Bharatpur Trip

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The vehicle was waiting for us at Bharatpur station. The first destination was the guest house at Bharatpur. Saw the rooms and chose a Non A/c double room. That was a big mistake. I did not anticipate the weather to be hot in the month of September. After spending around half an hour in the room I felt that I should have chosen an A/c room. After having a bath and a cup of tea, we left for Deeg Palace at around 10:30. When we informed the driver about our visit to Deeg Palace, he mentioned about the recent riots in Bharatpur and asked Mr. Arun Singh if it would be okay to go to Deeg. Mr. Singh informed that the route to Deeg was free of trouble.

The road was Deeg goes through Kumher Gate and that part of the route was bad. After that the road was bad in parts. We reached Deeg just at around 11:20 at the first gate. This gate is normally closed and the visitors have to go to the second gate which is about 2 minutes drive from the 1st gate. You have to take a right from the circle and go straight till you see the 2nd gate. Here is the ticket counter for Deeg Palace. Entry fee is Rs 5/- per person, no camera charges. The palace was/is famous for its fountains. These fountains are rarely used nowadays. As per the guide these fountains are used during a fair which is held in the month of September. There are quite a few Bhawans inside the palace complex. One of them is Gopal Bhawan which has quite a few artifacts. There is also a Diwan-I-Khaas here. We paid the guide Rs 50/- for showing around the palace. Deeg Palace also has a well maintained garden and two lakes which are used by locals for washing their clothes. Photograpny is not allowed in Gopal Bhawan and Diwan-I-Khaas

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One of the many fountains

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Garden inside the complex

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After visiting Deeg Palace we again came back to Bharatpur, had our lunch around 2:00 and then went to see Ganga Temple. The temple was closed and I was informed that it would open at 16:00 pm. Next stop was Lohagarh fort. Entry fee is Rs 5/- per person, no camera charges. Inside the fort complex there are several residences of public now. The actual fort has been converted to a hospital. You can see the Museum here which is a bit far from the hospital. The museum has a hamam and quite a few artifacts on the ground floor. There is also some more artifacts on the first floor and you get a good view of Bharatpur city from the roof of the museum. After spending around 45 minutes we left for the bird sanctuary.

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View of Bharatpur City

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We reached the sanctuary around 4:00 pm. The migratory birds are seen during the winter months of November, December, January and February. We could see only a few local birds. We hired a cycle rickshaw and a guide to show us around the bird sanctuary. During the off season the tour is till the Keoladeo Temple. Apart from the birds we were able to see a few Nilgai’s, a fox and a monitor lizard. I personally thought the visit to the sanctuary was a waste of money. The cycle rickshaw charges Rs 70/- per hour and the guide charges Rs 100/- per hour. Our tour inside the sanctuary was for around 2 hours, so we had to shell Rs 400/- apart from the entry fees to the sanctuary which is Rs 50/- per person, no camera charges but charges for video shooting. There are quite a few cycle rickshaw-wallas who double up as guides also. All the guides carry a binocular with them. I saw a few foreigners who were using the best medium of transport inside the sanctuary, bicycles. They are available for about Rs 50/- for the entire day. Good time to visit the sanctuary is early in the morning or later in the evening. The park is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. There is an ITDC Ashok inside the park. Private vehicles are not allowed beyond the check post inside the park and for using the vehicle till here you have to pay Rs 100/-. After this there are only 3 modes of transport walking, cycle rickshawas or cycles. There were a couple of battery operated buses which were under repair. These buses can also be used by tourists.

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Painted Storks

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Sanctuary Landscape

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Stayed at Kiran Guest House 364, Rajendra Nagar, Near Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur
Website: www.kiranguesthouse.com
Email: kiranguesthouse@yahoo.co.in
Contact: Mr Arun Singh Cell: 09828269930 Land Line: 91-5644-223845
I would recommend this place provided you take an A/c room during summer and in the month of September-October. Good room service, home made food, 24 hours hot water.
I opted for Rs 500/- per day non A/c room. Other options available are an Rs 300/- standard room, Rs 750/- window A/c room and Rs 1000/- split A/c room with bath tub.

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Here ended our Bharatpur leg and we departed next day to Fatehpur Sikri.
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@aarosh interesting & informative write up.
I visited bird sanctuary in year 2009 when there was no water but still interesting enough we spent 5 hrs there.
What impressed me most is the knowledge of Riksha-drivers about birds.
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Thanks for the write up & photos.

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Lovely photos. I visited Bharatpur several years ago in October, and there was plenty of water and lots of migratory birds. It's best to go at sunrise.
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Nice write up Aarosh. I enjoyed my time there too, lovely and peaceful between a hectic Agra and Jaipur.
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Thank you , Aarosh! Love the pictures and the text. Deeg Palace sounds fascinating--will hope for civil calm in the area in early February. Didnt knwo about riots in Bharatpur 'til seeing your post.
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Originally Posted by Savage Garden View Post @aarosh interesting & informative write up.
I visited bird sanctuary in year 2009 when there was no water but still interesting enough we spent 5 hrs there.
What impressed me most is the knowledge of Riksha-drivers about birds.
Thanks savagegarden. If there is no water the trip inside the sanctuary is not that enjoyable.

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Thanks for the write up & photos.

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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa View Post Lovely photos. I visited Bharatpur several years ago in October, and there was plenty of water and lots of migratory birds. It's best to go at sunrise.
Agreed, best to go during sunrise. Also it is better to check the current water situation. I think it is best to go without any expectations.

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Originally Posted by OceanTragic View Post Nice write up Aarosh. I enjoyed my time there too, lovely and peaceful between a hectic Agra and Jaipur.
With you there OT. A calm and peaceful place.

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Originally Posted by rebeccam View Post Thank you , Aarosh! Love the pictures and the text. Deeg Palace sounds fascinating--will hope for civil calm in the area in early February. Didnt knwo about riots in Bharatpur 'til seeing your post.
Those riots were long back rebecca, 3-4 days before I went there. Now I do not think there is any problem there. Deeg is very good.
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AArosh curious about the current situation. what is it like now?
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happyarun, are you talking about the riots or water situation?

I think that you are talking about the water situation. I do not have any idea about the current water situation. When I was there, the guide was saying that if the water from the dam nearby is released then there would be water at the sanctuary.

As I have stated previously, it is better to go to the sanctuary without any expectations. It is a calm and serene place. The best mode of transport is the bicycles.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post I think that you are talking about the water situation. I do not have any idea about the current water situation. When I was there, the guide was saying that if the water from the dam nearby is released then there would be water at the sanctuary.

As I have stated previously, it is better to go to the sanctuary without any expectations. It is a calm and serene place. The best mode of transport is the bicycles.
I'm guessing one can't actually find out beforehand about the "water situation" anyway?! It looks so beautiful and green!! Perfect place to go for a bike ride!!
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Hi Friends.. can anyone please guide me on how to start a new thread? On the bottom of my browser it shows that I may not post a new thread..
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@deba72, go to the forum where you want to create a new thread. On top you will see "New Thread". You can not create new threads in some forums for example in Travel Photologues, India for Beginners etc.
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Very nice travelogue and photos, aarosh.

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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa View Post Lovely photos. I visited Bharatpur several years ago in October, and there was plenty of water and lots of migratory birds. It's best to go at sunrise.
Late afternoon is good as well. Birds are settling down at the end of the day, looking for someplace to roost for the night. I went in March 2011, arriving at nearly 4:00 pm. Photo ops were excellent. I was very happy with what I captured.

I agree about the rickshaw drivers' knowledge. My driver said he had worked there for 24 years. He was wonderful.

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