The eastern gateway into the royal state of Rajasthan, Bharatpur is better known as the ‘bird paradise’ and all for good reason as it is home to one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the country. Bharatpur is located close to the city of Agra and is in close proximity to the infamous Golden triangle of tourism in India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Bharatpur shares its borders with the Gurgaon district of Haryana in the north and with Agra and Mathura districts of the state of Uttar Pradesh in the east. The city derives its name from the second brother of the Hindu deity Lord Ram who ruled as his substitute.
The history of Bharatpur dates back to the early 5th century when the dynasty of Matsya, ally of the Pandavas were ruling the land, during the era of the Mahabharata. Legend has it that Lord Laxman other younger brother of Lord Ram was given the most prestigious position of being the ruling deity of Bharatpur. His name appears in the state seals and coat of arms.
Bharatpur was the only kingdom under the rule of non-Rajput rulers, which was carved out from a former state of Mewat by the king Suraj Mal in 1733. It is a prime tourist spot not only for its rich royal history and heritage, but also as it is home to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park which is visited every winter by several species of migratory birds including the Siberian cranes.
The city lies close to Agra and is accessible by road, rail and flight from all major Indian cities. The distance of Bharatpur from certain major Indian cities are:
Delhi - 182 km,
Agra - 57 km,
Best time to visit: October to March
Languages Spoken : Rajasthani, Hindi and English
Mawa Kachodi, Dal Baati Churma, Malpuas, Pakodi, Khud Khargosh and Bharwa Bhindi.
Bharatpur is a special mention in the state of Rajasthan with unique history and heritage that is the symbol of perseverance. The people of Bharatpur first revolted against the terror of the Mughal rule. It was Badan Singh who defeated the Mughals and was then crowned as the king and conferred the title Raja in the year 1724. His adoptive son Suraj Mal later captured the fort of Bharatpur and laid the foundation of the city there. The British troops had tried to capture Bharatpur but failed to do so, however, the city came under the British reign in 1825. Today the modern Bharatpur still echoes its imperial and colonial past with the modern identity of one of the richest nature reserves.
We will arrive at the former capital of the Jat Kingdom at the last wing of our royal journey aboard the Palace on Wheels train. Bharatpur truly serves as the bird and nature lover's paradise attracting millions of keen eyes from all over the world to witness the winged beauties. The place is situated close to Agra the Mughal city that houses the Taj Mahal one of the 7 wonders of the world.
As the Palace on Wheels train rolls into the Bharatpur railway station, our guests will be escorted to a guided tour of the infamous Keoladeo National Park. Followed by an enchanting tour of the nature reserve we will arrive back to the train for a sumptuous breakfast, while our ride will move towards Agra. On arrival in Agra we will sample a lavish lunch courtesy of the finest Clarks Shiraz hotel of Agra. Post lunch we will visit the Taj Mahal and then take up a leisurely stroll of the city market. As the day draws to an end we will venture back to our luxury ride for the night and make way for arrival at Safdarjung station in Delhi.