In today’s hectic lifestyle, all of us wish to take a break every, now and then and go to a place, which is nearby and full of natural beauty, but finding such a place every time is not that easy. Nonetheless, if you stay in Delhi and are bored of famous tourist attractions like Agra, Jaipur, Shimla, Mussorrie, Manali, Nainital, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Vrindavan, Lucknow etc. then head to Bharatpur. It is one such city that has greenery all around, wildlife, heritage architecture, colourful local markets, flora and fauna. Located at a distance of just 180 kilometres from the national capital of India, New Delhi and Jaipur, Bharatpur is a paradise for nature lovers. In addition to that, one can stop over the famous towns of Mathura, Vrindavan, Deeg and Alwar on the way to this nature’s paradise depending on the route taken to reach this offbeat travel destination. Go through the below mentioned pointers to plan your trip to Bharatpur the right way and have a great time with your family and friends.
Best to Time to Visit Bharatpur: October to May
Spend Time in the Jungle
The city is popular amongst travellers of all sorts primarily because of the magnificent UNESCO-listed Keoladeo National Park also known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is a national bird sanctuary with more than 360 species of birds living permanently in the woods and manmade wetlands. This world renowned sanctuary was developed by the Maharaja of Bharatpur.
If you wish to see the migratory birds then it is highly recommended to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary from October to February. The best time to visit is early in the morning and evening by renting a bicycle available on the entry gate and paying a reasonable amount of 25 rupees for a gearless bike, and 40 rupees for a geared bicycle. Renting a bike is important because exploring the whole place on foot can be difficult as it’s huge and full of wildlife species and wetlands. It will take you around 3-4 hours at least to check out the complete sanctuary and believe me you will not get bored at all.
Apart from a beautiful national park, Bharatpur is also home to momentous vestiges and a wonderful museum, which are actually worth visiting. The government museum is sited inside the Lohagarh fort and consists of artefacts of previous princes. Lohagarh Fort also known as Upardangghari Fort is the only castle in India unconquerable till date, which makes it one of the gems in the great Jats crown. It is an 18th-century fort situated at the centre of the city and is enclosed by a moat. There is a long list of other tourist attraction that can be explored when in Bharatpur like Ganga Mandir, Stonework Laxman Mandir Temples, Devji Temple, Jawahar Burj, Dev Ghat, Kasrra Durbar Palace, Ganeshthan Temple, Diyalo Bangala Palace, and DAO Building Bharatpur, to name a few.
If you are a travel freak and have not visited Rajasthan before or tried Rajasthani cuisine then I am sure it is something, which will be on your bucket list primarily because of its mouth watering taste. Some of the must try dishes are Ker Sangri, Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki Sabzi, Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi, Bajra Roti with Kadi, Papad ro saag, Sev Tamatar, and Aam ki kadhi. When in Rajasthan also eat sweet dishes like Besan Chakki, Balushahi, Raabdi, Ghevar, Imarti, milk cake and Ras malai. Lastly, do drink fresh sugarcane juice in the afternoon or early morning to stay hydrated all day long.
Shop for Colourful Products
The old town of Bharatpur can appear to be busy, noisy and colourful in the first glance, but there is a lot more to it. Garjar market, Sree ji Market and Moti Kunj market are three of most popular markets of Bharatpur. Where you can shop for best quality handicrafts, perfectly carved jewellery, precious stones, magnificent marble cravings, brass antiques, ornaments and Jaipur fabrics especially Bandhej. All these markets can be covered on foot in a few hours.
Bharatpur hosts the rollicking and vibrant Brij Festival just before the start of Holi celebrations. If wish to get a glimpse of the village life then visit neighbouring villages like Jatipura, Rasiya, Nadbai, Kaman, Bayana and Nagar.
Visit Fatehpur Sikri and Deeg
Located on the Agra-Bharatpur border, Fatehpur Sikri comes in Agra district, Uttar Pradesh, India. Built by Emperor Akbar in the early 16th century it is also known as the City of Victory. Fatehpur Sikri includes one of the biggest mosques in the nation, the Jama Masjid and this UNESCO world heritage site was also the capital of the Mughal Empire for nearly a decade. This place is a must-visit when you are travelling to Agra or exploring the golden triangle of India (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur).
Deeg is well-known mainly for its palaces constructed by Jat rulers of Bharatpur. Deeg Fort and Jal Mahal Palace also known as the Deeg Palace are two major attractions of this offbeat travel destination. To get the best view of the Deeg Palace, is to take a seat close to the water reservoir, which is on the west of the palace where laundry washers (Dhobis) sit. It is highly recommended to attend “Sawan-Bhadon”, which is a three day festival held in the month of September and shows the real splendour of this tourist attraction. Kachori and Aaloo Bhalla are two local snacks, which are a must eat when you are in Deeg.
Lastly, if you have visited all the famous travel destinations on your trip to Rajasthan like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar and Bikaner then do travel to Bharatpur and revel in its scenery. It is suggested to book your stay prior to visiting this place as there are very few highly rated properties near the wildlife sanctuary. Moreover, if you are thinking about taking a tour to the whole of Rajasthan then go through Exploring Rajasthan: A Perfect One Week Itinerary to plan your trip right and have a great time on your trip to Rajasthan.