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Top Specialty Hotels in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

This is the list of the top three specialty hotels of Bharatpur.

(The list is subject to the number of user reviews we get from the visitors of Bharatpur.)

The Birder’s Inn
(Bird Sanctuary Road)

The Birder's Inn

A modern facility with a slight touch of Rajasthani tradition – the Birder’s Inn is a fantastic place to relax and rejuvenate. Large plush rooms with sophisticated baths, a beautiful sprawling garden and a variety of cuisines is what makes Birder’s Inn a favourite of most visitors. The hotel offers five types of cuisines, including Continental, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Mexican. The icing on the cake is, of course, Mr.Tirath Singh’s (the caretaker) wit and humor.

The staff is well-trained and all their services are offered with a platter full of smile! Despite the homely atmosphere facilitated by Mr. Singh the workforce is extremely professional. The best part is that the Birder’s Inn has not used the luxuries and pamperings as an excuse to increase prices. They are competitive and conveniently located at a distance of half a kilometer from the bird sanctuary.

User Rating: 4.8/5

Mahal Khas Palace
(Lohagarh Fort)

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This is a heritage building situated in the middle of the Lohagarh Fort. The palace was built by Maharaja Balwant Singh in 1826. The architecture is typically Mughal. The building has 2 patios, intricate murals and beautiful sculptures. All the rooms and deluxe suites are beautifully decorated and equipped with private balconies. Mr Abhay Vir Singh has a great penchant for hospitality. His immaculate hospitality skills added to the old-time feel of the building makes it a delightful experience for visitors.

Despite being an old palace, all the rooms are equipped with television sets and AC. Mahal Khas Palace offers Indian and continental cuisine. All in all, it’s quite a value for money.

User Rating: 4/5

Hotel Saras
(Saras Choraha)

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Located at a 10-minute distance from Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, this is an Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (RTDC) hotel. Like its counterparts, it does not offer too much in terms of luxury but it has all the necessities in place. To put it crisply, it’s a basic hotel which facilitates a clean, comfortable stay. The staff is reasonably professional, though not very well-dressed. It is recommended to ask for one of the rooms which overlook the main road, as the early morning feel is extremely rejuvenating.

User Rating: 3.8/5

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Luxury Hotels in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Yes, it’s a small city. No, there is no dearth of accommodation facilities for all kinds of tourists and travelers. Bharatpur boasts of some big names of the hospitality industry. This is a list of the best luxury hotels in Bharatpur. (This list is subject to the number of user reviews we get from the visitors of Bharatpur.)

The Bagh Resort Bharatpur
(Old Agra, Achnera Road)

The Bagh Resort BharatpurA home away from home! That’s why Bagh Resort is a good option for those who are looking to escape the hustle-bustle of city life or are planning a quiet, romantic honeymoon. The 22 rooms in the resort are surrounded by a beautiful bagh or garden, where peacocks can be spotted early mornings. The rooms are huge, the surrounding quite scenic, the staff well-trained and food decent. The prices are slightly high @ Rs.5,500 and above.

User Rating: 4/5

Hotel Surya Vilas Palace
(NH 11 Fatehpur Sikri Road)

Hotel Surya Vilas Palace

This hotel offers rooms for Rs.3,000 per night and is quite a value for money. Situated in a beautiful property, the rooms are spacious and well maintained. The décor has an appealing traditional rajasthani touch. However, the best part is the personalized attention that the concierge and his staff bestow on you. The rooms and baths are well equipped with equipment for every season. The hotel has a beautiful garden lawn as well as a pool.

User Rating: 4.2/5

Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel
(Kakaji Ki Kothi)

hotel laxmi vilas palace bharatpurThis heritage site is a restored property whose décor harks back to the bygone era of the rajas and mharajas. Keeping with that long-lost time, the entire hotel is marbled floors. The rooms are huge, the beds decorated in an authentic Rajasthani style. Keeping with the kind of maintenance it requires, the room rents are Rs.4,000 and above.

