Most famous for its bird sanctuary which entices large number of passionate bird fans from all parts of the world, the kingdom of Bharatpur was founded by the fearless Jats, a community of landowners.Their most remarkable leader, Raja Suraj Mal, fortified the city of Bharatpur in 1733 and used the loot from Mughal buildings to embellish the forts and palaces of his kingdom.
Sightseeing Places in Bharatpur, Rajasthan
In the centre of the town is Lohagarh, a masterpiece of construction. Its massive double ramparts of packed mud and rubble surrounded by impressive moats withstood repeated attacks by the Marathas and the British until it was finally captured by Lord Lake in 1805. Three palaces built in the fort display a fine mix of Mughal and Rajput stylistic detail. One is now the site of a pharmaceutical college, while the other two, around the Katcheri Bagh, house the state museum.
Housed in one of the palaces in Katcheri Bagh, its artifacts include a rare collection of exquisite sculptures, ancient inscriptions and 1st and 2nd century stone carvings. An interesting sunken hamam is close by.
Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj
Made by Maharaja Suraj Mal in remembrance of his wins over the Mughals and British respectively, a few of the eight large structures continue to remain upright inside the beautiful walls of the fort, out of which these two are particularly attractive.
How to reach Bharatpur
You can take a flight to Agra which is the nearest domestic airport at a distance of about 45 km. Alternatively, you could fly to the nearest well connected international airport, Delhi, which is at a distance of 184 km.
Ajmer Junction Railway Station lies on the Delhi-Mumbai railway line and is directly linked with various towns in India.
This is also a convenient option since Bharatpur station falls in the central railway zone and is therefore well connected to Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi and other major cities.