One of the most famous cities and tourist spots in Rajasthan, Bharatpur was founded in 1733 by Maharaja Suraj Mal. It is believed that the town was named after Lord Rama’s brother, Bharat. A tour to Bharatpur offers a brilliant opportunity to see the exquistie locales, exotic birds, fine blend of the Mughal and Rajput architecture, and the rich culture of Rajasthan.
The most prominent reason for a visit to Bharatpur is the Keoladeo National Park. Earlier known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park or the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a world-renowned avifauna sanctuary which plays host to a wide variety of domestic and migratory birds.
The park is also a world heritage site. Its foundation stone was laid in 1760. Over 377 birds have been spotted at the Keoladeo National Park which makes it a paradise for ornithologists. Birds from Central Asia and Siberia spend the winters in this national park before they return to their breeding grounds. A few of the migratory birds that can be spotted at this park are different species of Pelicans, Cranes, Eagles, Shanks, Stints, Warblers, Pelicans, Flycatchers, Wagtails, Pipits, Buntings, and many others.
Apart from the fauna, the Keoladeo National Park is also rich in flora. Out of the 29-sq-kms area of the park, almost 11-sq-kms has marshes and the rest is covered by grassland and scrubland. A few of the plants that exist in this park are Jamun, Babul, Piloo, Kair, Kadam, and many more.
Several animals are also found in the park which include Hog Deer, Indian Porcupine, Python, Cobra, Krait, and many others. The best time to visit this park is from October to February because this is the time when beautiful migratory birds come here.
There are unlimited options of sojourning in Bharatpur. A number of hotels and resorts are even located in close vicinity to the park. One will have to book rooms in advance as tourists keep on visiting Bharatpur throughout the year. Some of the most famous resorts in hotels in Bharatpur are the Kadamb Kunj Resort, Maha Khas Palace, Udai Vilas Palace, Kiran Vilas Palace, and Swaraj Resorts. These hotels also arrange for a guide who can take you to various places that you must visit when in Bharatpur.
Reaching Bharatpur is not at all difficult as the city is well-connected by roads, a railway network, and air. Select the right package and get going!