Travel to Bharatpur

Bharatpur Tourism

Bharatpur travel is one of the high points of the Rajasthan tourist circuit. The place is regarded as a gateway to the western Indian state of Rajasthan. The principal attraction of traveling to Bharatpur is undoubtedly the Keoladeo National Park. The National Park is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. The geographical location of Bharatpur is 27.22° North latitude and 77.48° East longitude.

Maharaja Suraj Mal founded Bharatpur in 1733 AD as a fortified city. Bharatpur was carved out of the region formerly known as Mewat. According to a popular legend, the city got its name from the name Bharat, who was the brother of Lord Rama. Bharat is also known as Laxman in the Indian epic. Laxman was worshiped by the Bharatpur rulers as the family deity. This is evident from the fact that Laxman's name is engraved on the former Princely state's arms and seals.

The visitor on a travel to Bharatpur is presented with a surfeit of transportation options. The Rajasthan city is well linked by the Indian railway network. Bharatpur is an intermediate station in the Delhi to Mumbai line. The nearest airport is located at Agra, which is 50 kilometers distant from Bharatpur. There are regular and scheduled public bus services from all major West Indian cities. The Rajasthan capital city of Jaipur is 117 kilometers away from Bharatpur. Winter is considered to be the best time to visit the place.

The principal attraction of Bharatpur is Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The former name of the park was Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The Keoladeo National Park was initially a Royal hunting ground. The 29 square kilometers area of the park formed a favorite bird hunting place during the British Raj. In 1956, it was declared as a reserve for birds and later was upgraded to a national park. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park not only attracts birds from all over India but also from international places like Europe, China, Siberia and Tibet.

How to Reach Bharatpur

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park or-as many people prefer to call it-the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies between two of India's most historic cities, Agra and Jaipur.It is easy to reach Bharatpur by air, rail or road.

By Air

The nearest airport is Agra, which is about 54 kms from Bharatpur. Agra has daily flights for Delhi, Bombay, Varanasi (via Khajuraho) and Lucknow.

By Train

Bharatpur is on the main Delhi - Bombay line with regular connections to Mathura, Sawai Madhopur and Kota on the same route. It is also connected with Agra.

By Road

Bharatpur is well connected by road with Agra, Mathura, Delhi and Jaipur. Regular bus services operate for all major cities. The road distance to important places from Bharatpur are: Agra 55 kms Fatehpur Sikri 22kms Mathura 39kms Delhi 184 kms Jaipur 176 kms Alwar 117 kms.

Shopping in Bharatpur

Bharatpur is world renowned for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Not obviously a shopping destination, tourists heading for Bharatpur can manage to take home souvenirs and curios typical of India. For shoppers, the ideal place to shop would be the city of Jaipur.

Jaipur is famous for its jewelery made of precious and semi-precious stones. Also known are Jaipur textiles especially the bandhej (tie and dye print), brass work, antiques and marble carvings.

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Last Updated on : September 05, 2013