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Bharatpur Tourism And Travel Guide
21.8° C / 71.3° F
October to March
3 to 4 Days
Agra (56 kms)
Bharatpur Junction (2.6 kms)
Lying close to the Thar Desert, Bharatpur is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and a popular choice for tourists across the country. From sanctuaries to forts, from palaces to museums and temples, there is no dearth of choice for travellers visiting the city. Tourism in Bharatpur has a little something for everyone. The presence of the Taj Mahal and the holy cities of Mathura and Vrindavan a mere stone’s throw away from Bharatpur make the latter a lucrative destination for any tourist. Here is a snippet of the travel guide of this city of Bharatpur.
How to Reach
Bharatpur is well connected with all major cities and neighbouring states by air, rail and road.
Closest airport to Bharatpur is in Agra located at a distance of 56 km. From here bus or private taxis can ferry tourists to the city.
Getting Around in Bharatpur:
Private cabs, buses and rickshaws are the preferred modes of transportation for moving around in Bharatpur.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (April to June):
Located on the edges of the Thar Desert, Bharatpur has unbearably hot summers. With temperatures ranging from 30°C to 48°C, summer months are not ideal for bird watching. With temperatures soaring, the birds leave for places with cooler climate.
Winter (October to March):
The best time to visit Bharatpur is during winter months, from as early as October till March. Birds of different species migrate from other countries and make Bharatpur their home.
Monsoon (July to September):
The rainy season with high humidity again is not the recommended time for visit to the bird sanctuary. However one might consider it if attending the Janmashthami celebrations in Mathura features on priority list.
Things to Do
Bird Watching and Bird Photography:
Bharatpur Sanctuary is dream come true for bird lovers. One can spend hours watching these colourful and beautiful species of avian at work. It also gives passionate photographers a chance to put their cameras to use and take back bagful of memories. It is a photographer’s paradise.
Trekking through Lohagarh Fort:
One of the strongest forts built in India, the Lohagarh Fort is one of the major attractions of Bharatpur. A symbol of grit and strength, a tour of the fort is like walking through the pages of history. An exploration of the fort and the museum within must feature in the to-do list in Bharatpur.
Bharatpur Palace is a confluence of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. Throwing light on the lifestyle and culture of people of the city, the palace is worth a visit during one’s stay in Bharatpur.
Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan:
These popular tourist destinations are located a few kilometres away from Bharatpur. The Taj Mahal draws thousands of tourists throughout the year. Mathura and Vrindavan are considered among the top sacred places in the country and can be a mesmerizing experience.
Bharatpur boasts of a fairly large number of temples that would excite a more spiritually inclined traveller. A tour of the Bankey Bihari Temple, the Laxman Tehple, the Ganga Temple etc might be a good idea to revive oneself.
Shopping in Bharatpur
While in Bharatpur, it might be a good idea to pick up a few souvenirs to take back home. Marble carvings, brass works, decorative pieces are to be found in plenty here. Junk as well as precious jewellery like 'kundan' sets are a treat for the eyes and you might want to pick one up for the keeps. Also famous here are lac bangles, silverware and Rajasthani handicrafts.