The Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan
Located 180 kms to the south of Delhi, and 55 kms to the west of Agra, Bharatpur is known as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan. Situated in the Braj region in Rajasthan, this exotic offbeat destination is known for its authentic Rajasthani traditions, culture and religious practices. Also known as Lohagarh, Bharatpur is a part of the golden tourism triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. The city’s culture, romance and chivalry are woven to folklores and traditions making the visit to Bharatpur worthwhile. Known widely as the bird watcher’s paradise, it is home to one of the world's best-known bird watching destinations, Keoladeo Ghana National Park (KNP) with a diverse variety of birds and it is recognised as one of the most popular feeding and breeding grounds for birds.
The town is dusty, noisy and not particularly visitor-friendly, the Park is worth visiting and spending your time. Apart from the park, Bharatpur also has a few historic ruins too. Bharatpur also hosts the boisterous and colourful Brij Festival just prior to Holi celebrations. Other tourist attractions include the Lohagarh Fort, Fateh, Laxman Mandir, Bharatpur Palace, Deeg, Ganga Mandir, etc.
How to reach
Bharatpur is well connected by rail and road with all the major cities.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56kms from Bharatpur. Delhi is 184kms from Bharatpur.
How to Reach by Train
The Bharatpur railway station is about 5 kms from the park/bird sanctuary. Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra.
How to Reach by Bus
Bharatpur is well connected by road from Agra (56-kms, 1 hour), Delhi (184-kms, 4 hours) and Jaipur (176-kms, 3 hours).
How to Reach by Road
An excellent network of roads connects Bharatpur to all the major cities of the Rajasthan and the neighbouring states like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana.
How to travel within
You can hire cabs or rickshaws to explore the town of Bharatpur.
Bharatpur is famous for its exquisite Rajasthani cuisine. Dining in Bharatpur is typically done at the in-house restaurants. You can always try out authentic Rajasthani or Mughlai cuisine along with some traditional delicacies on roadside eateries. The simple north Rajasthani dishes like Pyaaz Kachori, Mawa Kachori, Aloo ki subzi etc are must try once you are in Bharatpur. Since most restaurants here close by 10:30 PM you might need you to make your dinner plans accordingly.
Some of the good restaurants include:
- Athithi Restaurant
- Gulmohar Restaurant ( Indian )
- Hotel Udai Vilas Restaurant (Chinese, Indian, Continental )
- Ravia Multi-cuisine Restaurant
Day 1: Reach by early morning and after the breakfast, head to Keoladeo Ghana National Wildlife Sanctuary. Spent the day return back to the town in the evening. After an evening refreshment head towards the market for shopping. Spent the night.
Day 2: After the breakfast, head towards Ganga Mandir and Banke Bihari Temple. Post lunch moves toward the Lohagarh Fort and then the Lakshman temple. Head back from Bharatpur to Agra in the evening.