While many of India’s parks have been developed from the hunting preserves of princely India; Keoladeo, popularly known as Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, is perhaps the only case where the habitat has been created by a Maharaja. In earlier times, Bharatpur town used to be flooded regularly every monsoon. In 1760, an earthen dam (Ajan Dam) was constructed, to save the town, from this annual vagary of nature. The depression created by extraction of soil for the dam was cleared and this became the Bharatpur Lake.
Location: In the northern state of India, Rajasthan.
Major Tourist Attractions: Government Umaid Museum, Mandore, Kailana Lake, Mahamandir Temple, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada
Best Buys: Leather products, handicrafts & antiques, wooden & iron furniture, Jodhpuri handicrafts, jewelry & silver, carpets and textiles
Best Hangout: Girdikot and Sardar Market, central market, or Ghasmandi Bazaar.
Nearby Tourist Destinations: Jaipur, Ajmer, Mount Abu, Bikaner, Udaipur, Jaisalmer.
Major Tourits Attractions:
Keoladev Ghana Bird Sanctuary
The Keolodeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies between two of India’s most historic Kevladev Ghana National Parkcities Agra and Jaipur. The name keoladeo is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva in the sanctuary. s central zone while the Hindi term ‘Ghana’ implies dense, thick areas of forest cover.
Bharatpur Government Museum:
One of the major attention grabber after the Bharatpur sanctuary is Government Museum of Bharatpur, which provides a glimpse of the past royal splendor of Bharatpur.
Not far from the museum is the Bharatpur Palace, an marvelous structural blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
The invincible Lohagarh Fort, which remained unconquered despite several attacks by the British regime.
Situated just 32-kms away from Bharatpur is the Deeg Palace. A strong and massive fortress, Deeg Palace was the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur and houses numerous beautiful palaces and gardens.