About Bharatpur

Bharatpur is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733. Located in the Brij region, Bharatpur was once an impregnable, well-planned and well-fortified city, and the capital of Jats kingdom ruled by Sinsinwar Maharajas. The royal house ofBharatpur has a history from the 11th century and claims their descent from the Yadavs. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg and Dholpur has played an important part in the history of Rajasthan. Located 55 km west of the city of Agra (the city of the Taj Mahal) and 35 km from Mathura, it is also the administrative headquarters of Bharatpur District and also the headquarters of Bharatpur Division of Rajasthan. The history of Bharatpur has immediate correlations with the history of Rajasthan. The town was named Bharatpur after Bharata, a brother of Lord Rama, whose other brother Laxman is the family deity of the erstwhile royal family of Bharatpur. The city and the fort of Bharatpur have been believed to be founded by Maharaja Surajmal in the early seventeenth century. He established a state in the Braj region south of Delhi, with its capital at Deeg. Leaders such as Gokula, Raja Ram, Churaman and Badan Singh brought together all the Jats and moulded them into a force to be reckoned with. Maharaja Suraj Mal was the state's greatest ruler, he made the state a formidable force in the region. During the British Raj, the state covered an area of 5,123 km² and its rulers enjoyed a salute of 17 guns. The state acceded unto the Dominion of India in 1947. It was merged with three nearby princely states to form the "Matsya Union", which in turn was merged with other adjoining territories to create the present-day state of Rajasthan.

In Bharatpur

Keoladeo National Park
( Bird Sanctuary Open Year Round)

Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park (or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The 29 km2 (11 sq. mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.

Ways to explore the park ...
Primarily, it's Rickshaw Ride. Rickshaw paddlers have in-depth knowledge of the park and its wildlife. One can also enjoy BOATRIDE in the park . Boating in the park is - "out of the world ....Tranquil and Beautiful". Enthusiasts and bird lovers can also explore park on Bicycle (available on rent) or even can walk the nature trails.

Ganga Mandir Bharatpur

Ganga Maharani Temple is an immensely popular temple of Bharatpur. It is considered as a masterpiece of great architecture. Ganga Maharani Temple is one of the most beautiful temples of Bharatpur. Centralized location of Ganga Maharani temple makes it easily accessible. offers complete online information about Ganga Maharani Temple. This temple is being visited by a great number of devotees from all over the India. Idol of Goddess Ganga is being placed in this temple. A dummy crocodile is also positioned within the temple. Holy Ganga water is distributed among the devotees as prasad.
The other famous and must see temples in Bharatpur are Laxman Mandir and Bankey Bihari Temple.

Lohagarh Fort (Iron fort)

is situated at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. It was constructed by Bharatpur Jat rulers. Maharaja Suraj Mal used all his power and wealth to a good cause, and built numerous forts and palaces across his kingdom, one of them being the Lohagarh Fort(Iron fort), which was one of the strongest ever built in Indian history. The inaccessible Lohagarh fort could withstand repeated attacks of British forces led by Lord Lake in 1805 when they laid siege for over six weeks. Having lost over 3000 soldiers, the British forces had to retreat and strike a compromise with the Bharatpur ruler. Of the two gates in the fort, one in the north is known as Ashtdhaatu (eight metalled) gate while the one facing the south is called Chowburja (four-pillared) gate.

It is very different from the other forts in Rajasthan state, there is no flamboyance associated to fort but it generates an aura of strength and magnificence. The fort is surrounded with moat which was previously filled with water to ward off the enemy attacks. The sandy ramparts were strengthened by sandy battlements, thus the enemy guns proved of no avail.

Government Museum

Government Museum is situated in the heart of Lohargarh fort. Bharatpur government museum is replete with some of the most unique and archaic artifacts and archaeological resources. The government museum of Bharatpur is the abode of old and archaic souvenirs that are of rare quality. Initially this museum was an enormous building known as Kachahari kalan. It was the administrative section of the great rulers of the district of Bharatpur. Later on, Kachahari kalan was changed into a government museum in the year 1944 A.D. The Kamra Khas or the personal block of the Bharatpur Rajas became an important part of the museum. This museum displays to the visitors the richness and grandeur of the Bharatpur kings.

Around Bharatpur

Deeg Fort ( 36kms from Bharatpur):

Welcome to the most popular among the lesser known destinations of Rajasthan, Deeg, 36 km north of Bharatpur, is a small town yet to be explored. Deeg is best known for its well-preserved palaces and an elegantly manicured Mughal Garden.. Enjoy a half day trip in the rural destination of Deeg to enjoy the rural culture and heritage .

Taj Mahal, Agra ( 55 kms from Bharatpur ):

Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles.

In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.The construction of the Taj Mahal was entrusted to a board of architects under imperial supervision, including Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer.

Fatehpur Sikri (18 kms from Bharatpur- enroute Agra ):

Fatehpur Sikri was planned as a great town by Akbar with great care and planning in the honor of Sheikh Salim Chisti but had to be abandoned only after fifteen years due to scarcity of water in the town. Sheikh Salim Chishti was a Sufi saint who blessed the Akbar with his first son and heir, who was named Salim after him and later came to be known as Jehangir. The town was originally named Sikri after the village, where it was founded but its twin city Fatehpur (Victory Town) was erected to celebrate Akbar's conquest of Gujarat in June 1573.

Mathura & Vrindavan (35km from Bharatpur- enroute New Delhi)

The land where Shri Krishna was born and spent his youth, has today little towns and hamlets that are still alive with the Krishna legend and still redolent with the music of his flute. Mathura, a little town on the River Yamuna was transformed into a place of faith after Lord Krishna was born here. Vrindavan, a village - once noted for its fragrant groves, is where he spent an eventful youth. There are numerous other little spots in the area that still reverberate with the enchantment of Shri Krishna. Both the places are famous for numerous Temples of Lord Krishna such as, Krishna Janambhoomi, Iskcon Temple, Bankey Bihari....

Mehandipur Balaji (80 kms from Bharatpur- enroute Jaipur) :

This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Hanuman. Adherents believe that the deity in the Mehandipur temple has divine powers to cure any person possessed by evil spirits. It is also believed that Shri Bala Ji Maharaj saves His devotees from unfavorable grahadashas (planetary configurations). If people suffering from evil spirits or jinns cannot be cured here cannot be cured anywhere. It is the most powerful place in the world. It neutralizes all effects of a evil spirit or jinn like heart palpitations, sleep paralysis, blood pressure,depression,risks of heart attacks, attack during sleep mode and other related problems.