Often referred as the 'Eastern Gate of Rajasthan', Bharatpur is located in the Braj region of state Rajasthan. The city is drenched by its culture, chivalry and romance woven into ballads and folklore can be heard from miles. An exotic offbeat destination that serves tourists with authentic Rajasthani traditions, religious occasions mark devotion of the state people. Also known as Lohagarh, it is a part of the golden tourism triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, this place attracts a considerable number of national and international tourist every year. It is also the home of Keoladeo National Park, which habitats over 370 species of animals and birds. It is recognised as one of the most popular birds feeding and breeding grounds. In 1982 the park was marked as a National Park, and later in 1985, it came on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The Bharatpur National Park, better known as Keoladeo National Park, is a beautiful bird sanctuary. Named after the Keoladeo temple located in its enclosure, the place was set up as a national park on 10th March 1982. It is a wetland, made and managed to protect the Bharatpur region from frequent floods. Declared a World Heritage Site of UNESCO, this national park is home to over 230 different species of birds, over 200 different species of various amphibians and reptiles like fish, turtles, snakes, lizards, etcetera and over 350 floral species can be found here. This National Park, locally known as Ghana, has been a winter home for the Siberian Crane; a species on the verge of extinction (considered an endangered bird today). 5km away from the Bharatpur Junction (railway station) and approximately 192km from Delhi by car (a 1 day journey).
I went to Bharatpur in January. The best time to visit the national park is in the morning. We left at 7am and were able to see a lot of birds. Since the national park is widely spread, take a bicycle or a rickshaw for the tour. The rickshaw pullers act as perfect guides for a mere pittance. If you are a student, carry your ID card to get discount.
- Bharatpur is just amazing. Go sometime between Nov-Feb and you will be just amazed to see so many kind of birds in such huge numbers).
- Bharatpur, especially between Nov-Febb season is just amazing. The variety of bird species, their quantity is mindblowing. Take a few walk or cycle rickshaw and ask the rickshaw-wala to tell you about the birds (for additional guide charges). Spend an entire day from 6am to 3pm for a complete experience.
A beautiful confluence of wildlife and history.
Congested in peak seasons. Not easily accessible.
Ideal for wildlife lovers. Suitable for backpackers from places like Jaipur, Agra, Delhi etc.
Bharatpur is a sweet, natural abode situated in the Braj region of the state of Rajasthan. Ruled once by a myriad of rulers, from Jats to Nizams, to the British imperialists, Bharatpur has its own regal history, enshrined in places such as Lohagarh Fort. However, what Bharatpur is most famous for is the Keoladeo Ghana National Wildlife Sanctuary, which sports a huge collection of rare flora and fauna, which might be not found in every part of the world. So next time, if you want a slice of both history and wildlife, do visit Bharatpur.
Day 1 - Reach Bharatpur, preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll on the city side, particularly in the local markets, where you can buy the famous handicrafts and Rajasthani lac and sarees. Silver is also cheap here. Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the Keoladeo Ghana National Wildlife Sanctuary, which in the southern region of the Bharatpur town. Day 3 - The final day can start with blessings from Lakshman Mandir or Banke Bihari Mandir. Thereon, you can proceed to the glorious Bharatpur or Lohagarh Fort, which houses some of the rarest collections of Western India's history.
The food here does not really stand out in terms of uniqueness or a vibrant food culture. Yet, the place will offer you simple and popular Rajasthani as well as North-Indian snacks and preparations. One can flatter their appetite with Pyaaz Kachori, Mawa Kachori, Aloo ki subzi and more. Also, most restaurants here close by 10:30 PM and hence might need you to schedule your dinner plans accordingly.
To explore Bharatpur in a satisfying manner, one would require about 2-3 days. The Keoladeo Sanctuary is breathtakingly beautiful and you can watch bird species like Siberian crane,greater spotted eagle, Indian shag, ruff, painted stork and white spoonbill here. Several species of deer, monkeys and small carnivores are also found here.