User Rating: 4.5/5

Budget Hotels in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

This is a list of some of the budget hotels in Bharatpur.
(This list is subject to the number of user reviews we get from the visitors of Bharatpur.)

Evergreen Guest House
(Gauri Shankar colony)
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At Rs.364, this guest house offers very good service. The rooms are large and equipped with all the basic facilities. Food is also quite good.

User Rating: 2/5

Hotel Spoonbill & New Spoonbill
(Near Tourist Reception Center)
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Here, rooms are available for Rs.750 and above and services are value for money. It is actually a residential place in which the owner’s family rents out 4-5 rooms to visitors. Conveniently located at Saras Chowk, Hotel Spoonbill boasts of a library, in order to acquaint visitors with the attractions of the city. The rooms are equipped with western bathrooms and toilets and the food offerings are customized to suit the taste buds of visitors. There is facility for a bonfire in the compound for the winter months.

User Rating: 2.3/5

Hotel Park Regency
(Bird Sanctuary Road)
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This hotel seems to have all the facilities – except that none of them are in a working condition. The rooms are equipped with televisions and the baths with geysers, however, due to lack of maintenance they do not work at times. There is no power backup in the hotel. Despite all the inconveniences, the room charges are as high as Rs.1,100. Park Regency is not value for money at all.

User Rating: 1/5

Swaraj Resorts
(Opposite Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary)
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Rooms in Swaraj Resorts are offered at Rs.1,200 or more but they have beautiful rooms and picturesque gardens to justify the price. The resort is situated at a 3-minute walking distance from the Keoladeo bird sanctuary. The staff at Swaraj are humble and, most often than not, supplicant. Visitors putting up at this hotel are recommended to have their breakfast in the garden. The natural, early-morning breeze, in addition to the musical notes from birds, make for an excellent, relaxing ambience.

User rating: 4/5

B’n’B Facilities @ Bharatpur, Rajasthan

The Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan is well equipped with hospitality facilities to ensure that your stay in the city is comfortable. This is a list of some of the most well-equipped bed and breakfast facilities in the city.

(The list of B&B is subject to the number of user reviews we get from visitors of Bharatpur.)

Iora Guest House
(54,Gauri-Shankar Colony)

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A quaint, neat little place, Iora maintains a stunning degree of cleanliness, taking into account the fact that it’s a budget accommodation (Rs.450/night and above). The food offered is nothing short of excellent – in fact, this factor is exactly what makes Iora a home away from home. Furthermore, the bird sanctuary is at a 10 minutes distance from the guest house.

All in all, Iora is an absolute value for money! Another reason for a wonderful experience is the owner, Devendra Singh’s, resourcefulness in catering to visitors’ travel needs. Mr. Singh is a professional photographer and wildlife conservationist.

User Rating: 4.9/5

Royal Guest House
(B-15, Civil Lines)

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If you do not wish to stay near the noisy highway, this is the best place B&B to put up in. The high point of this place is that the food is cooked by the caretaker’s wife from vegetables grown in the kitchen garden. Meals have to be ordered an hour in advance because they start chopping the veggies only after you place the order J

Additionally, the sanctuary is just at a 10-minute walking distance. Royal Guest House facilitates money exchange and internet facilities (free of charge). The room rent starts at Rs.400/night.

User Rating: 4.2/5

Jungle Lodge
(Gori Shankar Colony)

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Situated just half a kilometer away from Keoladeo National Park, the Jungle Lodge is known for its sprawling gardens. There are rooms in two different sizes, therefore priced differently – the bigger rooms are for Rs.400 and the smaller ones are for Rs.300. The rooms on the second floor have access to a lovely veranda.

The owner of Jungle Lodge, Ashok, is a naturalist and proves to be a very helpful guide for the sanctuary. His wife, Indu, is an excellent cook. Most of the food cooked in the lodge is grown in the garden itself.

