Bharatpur is an Indian city in eastern Rajasthan. At its hub is the 18th century Lohagarh Fort, bounded by a moat. Inside the fort is the “Government Museum”, which display artifact of local rajas. Just south, imprinted statues of Hindu gods fill the sandstone Laxman Mandir temples and Ganga Mandir. South of the city, “Keoladeo National Park” is a major bird sanctuary with hundreds of species.
The history of Bharatpur dates back to 5th century BC, when the Matsya kingdom flourished here. The Matsyas were allies of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. Legends state that the origin of the name Bharatpur is traced to Bharat, younger brother of Lord Ram. Laxman, the other brother, was given the most important position as that of the relations deity of the ruling family of Bharatpur. His name also appear in the state seals and coat of arms.
Best places to visit in Bharatpur
- Keoladeo National Park
- Ganga Temple
- Lohagarh Fort
- Government Museum Bharatpur
- Keoladeo Shiva temple
- Bankebihari Temple
- Rope Castle Adventure Park
- Laxman Temple
- Ganga Maharani Temple
Keoladeo National Park
Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Keoladeo National Park formerly calledd as the “Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary” in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a popular avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially all through the winter season. Over 230 class of birds are famous to be resident. It is also a main tourists centre with score of ornithologists visiting here in the hibernal period. It is also a World Heritage Site. It was announced a protected sanctuary in 1971.
One of the most attractive temples of Bharatpur, the “Ganga Mandir” is considered to be a huge architectural section and owing to its central place within the city many tourists are able to be grateful for its beauty. It is devoted to Goddess Ganga and is a stunning blend of Mughal, Rajputana and South Indian architecture. The pillars and walls have intricate carvings, this temple is absolutely worth a watch.
Lohagarh Fort which is the Iron fort is located at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. It was construct by “Bharatpur Jat” rulers. Maharaja Suraj Mal used all his wealth and power to a good cause, built several palaces and forts across his monarchy, one of them being the Lohagarh Fort which was one of the strongest ever build in Indian history. The hard to find Lohagarh fort could survive repetitive attack of British forces led by “Lord Lake in 1805” when they laid blockade for over six week.
There are two “Laxman Temples” in the heart of the city, one of them is almost 4 centuries old and the other, about 300 years old was made by the founder of Bharatpur, “Maharaja Baldev Singh”. It is wonderfully made of marble and sandstone. Both these temples are easy to reach arrive from anyplace in the city by tonga orcycle rickshaw.
Best time to visit Bharatpur
“November to February” are the best months to visit Bharatpur not only because of the climate conditions but also because this is the time when most wandering birds arrive in this area. Birds start leaving mid of February beyond and you might fail to see on a group of them if you don’t arrive “Bharatpur” within these four months.
How to reach Bharatpur
By Air :There are no daily flights from other main cities of the country to Bharatpur. The nearest airport is Kheria Airport. The nearest airport is “Kheria Airport” at a distance 49 km away from the Bharatpur, located at Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The other nearest airport is “Gwalior Airport” at a distance 130 kms away from the Bharatpur, located at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
By Train : Bharatpur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.The nearest railway station of Bharatpur is “Bharatpur Junction(BTE)”.
By Road : You can easily get regular buses to Bharatpur from other major cities of the country. The nearest bus station situated at “Bharpar, Bharatpur”.