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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)

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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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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

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.