Bharatpur is the eastern gateway to Rajasthan and is 56 Km drive to Agra. Bharatpur is the major destination for bird lovers from the world. Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the finest Bird Sanctuary in Asia.
The massive Fort was build in 18th century by Maharaja Suraj Mal. The Fort has many Palaces in. ‘Loha’ means iron. The fort has been named after such a strong metal to signify its strength. It is believed to be one of the strongest forts of all times. History has seen how the fort was attacked a number of times and how it has withstood each one of those. Neither the Mughals, nor the British had enough power to break through the strong walls of the fort. The structure incorporates a number of monuments most of which were built as a symbol of victory.
The palace is a marvellous blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The magnificent apartments are richly decorated with patterned floor tiles with exquisite intricate designs. The museum occupies the main central wing depicting collections dating back to 2nd century, which reflect the art and skill of the region.
An interesting museum is also a part of these monuments that has a number of items to amuse anyone interested in history.
Jawahar Burj & Fateh Burj
Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj a few of the eight imposing towers still stand erect within the glorious ramparts of the fort. Especially two of them – Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj are of special interest. These were built by Maharaja Suraj Mal to commemorate his victories over the Mughals and British respectively. The coronation ceremony of the Jat rulers of Bharatpur was also held at the Jawahar Burj. The Jawahar Burj was built by Suraj Mal in 1765, in celebration of the successful attack on Delhi. There are a series of pavilions here, the ceilings of which display some badly deteriorating frescoes. The Fateh Burj is a victory tower , raised after driving away the British forces in 1805. It was from these towers that the Jat Maharajas happily surveyed their fast-growing territory.
It is different from the other forts in the state in that there is no flamboyance associated with the fort. However, it generates an aura of strength and magnificence.
Deeg (34) from Bharatpur
Located 34 kms form Bharatpur is the ancient town of Deeg. It finds mention in Skanda Purana as 'Dirgha' or 'Dirghapura'. The place is now known for its famous palaces, gardens and fountains. The famous old fortress of Deeg, which contributed substantially in the making of the Jat principality, is now in shambles. Its formidable cannons now lie abandoned in the forlorn fort.
Deeg was the first capital of the newly carved out Jat state, when Badan Singh was proclaimed its ruler in 1722 AD. The royal palace, built by Badan Singh, on the southern side of the garden is now called as Purana Mahal or the old palace. Deeg, because of its strategic location and proximity to Mathura and Agra was vulnerable to repeated attacks by invaders. In 1730 AD, the Crown Prince Surajmal is reported to have erected the strong fortress with towering walls, bastions, a deep moat and high ramparts about 20 feet wide, in the southern portion of the town.
Distance from Bharatpur
Agra - 56 kms
Where to stay
Laxmi Villas Palace
RTDC Hotel Saras