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Best Time To Go
October - March

Places Nearby Bharatpur

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Deeg Fort 
This fort, built by Raja Suraj Mal, stands majestically over a slightly elevated point. Impressive moats, ramparts and gateways surround it; the interiors are mostly in ruins now, but the watch tower still stands among the ruins, keeping an eye over the city and the palace; over it is placed a gun captured from Agra Fort. Another defunct cannon, which was captured from Ahmad Shah Abdali (1761 AD), who seized the Fort for six months guards a vantage point.

Bayana 45 km
Bayana is situated between two ranges of Aravallis hills running more or less parallel to each other close to the left bank of Gambhir river, formerly a tributary of Banganga. The famous fort known as Bijay Garh (Vijagarh) was built by the famous Hindu King Banasur, in the time of Lord Krishna & was renovated by Maharaja Vijay Pal in whose time the two families of Karauli & Bharatpur separated. One brother built the fort of Timangarh, laying the foundation of the royal house of Karauli. Bharatpur’s ruling family are the descendants of Bijai Pal, a Jadaon Rajput. The fort here is considered to be the 3rd largest in India. The palace, a high tower & Bhim Lath stand out as landmarks. The fort was held by Muhammad Ghori (1196 AD) Sikandar Lodi (1492) & Humayun (1535 AD). In 1526 AD Mughal emperor Babar described it as one of the most famous forts in India. Ain-i-Akbar mentions that in former times Bayana was the capital of a province of which Agra was a dependant village. Emperor Akbar witnesses a march past of his troops from a place near Bayana town as “Chardari” which has the inscription on it. This was engraved by the noble & literature of Mughal court, Mir Mohammad Masum.

Weir
The town of Weir was founded by Badan Singh in the first half of the 18th centaury. He built a palace, fort & a garden here. The place is linked to Pratap Singh, the second surviving son of Badan Singh & the brother of Maharaja Surajmal. The palace is made to look like Deeg & the fort is very beautiful. The garden close to the palace was named Nau Kakha Bagh due to abundance of trees. One more garden in the palace is called Phulbari. Weir was also surrounded by a high mud wall, flanked by semi- circular bastions with a wide but shallow ditch.

Kaman
Kaman is a very old town, situated in the north of Bharatpur. It forms a part of Brij area, where Lord Krishna spent his early life. It is also known as Kamaban. Its former name is said to have been Brahampore, but Raja Kama Sen the maternal grand father of Lord Krishna changed it to Kaman after his own name. Kaman is the short name of Kadambawana for numerous Kadhamba tress found here. It is a place of pilgrimage, annually visited by a large number of Vaishnavas, in the month of Bhadon as a part of Banyatra. The remains of a temple / mosque consisting of 84 pillars, named “Chourasi Khamba” still exist here. None of the pillars are without ornament & some are very highly decorated.

Rupbas
Rupbas was founded by Rup singh, originally a descendent of the Chittaur Maharana, but converted to Islam in the reign of Akbar the Great & subsequently called Mian Rup. He built a palace & a beautiful tank which are still in existence. Palaces of Rupbas were used as shooting lodges during hunting by emperors Akbar & Jahangir’s. Raised slabs of stone are still found in the large game preserve in the neighborhood of Rupbas from which the emperor used to shoot. Here at Rupbas also exists a garden with handsome building erected by Maharaja Balwant Singh of Bharatpur.

Bandh Baretha 60 kms
Band Baretha, is the old wildlife reserve of the rulers of Bharatpur state. There is a dam on “Kakund” river. The foundation stone of this dam was laid in 1866 AD by Maharaja Jaswant Singh & it was completed in 1897 – 98 Ad during Maharaja Ram Singh’s rule. There is an old palace near the lake, built by Maharaja Kishan Sing. The palace is still a private property of the Bharatpur royal family. Band Baretha is inhabited by animals like sambhar, chital, blue bull, wild boar, hyena & leopard. It is also inhabited by 200 rare species of birds. Every year a number of bird watchers come here.

Purana Mahal
It is the oldest palace, planned as a spacious rectangle which is encircled by compartments & chambers. It has a collection of some very fine paintings from Rajput & Mughal schools. All the palaces are rich in history & one can observe a strong Mughal influence. The beauty is to be seen to be believed.

Dholpur
Dholpur, although a humble village, is loaded with fascinating facts of history, & has a marked Mughal influence. It is a place worth visiting.

The red sandstone from Dholpur is famous throughout the country & was used in the construction of the Red Fort at Delhi. Dholpur has witnessed many battles due to its proximity to Agra. Sikandar Lodhi plundered it in 1501 Ad, uprooting all its gardens. Babar mentions that it was surrendered to him in 1562 AD. The oldest Mughal Garden, Built by Babar, was discovered at Jhor, 16 Kms from Dholpur. The grandeur of this garden is still reflected in its ruins.