While sightseeing in Bharatpur, you could enjoy a view of over 350 species of migratory and native birds. The most famous and well-known tourist attraction of Bharatpur is the Keoladeo National Park.
Bharatpur is also known as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan. It is a heritage city which boasts of several monuments including the famous Deeg Palace.
The places of interest and sightseeing in and around Bharatpur include forts, palaces, museums & national parks.
The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous bird sanctuary that plays hostto thousands of native and migratory birds especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the Keoladeo National Park their home. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily used as a waterfowl hunting ground. The 29 km 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. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering breeding etc. The Sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. It is known for nesting of its resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds.
Deeg Palace - 32 kms North of Bharatpur is this beautiful garden town, the gardens have been laid with great care and precision, the sparkling fountains and meticulous palaces add to the beauty of this idyllic retreat. It was the first capital of the Bharatpur state. Now it is renowned for its coloured fountains which are operational twice a year only. People come in from all over to see them.
Deeg Fort - built by Raja Suraj Mal, Deeg fort is surrounded by impressive moats, ramparts & gateways, the interiors are mostly in ruins now, but the watch tower still stands in the ruins keeping an eye over the City and Palace.
About 22 kms from Bharatpur is this vast complex, built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years.
Fatehpur Sikri, popular among tourists and archaeologists, is one of the World Heritage Site in India. Major monuments of Fatehpur Sikri holds number of architectural treasures that slowly unfold in front of you.
What you can see is magnificent ruins of the bygone era; some are in excellent state of preservation.
situated right in the heart of the city, it is
known to be one of the most prominent temples in Bharatpur. Almost 400 years old, this temple stands right in the middle of the main market area. It is said to have been established by Naaga Baba, a sage who worked for upliftment of the mankind. Displaying typical Rajasthan style of architecture, this beautiful temple is visited by a large number of devotees every year.
In the neighborhood of this temple is another Laxman Temple, which was built by Maharaja Baldev Singh in 1870. Made up of sandstone and white marble, this Laxman Temple is home to Ashtdhaatu idols of Laxmanji and Urmilaji. Smaller Ashtdhaatu idols of Ram, Bharat, Shtrughan and Hanuman are also enshrined in this temple. Both the temples can be easily reached from anywhere in the city by a cab, a cycle rickshaw or a tonga.