User Rating: 3.8/5

Attractions in Bharatpur, Rajasthan: Part 3

This is the third of the three blog series delineating the unmissable attractions of Bharatpur. This post will talk of the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

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Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Egrets, Cormorants, Siberian cranes, Pelicans, Darters, Herons, Pintail, Common Teal, Shelduck, Mallard – and you just have to name the variety to be able to spot it in the Park! Starting from the gracious Saras cranes to migratory water fowls to predatory Imperial eagles to some of the most beautiful peacocks you will ever spot – the park has all the varieties to complete the avian food chain.

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Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary hosts more than 375 species of birds and is the breeding ground for over 135 species. This is despite the fact that the park itself is just 29sq/km. For bird lovers, the Park is a pilgrim spot since migratory birds from China, Europe, Siberia and Tibet can also be found here. Some animals, too, can be spotted, including the Sambhar, Nigais, Black Buck, Spotted deer and Pythons.

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The sanctuary’s existence is traced to the British reign when it was known as one of the ideal duck shooting spots. In 1956, it was turned into a reserve for birds and soon named as a National Park. Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary has also been named as a world heritage site.

Quick Tips for the National Park

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  • Your visit to the park will last for 5 hours or more. Therefore, it is advisable to carry your sunshades and water bottles. For a very enriching experience of the bird sanctuary, you must carry your binoculars.
  • Entry fees is 50/- for Indians and 200/- for foreign nationals.
  • The best way to explore the park is either on foot or by bicycles. However, you can even opt for open horse carriages and cycle rickshaws. A horse carriage will charge up to 800/- for a 5-hour trip.
  • If you have opted for an Electra Van which is offered by the forest department, your vehicle will be allowed only till the Shanti Kutir.
  • There is an accommodation facility inside the Park – Bharatpur Forest Lodge – maintained by the government of Bharatpur.  There is also a lesser expensive Shanti Kutir, maintained by the ITDC.
  • Surprisingly, the carriage and rickshaw drivers can double up as guides and prove to be quite a repository of information regarding birds. For those of you looking to save some money can confidently rely on these drivers since they have been trained by the sanctuary management in bird watching.

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Quick Tips for Bharatpur

  • The best time to visit Bharatpur is between October and March. Summers and monsoons are best avoided. March to June sees the temperature varying from 37°C to 45°C. The monsoon month (July to September) is comparatively cooler at 27°C, but humidity makes sightseeing quite a task.
  • Bharatpur is 200kms from Delhi, 270kms from Jaipur and 70kms from Agra.
  • Bharatpur has a large number of hotels and guest houses – government and private, forest rest houses, budget motels and dak bunglows. (Check this). The mode of travel within the city is, more often than not, auto-rickshaws. You can even consider booking a jeep.

Attractions in Bharatpur, Rajasthan: Part 2

This is the second of the three blog series delineating the unmissable attractions of Bharatpur. This post will talk about the Deeg Palace and fort.

Deeg Palace

Deeg Palace and Fort

While this is another proof of Maharaja Suraj Mal’s fort-building spree and aesthetics, Deeg is also a nature lover’s hotspot. This town lies north of Bharatpur and boasts of a beautiful garden township

IMG_3420and a meticulously-laid palace which displays the engineering skills of the era at its best. Probably, the Deeg palace draws its charm from the fact that it was the idyllic summer retreat of the royals. And like most vacation homes, the palace is replete with spectacular fountains, well-preserved garden, imposing arcades and spacious pavilions.

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What’s spectacular about the fountains? The Deeg palace fountains are still in working condition and they emit colorful water. Despite the reservoir supplying water to the fountains is the same, every jet spews out water of a different color. These fountains are turned on only twice a year.

IMG_3400Deeg Palace houses several bhawans or mansions by the names of Gopal, Suraj, Kishan, Nand, Keshav and Hardev. All these mansions form a quadrangle. Gopal Bhawan is the largest of the mansions and is divided into two smaller sections, called Sawan and Bhadon.

