"Bharatpur, a land of beauty, a land of art, the city has some visuals and stories which has a capability to book a special space in your heart."
Bharatpur is a city very rich in history. The history of this land dates back to 5th Century BC. In fact, the name Bharatpur actually comes from the name Bharat, the younger brother of lord Rama. Maharaja Suraj Mal, a Jat ruler, was able to win the fort of Bharatpur by defeating the then king Khemkaran. After this huge victory he started to lay down the foundation of this incredible city.
Maharaja Suraj Mal was a very courageous ruler, the only thing he invested most of his time was, increasing the range of his kingdom and he was also very fond of building various forts and palaces, which at that time were considered a symbol of prestige and courage.
Places to visit in Bharatpur
As mentioned, Bharatpur as a piece of land has seen a lot. Which can be clearly seen in its present culture, art forms, monuments etc. One can spot a beautiful blend of spirituality & courage in this beautiful city.
Come lets have a mini visual tour of Bharatpur
Bharatpur Palace & Museum - One of the prime spots to visit in Bharatpur, one can witness a beautiful blend of Rajput and Mughal style of Architecture when visited Bharatpur Palace. The palace serves as an amazing reflection of the rich culture, heritage & art the state of Rajasthan is known for. Each and every ruler who once sat on the throne of Bharatpur had contributed his bit in the overall look and feel of the palace. One can see a beautiful work of few of the most talented craftsmen, when observed the beautifully patterned floors and amazingly decorated walls of the palace, carefully. The palace contains a museum which is also known as Kamra Khas, the museum is home to over 581 stone sculptures, 861 beautiful pieces of local art and also few scriptures that talk a lot about the rich history & culture of Bharatpur.
Lohagarh Fort - Built in the 18th Century, by a Jat Ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal, the founder of Bharatpur, Lohagarh is considered to be the strongest fort in India. Even after a siege of 6 continuous weeks, the British were not able to conquer the fort, which earned the fort the name it deserved, Iron fort. The two towers built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the fort is the perfect example to understand how he celebrated his victories, the Jawahar Burj was built to celebrate his victory over Mughals and the Fateh Burj was built to celebrate his victory against the British. Even the gates of the forts are unique in itself. The one in the north is known as Ashtdhaatu Gate, meaning eight metalled gate &Chowburja Gate, meaning four pillared gate.
Ganga Mandir - Resting in the heart of the Bharatpur city, Ganga temple is a beautiful piece of architecture worth visiting. The construction of the temple was started by Maharaja Balwant Singh in the mid-19thcentury, which took 9 decades to complete, during completion of the construction the Maharaja in power was MaharajaBrijenra Singh, who placed a beautiful statute of Goddess Ganga in the temple, from that day onwards, the temple came to be known as the Ganga Mandir/Ganga Temple. One stepped inside this two storeyed temple, one can witness a beautiful blend of South Indian, Rajput & Mughal type of Architecture.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park - Initially known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, is a beautiful national park of India, spread across an area of around 29 KM2. During winters the park acts as a host to more than 230 species of different migratory birds. This given span of time, is not less than a heaven for all the individuals who have some special place for birds and their beauty in their heart. The park is also home to few of the rare and beautiful species like Nilgai, basking python, painted storks, deer etc.
Best Time to Visit Bharatpur
It’s good to visit Bharatpur when it’s in full lively mode, this mode can be seen during the winter season which ranges between October to March.
How to Reach Bharatpur
By Air - Agra has the nearest airport, which is at a distance of 56 Kms from Bharatpur.
By Road - Bharatpur is well connected with all the major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Agra etc. via roads. One can also opt for state or private bus services if needed.
By Rail - Bharatpur Station is well connected with all the major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Agra etc.