Bharatpur is a wonderful place to spend a leisurely weekend. Its setting makes it an ideal place to indulge in nature and relish some astonishing wildlife. Founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD, it once used to be an impregnable well bastioned city. Bharatpur narrates some important chapters of Rajasthan’s history and remains a popular attraction among history buffs.
A beautiful escape amidst abundance of nature, the Bharatpur bird Sanctuary is a perfect spot for a day outing. Initially built to protect the city from flood water, this park today boasts over 350 species of birds apart from a wide range of reptiles. It acquired the World Heritage status in the year 1985 which added to its popularity.
The Government Museum of Bharatpur is located inside the significant Lohagarh Fort. The museum perfectly exhibits artefacts from the ruling times of Maharaja Balwant Singh. It also houses a Public Library which was built under the patronage of H.H Maharaja Sawai Brijendra Singh. The diverse compilation of sculptures, inscriptions, coins, arms and weapons and decorative art objects of the museum are worth exploring.
This fort standing high with great pride was built by Raga Suraj Mal. Nestling with impressive moats, armpits and gateways, Deeg Fort creates a magic with its intricate interiors which are almost in ruins now. However, the watch tower of the fort still stands high, offering great views of the city.
Known as the Lohagarh Fort, the majestic Iron Fort has stood against many British attacks. What makes it stand apart from rest of the forts and palaces is its aura that oozes strength and magnificence. The fort is surrounded by moat which used to be filled with water to keep the enemy at bay. Some of the must see attractions of the fort include Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas.
The closest airport to Bharatpur is in Agra. Those visiting the city from Delhi can take private car or bus services to cover the distance of 184 km. Bharatpur is also well connected by rail with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra.
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