out of the erstwhile Mewat region, the exotic town of Bharatpur serves as
the eastern gateway to the state of Rajasthan. Chivalry and romance have
been a part and parcel of the state. And Bharatpur is no exception. The town
was established by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 AD and along with Deeg and
Dholepur played a crucial role in shaping the history of Rajasthan.
Climate & Best Time
The town of Bharatpur lies on the fringes of the Thar Desert. Summers
extend from April to June. During this period, temperature ranges between 38
degrees and 45 degrees centigrade. With the onset of monsoons during July,
temperature lowers to around 27 degrees centigrade. Rainfalls continue till
August. Winters, from October to March, are cold with the minimum
temperature showing 10 degrees centigrade.
Places to Visit
Though the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is the biggest attraction at Bharatpur,
you have other interesting sites to visit as well. Famous sites to explore
in and around the town are as follows.
» Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Comprising of forests, grasslands and shallow lakes, the sanctuary covers
an area of around 29 sq km. This erstwhile shooting preserve of the
Bharatpur royalty, it was given the distinction of being a bird sanctuary in
1956. In the year 1982, it was declared a national park.
» Bharatpur Government Museum
palatial building belonging to the erstwhile Kachahari clan was turned into
a museum in 1944 AD. Here, you can observe a fascinating collection of the
Bharatpur royalty and other artifacts from the nearby areas.
» Lohargarh Fort
The Jat rulers of Bharatpur have been known for their chivalric deeds. And
the Lohargarh Fort stands in commemoration of these rulers. Kishori Mahal,
Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas are worth seeing here.
» Deeg Palace
The palace stands at a distance of 32 km from the town of Bharatpur. It
served as the summer resort of the Bharatpur royalty. You would like to see
the beautiful palaces and gardens that it houses.
For wildlife lovers, Bharatpur offers well-kept jungle lodges. Besides,
there are a number of hotels ranging from heritage to budget category.
Famous wildlife resorts include Bharatpur Forest Lodge, the Bagh Resort and
Birder's Inn. Chandra Mahal Haveli and Kadamb Kunj are popular heritage
hotels in the town. You have budget hotels like the Park, Hotel Sun Bird,
Sangam Hotel etc.
The closest civil airport to Bharatpur is the Kheria Airport of Agra. The
airport has regular flights to places like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and
Lucknow. Situated on the main Delhi Mumbai railway track, Bharatpur
has frequent trains to Mathura, Sawai Madhopur, Kota and Agra. The road
routes of Bharatpur link it with Delhi (184 km), Jaipur (176 km), Agra (55
km), Fatehpur Sikri (22 km), Mathura (39 km) and Alwar (117 km).