The city of Bharatpur, famously known as the gateway of Rajasthan and the eastern door, was established by Jat Maharaja Surajmal in 1733. 

Bharatpur was the first Jat princely state of Rajasthan which was established by Jat Sardar Chudaman after the death of Aurangzeb by building a fort in Thun.

October to March is the best time to visit Bharatpur.

Major Fairs and Festivals of Bharatpur District

1. Ganga Dussehra Fair
2. Jawahar Exhibition and Brij Yatra Fair
3. Basanti Cattle Fair
4. Bajrang Cattle Fair
5. Garuda Mela
6. Bhojan Bari / Bhojan Thali Parikrama
7. Jaswant Cattle Fair
8. Brij Festival

Here is the list of 13 Places to Visit in Bharatpur, Tourist Places & Attractions

1. Lohagarh Fort
2. Bayana Fort
3. Khanwa Maidan (in Bharatpur)
4. Banganga River
5. Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary
6. Ganga Temple of Bharatpur
7. Government museum Bharatpur
8. Bharatpur place
9. Laxman temple Bharatpur
10. Deeg Bharatpur
11. Jawahar burj bharatpur
12. Banke Bihari Temple
13. Seetharam Temple of Bharatpur

 

1. Lohagarh Fort

This fort was built in 1733 by Surajmal Jat (known by the nickname Plato of Jats / Aflatoon of Jats etc.). Sayings like “Aath Firangi Nau Gora Lade Jaat Ka Do Chhora” and “Hat Ja Gora Pach Na” (these two children were Durjanlal and Madho Singh) etc. are famous for this fort. 

Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj are built in this fort. Jawahar Burj was built to commemorate the victory of Delhi and Fateh Burj in 1806 to commemorate the victory over the British. 

Eight metal doors are fitted in this fort. The temple of Rajeshwari Mata (Kuldevi of Bharatpur dynasty) and Bihari temple is situated in this fort. 

This fort is the only fort in Rajasthan on which British General Lord Lack climbed 5 times but failed.

2. Bayana Fort:

Built on Mani (Damdama) hill around 1040 AD, this fort was built by Maharaja Vijaypal of the Yadav dynasty. 

Bhim Lat is built in this fort, which is made of red stones. It was built by Vishnu Vardhan. Lodi Minar is also located here and was built by Ibrahim Lodi. 

Bayana is also known as the city of graveyards. The coronation of Maharaja Surajmal also took place in this Bayana fort. Akbar’s umbrella is located in this fort.

3. Khanwa Maidan (in Bharatpur)

Khanwa situated on the banks of river Gambhir in Rupwas tehsil of Bharatpur is situated about 32 km east of Bharatpur. 

The Battle of Khanwa was fought on March 17, 1527, between Babur and Maharana Sanga of Mewar in this Khanwa field. Babur was victorious and with this, the Mughal Empire was permanently established in India. 

Huge idols of Balram Revati and Chakradhar Vishnu with two arms are also sitting in Khanwa.

 

4. Banganga River

The Banganga river, popularly known as Arjuna’s Ganga and Tala river, originates from the Bairath hills of Jaipur. 

Ajan Dam is built on this river in Bharatpur. This river is the second river in Rajasthan that pours its water directly into the Yamuna river. 

The Madhav Sagar Dam project is located at Dosa on this river.

 

5. Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary

Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary was built by Kishan Singh on the basis of the lakes of Switzerland. 

This sanctuary is located at the confluence of the Banganga and Gambhiri rivers in Bharatpur, the main tourist circuit of India’s “Golden Triangle” (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) and on National Highway No. 11, the ‘entrance to Rajasthan’. 

This sanctuary was declared a bird sanctuary in 1956. It was declared a national park on 26 August 1981 (the second and smallest national park in Rajasthan).

This sanctuary was included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List in 1985. This sanctuary is the largest breeding ground for birds in Asia, hence it is also called the ‘Paradise of Birds’ (Bird Sanctuary). 

