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.
On a daily basis there are approximately 5 flights that operate at Agra Airport.Air India is the popular airline brand that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Bharatpur through train.Bharatpur Jnis one of the most popular train stations in Bharatpur.On an average about 100+ trains pass through Bharatpur on a daily basis.Sawai Madhopur to Bharatpur, Mathura to Bharatpur, Gangapur City to Bharatpurare some of the most popular routes to Bharatpur with 112, 112, 107 trains weekly respectively.
By road Bharatpur is surrounded by Mathura, Vrindavan, Agra which are 22.66 km, 28.0 km, 30.33 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Bharatpur has a total of 28 hotels.There are 28 hotels in Bharatpur with the popular ones being Swaraj Resort, Laxmi Vilas Palace, The Birder's Inn, Laxmi Niwas Palace, The Bagh Bharatpur, Hotel Udai Vilas Palace etc.