranes belonging to the Arctic, exotic grey leg geese all the way from Siberia and the unique bareheaded geese from China along with a large number of spoonbills, storks, cormorants, herons, egrets, pelicans, grey herons and Ebis 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. You should have at least two trips to the park-one trip early in the morning and another one in the evening. However, a gentle reminder, the variety of animals and birds you will get to see in these trips will vary.

    The park can be visited using any one of the following modes of transport: hire bicycle, hire a rickshaw (where the rickshaw puller will double up as guide), ride a tonga or ride the electric car to add charm to your trip. The amazing experience would be to ride a bicycle here. These are available at the park gate for INR 25 per trip. Rickshaws will cost you INR 50 per hour. A typical trip will be of at least 4 hours. You can have a glimpse of the famed
    Saras crane in this beautiful park. The wetlands in this park have been attracting large varieties of migratory birds for centuries. The Keoladeo national park also has a good number of animals like spotted deer, nilgais, sambhar deer, rabbits, jackals, etc though no big carnivores.

    Approved tourist guides for the National Park can be hired from- The Asstt. Director, Tourist Reception Centre,
    Hotel Saras (RTDC), Tel: +91-5644-222542 •Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Rest House. Tel: +91-5644- 222777. The Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden can also be contacted for Conducted Bus tours. For more Information, you can contact Tourist Office RTDC Tourist Reception Centre, Agra Road, Bharatpur Tel: +91-5644-222542, or you can contact Rajasthan Tourist Reception Centre, Bikaner House, Pandara Road, New Delhi Tel: +91-11-23389525, 23383837
  • Ganga Mandir

    The mandir was built by Maharaja Balwant Singh in 1845 from a month’s donation of all persons employed in the state service. Ganga Mandir is one of the finest temples in the region. The structure is famous for its art-work which is exquisitely done on red stone.
  • Deeg Palace

    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 overlooking the Gopal Sagar is an amazing exploration.

    A black marble throne installed on a pedestal in the form of a swing is another attraction of the bhawan. Other attractions of the palace include the Kishan Bhawan –a large water reservoir which feeds the fountains spread across the palace gardens; the Suraj Bhavan, the Nand Bhawan and the Purana Bhawan.
    The monument is open from 9am to 5pm except on Fridays.
  • Kaman Palace

    The 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.

Well, that’s quite a lot to keep you occupied on your trip to Bharatpur. You sure do agree with us now, don’t you?

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