The eastern gateway of Historical Rajasthan – Bharatpur has had a glorious past as is evident from its beautiful palaces and the historical gateway brought from the Redfort of Delhi by its rulers. not only is bhartpur renowned for its palaces, but is also world famous for its bird sanctuary –The Keoladeo Ghana National Park.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park – Birds of all shades and colors flapping their wings and diving into the water for fish, form the main scenario today in the old city of bharatpur. Migratory birds flock here in July- August but breed in October-November. They build their nests on the short trees which rise above the water level. There are literally thousands of birds, their beauty unbelievable but true.
The most common species seen here are the Siberian Crane, Cormorants, Spoonbills, Ibises, Geese, Ducks, Cranes, Herons, Storks, Pelicans and Flamingos, Kingfishers, Blue Jays, Shrikes, Orioles, Paradise Flycatchers, Parakeets, Eagles, Harriers and snake bird. There are in addition exotic birds from afghanistan, Tibet and as far away as central Asia, Siberia, the Arctic region and China.
The Palace : The royal edifice is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles with magnificent apartments and intricately designed floor tiles having interesting patterns, One can marvel at the ancient exhibits displayed in the museum in the central part of the palace.
Lohagarh Fort : The massive iron structure buit in the early 18th century by Maharaja Suraj Mal, The founder of Bharatpur. The fort has three palaces within its precincts – Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas.
Deeg : Once the second capital of the Maharaja of Bharatpur , it served as summer resort of the rulers.There are gardens and fountains much like the mughal gardens, as also forts and palaces well known for their architectural splendour.
The Deeg fort and the palaces, Gopal Bhawan, Suraj Bhawan and Purana (old ) Mahal are worth a visit.