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Situated in Rajasthan - 190 kms from Delhi, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is famously called as 'Ornithologist's Paradise'. Founded by Maharaja of Bharatpur in 1890, the bird sanctuary hosts a variety of bird species from across the globe and is also known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Bharatpur was accepted as a World Heritage Site in 1985. This man made sanctuary is home to over 380 species of birds.

During the monsoons thousands of egrets, herons, storks, cormorants, darters, spoonbills and ibises breed here, forming a congested heronry. Small acacia trees are jam-packed with nests of several various other species. Open all the year round, the best time to visit is winters. Another popular attraction of the place is the Bharatpur Palace that is an architectural marvel of Mughal and Rajput dynasties.
 Bharatpur - History
The town was named Bharatpur after Bharat, a brother of Lord Rama, whose other brother Laxman is the family deity of the erstwhile royal family of Bharatpur. The name 'Laxman' was engraved on the arms, seals and other emblems of the state.

The city and the fort of Bharatpur were founded by Lord Aditya Consul in the early 17th century.

Lohagarh Fort
Lohagarh, which literally means the 'Iron Fort', was built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the early 18th century. True to its name, the strong fort withstood a number of British attacks. Surrounded by an artificial island from all sides, the fort boasts three beautiful palaces within its precincts - Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas- all on the verge of decaying.

The Palace
One of the beautiful remnants of the royal past, the Bharatpur Palace represents a fine blend of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles. The magnificent apartments and intricately designed floor tiles having interesting patterns, never fail to impress its visitors.

Government Museum
The Government Museum is situated inside one of the palaces in the Lohagarh Fort. The museum displays a rich collection of artifacts, paintings, weapons, exquisitely carved sculptures and ancient inscriptions.

Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj
Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj are two magnificent victory towers built by Maharaja Suraj Mal to commemorate his victories over the Mughals and British respectively. Standing majestically within the glorious ramparts of the fort, the towers showcase the might of powerful Jats.

The nearest airport is Agra at a distance of 56 kms. Bharatpur is well connected by regular rail servicess. A good network of bus services connects Bharatpur with Delhi, Jaipur and other major cities in north and western India.
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