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. Bharatpur is well connected by road with Agra, Mathura, Delhi and Jaipur. Regular bus services operate for all major cities.
 

Road distance to important places from Bharatpur : Agra 55 kms Fatehpur Sikri 22kms Mathura 39kms Delhi 184 kms Jaipur 176 kms Alwar 117 kms. Bharatpur Bird Park is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This park is located in Rajasthan and is easily accessible from Agra & Jaipur. The nearest airport is Agra and has regular train service from Mathura, Sawai Madhopur and Kota and Agra. Bharatpur has regular bus service from all major cities and is connected to Agra, Mathura, Delhi and Jaipur. This park is open throughout the year.

This history of this park is dated back to the ancient kingdom of Matsya Desh, which was mentioned in Mahabharata. The fort of Bharatpur was the citadel of the Jat Chieftain, Raja Surajmal. He built this fort as a point of resistance against the British.

In 1899 this area was developed into a duck shooting reserve by Prince Harahan of Morvi State in Gujarat. He was appointed the Administrator of Bharatpur. He took the initiative to construct the jheel. In 1901, the entire area was flooded with water released from Ajan Bund. Lord Curzon together with h Commander-in-Chief Lord Kitchener, inaugurated the first duck shoot in Keoladeo Ghana and it was opened for public on December 1, 1902. The Maharajah allowed shooting until 1972. In 1972 the Wildlife Protection Act was passed and hunting of wild animals and birds became illegal.

Animals: This park has variety of animals and has about 350 species of birds, 27 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 7 amphibians and 43 fishes. Some rare species of the turtle were found in Keoladeo. About five species are of lizard, thirteen snake species include the Indian Python, cobra, viper, krait, wolf-snake, blind snake, checkered keel back. Other varieties include Langur, Bengal Fox, Jackal, Striped Hyena, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Indian Grey Mongoose, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Smooth-coated otter, Blackbuck, Chital (Spotted Deer, Sambar, Hog Deer, Nilgai, Wild boar, Indian porcupine, Indian hare, Feral cattle,

Flora: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has variety of flora representing 64 families, 181 genera and 227 subspecies. The forest of Bharatpur includes kadam, babul and jamun. The open woodland is mostly babul, with a small amount of kandi and ber. The scrublands are dominated by ber and kair, Khus grass, water lilies, lotus, duckweeds, water fern, Sedges, reedmace dominate in some areas. Paspalum distichum, a perennial amphibious grass constitutes a major portion of the biomass.

Bharatpur is one of the world’s best studied wetland eco-systems and is considered as bird’s paradise. This park is the habitat for Siberian Crane during winters.

Visit Lohagarh Fort. This has massive iron structure and was built by Maharaja Suraj Mal. Then visit the museum. This museum has collection of artifacts and carved sculptures which have inscriptions. After lunch visit the Palace. This palace has fusion of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles and has interesting patterns on the floor.

Various festivals are celebrated in Bharatpur. Brij Festival is celebrated during the month of February and March. Ras Leela is performed by professionals during this festival. In the month of September and October, Jaswant Exhibition is being held every year during Dussera. Gangur Festival is celebrated by married women dedicated to Gauri, the incarnation of Godess Parvati. This festival is celebrated during the month of March and April. Teej is celebrated during July and August when the monsoons begin. Swings are hung from the trees and decorated with flowers.

Nearest airport Agra (54 kms) from Bharatpur, Agra has daily flights for Delhi, Bombay, Varanasi (via Khajuraho) and Lucknow. 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. Bharatpur is well connected by road with Agra, Mathura, Delhi and Jaipur. Regular bus services operate for all major cities. Road distance to important places from Bharatpur : Agra 55 kms Fatehpur Sikri 22kms Mathura 39kms Delhi 184 kms Jaipur 176 kms Alwar 117 kms.

 

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