Things to do in Bharatpur
This city is best known for the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary where rare bird species flock to. Home to the famous Unesco listed wetland and Bird sanctuary, this busy town attracts many environmentalists from across the globe. The distance from Chandigarh to Bharatpur is 450 kms and is a perfect place to visit with a lot of things to do over a weekend trip.
Places to visit in and around Bharatpur
Banke Bihari Temple
Banke Bihari Temple is located in midst of the city and is built on several acres of land. An idol of Lord Krishna and Radha is placed in the main hall. This temple has an architecture that is inspired from the very popular Banke Bihari temple of Vrindavan. This temple is a popular place to visit in Bharatpur.
Bharatpur National Park
Now known as the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur National Park is a famous bird watching paradise and is among one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is a place to visit and is easy to reach by road. The national park currently features 50 species of fishes, 5 species of amphibians and 7 species of turtles. The park is most famous for its avian fauna of 375 species of birds, including Cranes, Spoonbills, Herons, Pelicans and others.
One of the most beautiful temples of Bharatpur, the Ganga Mandir is considered to be a great architectural piece and owing to its central location within the city many tourists are able to appreciate its beauty. Architecture of this temple depicts a confluence of Rajput, Mughal and South Indian styles. Devotees visiting the temple are offered holy water from the river Ganga.
There are two Laxman Temples in the heart of the city, one of them is almost 4 centuries old. The other, about 300 years old was made by the founder of Bharatpur, Maharaja Baldev Singh. Displaying typical Rajasthan style of architecture, this beautiful temple is visited by a large number of devotees every year.
Lohagarh Fort is one fort which is known as the invincible fort of India. Literally translated, it means Iron Fort. This fort has withstood repeated attacks of the Mughal as well the British forces. The sandstone durbar, which was once Maharaja’s meeting hall, has also been transformed into a museum, lately. Surrounded by beautiful trees – this fort attracts many tourists.
What to Eat in Bharatpur
Local Food and Cuisine
The food here does not really stand out in terms of uniqueness or a vibrant food culture. Yet, the place will offer you simple and popular Rajasthani as well as North-Indian snacks and preparations. One can flatter their appetite with Pyaaz Kachori, Mawa Kachori, Aloo ki subzi and more. Also,most restaurants here close by 10:30 PM and hence might need you to schedule your dinner plans accordingly.