Royalty everywhere you look—that’s Bharatpur for you. This city and its synonymous district in Rajasthan was the seat of the Jat kingdom dating back to the 11th century
Grand, solid structures and palaces that have withstood age, weather and time still stand tall and proud today in the city. Apart from these, Bharatpur is also known for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is a wetland and bird sanctuary listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Once known as an impregnable city, Bharatpur has also been christened Lohagarh and the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan. Agriculture is its mainstay as is the local red stone, much of which was used to build Delhi’s Red Fort, the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Steeped in history and culture, Bharatpur is a peek into India’s long line of royalty, war and development. It is undoubtedly worth a visit.The first place you should head to once you reach Bharatpur is the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This used to be a duck-hunting ground for the erstwhile maharajas, but today has found a much kinder avatar as migratory birds from various countries fly in once winter sets in. Other than Siberia, this national park once used to be the only other natural habitat of the Siberian Crane. Covered in dense forest and vegetation, you’ll witness a huge variety of flora and fauna here.Next up should be the many grand palaces such as the Golbagh Palace, the Moti Mahal and the Kishori Mahal, among others. Lohagarh or the Iron Fort is another major tourist attraction in Bharatpur, which is also how the city got its other name. This imposing structure has weathered many wars and attacks, but still stands strong today. There is a museum inside the fort that is worth a visit.Beware of the city’s harsh, dry summer, but if you catch Bharatpur at the right time, just walk around and discover this historical city at your own pace. Much like most other town in India, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are easily available around Bharatpur. Buses are also an option but may not be terribly comfortable. It would be best to hire a car or a jeep, especially if you’re heading to the national park.Keep an eye on your belongings at all times.Look out for signs about keeping a safe distance from the animals at the sanctuary. Some of them can be dangerous
Bharatpur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Agra at a distance of 45kms.
Airports: Agra Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Bharatpur from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Bharatpur Jn