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BHARATPUR SIGHTSEEING

 

Bharatpur is best known for its World Heritage-listed bird sanctuary, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Bird Sanctuary : There are about 328 different kinds of birds, 117 of which migrate from as far away as Siberia and China. Today some 80 types of ducks are among the species which nest in the sanctuary. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to February when many migratory birds can be seen. Entry costs Rs.25, plus Rs.10 for a still camera and Rs.1500 for a video camera. There is also an entry fee for cycles (Rs.3.00), scooters(Rs.10.00) and cycle-rickshaws (Rs.5). A guide book including a map is available at the ticket checkpoint. It contains a short history of the park and an endless list of birds species. The best way to see the park is to hire a bicycle. Some of the hotels rent bicycles. If you plan to visit the sanctuary at dawn (one of the best time to see the birds), you will have to hire your bicycle the day before. Boats can also be hired from the ticket checkpoint for Rs.5.00 per person per day (minimum charges of Rs.20.00). This is a very good way of getting close to the wildlife in this park. There is a snack bar and drink kiosks about halfway through the park, next to the so called Kaeoladeo Temple. This is one bird sanctuary which even non-ornithologists should visit. It is open daily from 6 am to 6 pm (exit by 7 pm).


BHARATPUR SIGHTSEEING 1

 

Lohagarh Fort : Maharaja Suraj Mal, the fort's constructer and founder of Bharatpur, built two towers within the ramparts, the Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj. The fort occupies the entire small artificial Island in the centre of the town, and the three palaces within its precincts. It is open Saturday to Thursday from 10 am to 4.30 pm.


BHARATPUR - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY BUS Bharatpur is on the Agra to Jaipur road, just two hour by bus from Agra or an hour from Fatehpur Sikri. Buses from Jaipur take about 4.5 hours. TRAIN Bharatpur is on the New Delhi to Bombay broad-gauge line as well as the Delhi/Agra/Jaipur/Ahmedabad metre gauge-line.


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