Rajasthan’s eastern gateway, the erstwhile princely state of Bharatpur (also known as Lohagarh) was the only kingdom ruled by a dynasty of non-Rajputs in Rajasthan. It was founded in the early 18th century by Maharaja Suraj Mal who is credited with the construction of numerous forts and palaces across the kingdom.
Bharatpur is home to the renowned Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the richest and best-known avian sanctuaries in India and a significant wetland. A former royal duck-hunting reserve, Keoladeo was created in the mid-18th century as a small reservoir just outside Bharatpur. The construction of a dam and the subsequent flooding of this natural depression created a fascinating and spectacular bird reserve – enormously popular with birders and ornithologists today.
The Park was once synonymous with the rare Siberian Cranes that migrated here during the winter months every year (Keoladeo was the only habitat of the Siberian Crane in the world other than Siberia), no longer now though. Other aquatic migratory birds such as ducks, geese, waders, raptors, flycatchers, and green sandpipers fly here all the way from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Siberia. Keoladeo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural).
Bharatpur lies on the Golden Triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra and is easily accessible from all three destinations; it is also well-linked to all the major cities in north and central India.While you are here, you can go on a sights tour to see attractions such as the Bharatpur Palace and its museum (Kamra Khas), Lohagarh Fort, Deeg Palace, and Band Baretha (an old wildlife reserve). Every year, Bharatpur also hosts some colourful, vibrant festivals and fairs that are fascinating to witness.
Holxo Tours in Bharatpur