IMG_3393An interesting feature of the bhawan is that while a front view gives the feel of a single storey, the rear view clearly shows an additional storey submerged in water. This architecture served two purposes – it lends a cooling effect in the summers, while creating an illusion of a lake palace.

Another curious feature is that this mansion has a hollow ceiling and pillars, equipped with iron spheres. Water was engineered to flow through the ceiling and the columns. When the iron spheres would collide with each other, they would produce a sound very similar to that of rain. The mansion walls also have small apertures through which water can flow sufficiently to form a curtain. Running fountains, sounds of thunder from the ceilings accompanied with pleasant sprays from the water curtain, the Maharajas would never feel the dearth of monsoons in Deeg.

If you wish to visit the Deeg Palace, the best season would be February. Not only would Rajasthan be more pleasant in that month, February 4 is also the day when the fountains are turned on.

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Quick Facts

  • The best time to visit Deeg is between October and March.
  • Deeg is at a distance of 32kms from the Bharatpur bird sanctuary.
  • Bharatpur is 200kms from Delhi, 270kms from Jaipur and 70kms from Agra.
  • It is always recommended to stay in Bharatpur, which has a large number of hotels and guest houses – government and private, forest resthouses, budget motels and dak bunglows. (Check this). You can stay in any of these accommodations and take a jeep or an auto-rickshaw to visit Deeg.

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Attractions in Bharatpur, Rajasthan: Part 1

Yes, the Keoladeo bird sanctuary and Bharatpur are synonymous to each other. However, that’s not the only spectacular place in the city! The foundation was laid for the city of Bharatpur around 100AD when the Jats migrated to India. For a small city, Bharatpur has quite an intricate and gory history involving the founders – the Jat rulers, the Mughal reign and the transfer of power to the British East India Company. This rich history has left its mark on Bharatpur in the form of architectural and cultural heritage.

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In fact, Bharatpur is a city of forts. The interesting forts and palaces in and around the city reflect the sheer architectural brilliance while offering a glimpse of the ceremonious lifestyle followed by the royals. This is the first of a three blog series about the major attractions in Bharatpur.

Lohagarh Fort and Museum

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Lohagarh or the Iron Fort has lived up to its name several times in the course of history. Lohagarh’s modest appearance belies its strength. Constructed during the reign of Maharaja Suraj Mal, this fort has withstood repeated attacks by the Mughals and later, by the British army. The British army had to compromise with the rulers of Bharatpur several times due to the impregnable nature of the fort. However, in 1805, the forces led by Lord Gerard Lake managed to capture the fort after a six-week long siege.

The Lohagarh fort houses several monuments – Kothi Khas, Kishori Mahal and Mahal Khas – and towers – Fateh Burj and Jawahar Burj, symbolizing the victories won by Bharatpur over the Mughals and British. There is also an Ashtadhatu (8-metal) gateway.

Legend has it that the Ashtadhatu gateway belonged to the Chittorgarh fort, which was taken away by Alauddin Khilji of Delhi after a battle. By the end of the 17th century, the victorious Jats brought the gate back from Delhi to Bharatpur.

The palace attached to the fort is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The gigantic apartments of the palace, the intricate patterns etched on the walls and the patterned tiles on the floor bear evidence of the grand and magnificent lifestyle led by the rulers of Bharatpur. The museum hosts 4000 antiquities, including some distinguished sculptures from various parts of India, arms, inscriptions and ornamental art objects.

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Quick Facts

  • The best time to visit Bharatpur is between October and March. Summers and monsoons are best avoided. March to June sees the temperature varying from 37°C to 45°C. The monsoon month (July to September) is comparatively cooler at 27°C, but humidity makes sightseeing quite a task.
  • Bharatpur is 200kms from Delhi, 270kms from Jaipur and 70kms from Agra.
  • Bharatpur has a large number of hotels and guest houses – government and private, forest rest houses, budget motels and dak bunglows. (Check this). The mode of travel within the city is, more often than not, auto-rickshaws. You can even consider booking a jeep.