Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
The origins of this historical city dates back to the Mahabharata era. The allies of the Pandavas called Matsya Kingdom were residents of this eastern town of Rajasthan. There are several magnificent tourist spots located here. This is home to the World Heritage Site and the world’s famous spot for bird watchers and ornithologists.
Major Attractions of Bharatpur:
Keoladeo Ghana National Park
This Bird Park dates back to 250 years ago when there were dense jungles. Later, the rulers added damns that allowed water flow that made it a wet place de to which exotic birds migrated here. Spot 370 species of Winged Wonders including the Nilgai, Painted Storks, Siberian Crane, waders, raptors, etc. Salim Ali, a naturalist played a major role to turn this Bird Haven into a National Park. It was officially declared National Park in 1982 & a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1985.
This rugged fort has borne several attacks which shows in its appearance. It is surrounded by water moat meant to keep enemies out. Moreover, inside this large monument are several other famous ones like Moti Mahal, Kothi Khas, Kishori Mahal & Khas Mahal. It is best for those looking for quiet peaceful time.
There is an amazing sanctuary that surrounds the palatial residence of Bharatpur Royal Family. There are over 200 species with extremely rare bird like Black Bittern that makes this every bird watcher’s favorite. Originally a damn built around the River Kakund this wildlife reserve is now under Forest Department administration.
This ancient rugged fort built in the midst of moats looks like it is ‘floating on water.’ This garden town built by Raja Suraj Mal is north of Bharatpur at a higher level. There are lovely gardens, palaces, fountains, and unique gateways that make this a must-see tourist spot.
Best Time to Visit Bharatpur
The highlight of the area of Bharatpur is definitely the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Naturalists, Bird Watchers and Ornithologists are on the lookout for exotic migratory species making October to February the ideal time to visit. For resident species, August to November is the best time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. For other locations it is advisable to visit Bharatpur during monsoon or winter months when temperatures cool down.
How to Reach Bharatpur
The nearest accessible airport is less than 50 km away which is Agra’s Kheria Airport.
There are well connected regular trains from Bharatpur Junction or BTE. Luxury trains are the fastest way to travel from Delhi to Bharatpur. You can reach Bharatpur through the Palace on Wheels train which is the famous luxury train in India.
There are interstate and intercity regular busses available from the Bharatpur Bus Station.