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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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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.

Bharatpur

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

Braj Mahotasav 2009

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.