Popular for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the city of Bharatpur is located in the region of Mewat. Also known as the “Eastern gateway to Rajasthan” and “Lohagarh”, Bharatpur is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Bharatpur was ruled by an indo-sythian tribe from the Sinsinwar clan, who migrated to India during AD 100. One of the most famous destinations of the Golden Triangle Circuit, Bharatpur attracts a lot of national & international tourists.
The people of Bharatpur hail from different communities, and the main communities found here are the Jats, Bhramans, Vaishya, Gujjars, and the Rajputs. The region was ruled by the Sinsinwar jats, and Britishers were never able to ruler this region, owing to which this region was known as ‘Lohagarh’. Due to its proximity with the region of Mathura, the people of Bharatpur mostly speak and understand brij dialect.
|Delhi 251 Kms.||Agra 056 Kms.||Ajmer 313 Kms.|
|Alwar 116 Kms.||Bharatpur 70.||Jaipur 176 Kms.|
|Jaisalmer 828 Kms.||Jodhpur 478 Kms.||Mt. Abu 707 Kms|
|Ranthambhore 302 Kms.|
The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary is a famous bird sanctuary spread over an area of 29 sq. km. The marshy land is home a great variety of bird species like egrets, cormorants, darters, sarus crane, grey herons, rosy headed pelican, siberian crane, and others. Moreover, some of the other fauna species including spotted deer, sambar, nilgai, wild boar, python and porcupine. The sanctuary is a listed World Heritage site with a great appeal to its name.
Constructed by one of the jat rulers of Bharatpur, Maharaja Suraj Mal, the Lohagarh fort is one of the strongest forts in Indian history. Being inaccessible, the fort withstood the repeated attacks of the Britishers, who were never able to siege the fort; hence it was given the name Lohagarh fort- meaning Iron Fort. There fort can be accessed via two gates- Ashtdhaatu (eight metalled) in the north and Chowburja (four-pillared) in the south. The fort complex comprises many monuments including the Kishori Mahal, Kothi Khas, and Mahal Khas. Moreover, the like Fateh Burj and Jawahar Burj and Moti Mahal were erected to honor the victory of the Mughal and British army. The gateway of at the fort is adorned with beautiful paintings huge elephants in various postures. The fort creates an aura of strength and magnificence and is a prime attraction of Bharatpur.
The Bharatpur Palace is an intricate fusion of the Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. The wonderful palace with magnificent apartments decorated with patterned floor tiles and intricate designs exhibits the amazing legacy of the history of Rajasthan. The central wing of the palace houses a museum showcasing an amazing collection of the ancient inscriptions, beautiful sculptures, and other amazing works of Rajasthani art.
Located within the hearts of the Lohagarh fort, the Government Museum Bharatpur is a famous attraction to visit bin Bharatpur. Transformed into a museum in the year 1944 AD, the museum houses an art gallery featuring the miniature paintings on peepal leaves, mica and old litho papers. The museum also showcases stone sculptures, terracotta items, inscriptions, coins, metallic objects, weapons, and local art & craft of the state. A look at the collection will give you an idea of the state’s rich heritage and art & craft.
The Laxman Mandir at Bharatpur is dedicated to Laxman-the brother of Hindu Lord Ram. It is believed that the temple was built around 400 years ago by a Naaga baba for humanitarian cause and is now being maintained by the descendants of the saint. The temple enshrines the idols of Lord Laxman and his consort Urmila. The other idols worshipped here comprise Hanuman, Shatrughan, Bharat, and Lord Ram.
The Ganga Mandir was established in the year 1845 by Maharaja Balwant Singh. It is believed that the construction of the temple was unique, which saw contribution from the state employees as well as the locals. Built in a total of 9 decades, the temple worships goddess Ganga as the prime deity and hence got its name from the same.
Deeg is a town in Bharatpur, which is described in the Hindu mythology. It is believed to be the land where Lord Krishna stopped when the Lord started his parikrama from Goverdhan. The city of Deeg served as the capital of the city of Bharatpur under the reign of Badan Singh in the year 1722. It was during the rule of Maharaja Suraj Mal that Bharatpur was declared the new capital and Deeg became the second capital. The Deeg fort comprising the Deeg Palace is an important attraction of the region.