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Bharatpur Tour (Rajasthan)
(3 Days / 2 Nights)
(Jaipur-Bharatpur-Jaipur)

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Day 01: Jaipur - Bharatpur (about 181 km)

Arrival at Jaipur airport or railway station. After arrival in Jaipur drive to Bharatpur.

 
Day 02: Bharatpur
Today we will visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Lohagarh Fort.
 
Day 03: Bharatpur - Jaipur (about 181 km)
After having breakfast drive to Jaipur. In the evening transfer to the airport or railway station
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  Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary     Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary   Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary      Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur
 

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BHARATPUR
Once the capital of the former Bharatpur State, Bharatpur is famous for its historic fort and bird sanctuary. It is easily accessible by road from Agra (51 km. or 32 miles), Mathura (35 km. or 22 miles) Delhi (185 km. or 115 miles) and Jaipur (185 km. or 115 miles). It is 1,207 km. (750 miles) from Bombay on the broad gauge line of the Western Railway and is also connected with Jaipur 188 km. (117 miles) by the metre-gauge line of the same railway.

The town of Bharatpur was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the thirties of the eighteent century. The principal attraction here is the fort which is remarkable for the ingenious design of its fortification which proved impregnable against repeated attacks. Two huge mud walls, one round the other, separated by formidable moats, 46 m. (150 ft.) to 61 m. (200 ft.) broad and 15 m. (50 ft.) deep, afforded protection to the garrison and the people inside the solid masonry fort surrounded by another deep ditch filled with water. Cannon balls fired by the enemy got stuck into the mud walls without causing damage to the masonry fort inside. The perimeter of the outermost mud wall, now completely razed to the ground, was 11 km. (7 miles). The second mud wall is almost in ruins. The moats were filled with water from the Kohini Bund nearby.

The fort has eight bastions and two gates, the one in the north called Ashtadhati and the other to the south, Lohia Gate. The first gate was brought by Maharaja Jawahar Singh from Delhi, where it was taken by Ala-ud-Din Khilji from Chittor. The second was also brought by him in 1764 from the Red Fort in Delhi.


Jawahar Burj, erected in 1765 in honour of Maharaja Jawahar Singh’s successful assault on the city of Delhi, is the most important tower in the fort. The coronation ceremony of the rulers of Bharatpur used to take place in this Burj, on one side of which is an iron pillar inscribed with the genealogy of the Jat rulers. Fateh Burj, the other prominent tower on the outer ramparts of the fort, commemorates the repulse of British attacks on Bharatpur in 1805.

Inside the fort are the old palaces of the rulers, the most prominent of them being Mahal Khas, Kothi Khas and Kishori Mahal. The museum, located in a portion of the palace, contains sculptures, inscriptions and other exhibits bearing on the art and culture of the region. An armoury is also attached to the museum.


KEOLADEO GHANA BIRD SANCTUARY
About 5 km. (3 miles) south-east of Bharatpur is Keoladeo Ghana, the fascinating bird sanctuary of Rajasthan, also famous for its duck shootine. It is regarded as the ornithologist’s paradise. A water-bird sanctuary, Ghana occupies an area of about 31 sq. km. (12 sq. miles) with 2,832 ha. (7,000 acres) under water. The sanctuary is divided into several sections by cross roads and bunds which abound in medium-size shrubs and tress providing excellent hide-outs for watching and photographing birds from the closest rangs.

The sanctuary is the breeding place and winter resort of countless migratory and non-migratory birds. Among the birds commonly to be seen are: painted storks, open-billed storks, egrets, ibises, cormorants, darters, paddy birds, grey and white herons, white breasted water hens, cranes, numerous fledglings and non-water birds such as bulbuls, barbets and parakeets. In autumn and early winter, flocks of wild duck, geese and pelicans immigrating from Central Asia, Afghanistan and Siberia alight at Ghana for the winter and leave the place by February-March. Apart from the large variety of birds, Ghana also shelters the Indian gazelle, antelope, black buck, cheetal, blue bull, the ferocious wild boar and the panther.

Ghana has special appeal and charm for the bird-watcher and Nature-lover during the monsoon months, July to October, when the entire place becomes a vast heronry.
 

DEEG
Thirty-five kilometres (22 miles) north of Bharatpur, and about the same distance from Mathura, lies Deeg, renowned for its fort and palaces, sumptuously laid out beautiful gardens, tanks and fountains. Work on the palaces was started by Maharaja Badan Singh and continued by Maharaja Suraj mal and Maharaja Jawahar Singh. Built of cream-coloured sandstone and marble, the elegant palaces have richly carved columns, cornices, brackets, eaves and kioska arranged with perfect regularity. They have about them an air of mystery and romance. Indeed, for sheer grandeur of conception and beauty of detail, the palaces at Deeg remain un-surpassed in Rajasthan.

Gopal Bhavan, a splendid edifice with spacious halls, is the largest of all the palaces. Built by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the real creator of the Jat kingdom in 1750, it has the famous slabs of black and white marble which were removed by Emperor Jahangir from Allahabad to Delhi. These, as also the marble swing, originally belonging to the Nawabs of Oudh, were brought to Deeg by Maharaja Jawahar Singh. Suraj Bhavan is built of built of marble and ornamented with inlay work in semi-precious stones. Nand Bhavan the big hall of audience, and Machhi Bhavan occupied largely by fountains are among the other highly decorated pavilions.

Accross the eastern tank of the palace rise the colossal walls of the Deeg Fort built by Maharaja Badan Singh. Although the interior consists of only half-ruined buildings, the massive outer walls with 72 bastions surrounded by a moat are in a good state of preservation. The fort played an important role in the turbulent history of North India in the later half of the eighteenth and the early years of the nine-teenth century. On the north-western bastions is a cannon, associated with Ahmed Shah Abdali.

There are several other places of historical, religious and archaeological interest around Bharatpur. Some distance from Kumher, the second capital of the former Bharatpur State, stands the chhatri of Khandeo Rao Holkar. Goverdhan, a famous centre of Hindu pilgrimage, lies astride a narrow range of hills, called the Giriraj, which Lord Krishna is believed to have lifted on his finger in order to save the people of Braj from a thunder-storm. The stately cenotaphs of the ruling house of Bharatpur are located there. The fort of Bayana, a reputed stronghold of the medieval period, is about 46 km. (28 miles) to the south-west of Bharatpur
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Ajmer Government Museum || Ajmer Archaeological Museum || Albert Hall Museum || Alwar Government Museum || Bharatpur Government Museum || Dungarpur Museum || Fateh Prakash Palace Museum || Hawa Mahal Museum || Jaisalmer Folklore Museum || Jaisalmer Government Museum || Jodhpur Government Museum || Kota Government Museum || Kota Archaeological Museum || Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum || Modern Art Gallery || Shilp Gram || Udaipur City Palace Museum || Udaipur Government Museum || Virat Nagar Museum

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 Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary || Darrah Sanctuary || Desert National Park || Jaisamand Sanctuary || Keoladeo Ghana National Park || Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary || Mount Abu Sanctuary || Ranthambore National Park || Sariska National Park || Chambal Sanctuary || Sitamata Sanctuary || Talchappar Sanctuary

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