This sanctuary is included in the top 10 sanctuaries of the world. The first wildlife laboratory of the state is being established here recently.

Rare parrots with red necks and Siberian cranes are found here. Most of the birds die by getting trapped in the ancha grass in this sanctuary. 

The temple of Shiva (Keoladev) is located almost in the middle of this sanctuary, hence it came to be known as Keoladeo Sanctuary.

 

 

6. Ganga Temple of Bharatpur

Ganga Temple of Bharatpur is many years old. The white marble statue of Ganga Mata on the back of a crocodile made in this temple attracts a lot of tourists. 

This temple is made according to old craftsmanship, whose beauty is made on seeing it. 

There is an influx of devotees here on the occasion of Teej festivals and during the season. 

That’s why to go to Bharatpur and definitely visit the Ganga temple.

 

7. Government museum Bharatpur

The Government Museum of Bharatpur is a major attraction for all the residents and travelers of Bharatpur. 

Located in the heart of the Lohagad Fort, it was converted into a museum in 1944 AD. The museum also houses an art gallery that contains specimens of miniature paintings on leaves of Pipal tree, mica, and old litho paper. 

The museum mainly consists of stone sculptures, inscriptions, terracotta items, metal objects, coins, weapons, miniature paintings, and local art.

All these things speak about the rich heritage, arts, and crafts of the region.

 

8. Bharatpur place

This magnificent palace was built in Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. Bharatpur Palace displays the rich heritage of Rajasthan’s history. 

The main central wing houses the museum, which houses a rich collection of beautiful sculptures, ancient inscriptions, and other displays that reflect the art and skill of the people of the region. 

Due to the highly intricate and lavish designs on the walls of this palace and the huge chambers, this place is considered a great monument. 

One can also find ancient objects from the 2nd century at this place.

 

9. Laxman temple Bharatpur

Laxman Temple is located in the center of Bharatpur city of Rajasthan. Laxmanji and Urmila Ji are among the main deities here, but apart from them other small idols of Rama, Bharat, Shatrughan, and Hanuman are also Here. 

All these idols are of Ashtadhatu. The variety of sculptural work and architecture of the temple is unique. 

The top portion of the Jagmohan form is decorated from top to bottom with relief features, floral patterns, and birds. Similarly, Jagmohan’s terrace is no less in beauty.

It is also a wonderful creation of sculpture. Since the temple stands in the heart of Bharatpur city, there is always a rush of visitors.

 

10. Deeg Bharatpur

Deeg, located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Bharatpur city, is known for its grand and historic Deeg Palace. It is one of the main tourist places in the Bharatpur district. 

This is one of the most preferred places to visit in and around Bharatpur.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna started his parikrama from Govardhan and blessed the deg with his auspicious presence on his way.

Formerly ‘Dighgha’ or ‘Dighapur’ as in the Skanda Purana, it was the first capital of Devat Bharatpur in 1722 during the reign of the Jat leader Badan Singh. 

Maharaja Surajmal shifted the capital to Bharatpur where Deeg became the second capital.

11. Jawahar burj bharatpur

Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj stand within the glorious ramparts of the Lohagad Fort. 

This site was considered the coronation site for all the Jat rulers. They were built by Maharaja Suraj Mal to celebrate his victory over the Mughals and the British. 

These two places are regarded as victory towers and, are decorated with frescoes. 

It differs from other forts in the state in that there is no abutment with the fort. However, it emanates an aura of strength and grandeur.

 

12. Banke Bihari Temple

Banke Bihari Temple, located in the heart of Bharatpur city, is one of the most famous temples in India. 

This magnificent temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna. The main hall of the temple houses the idol of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. 

The childhood pictures of Lord Krishna are placed on the way leading to the room. The walls and ceiling of this temple have pictures of various deities. 

The design of this temple reflects the Braj architectural style. Travelers can reach this temple by using local vehicles.

 

13. Seetharam Temple of Bharatpur