Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bharatpur Birds Sanctuary

            Bharatpur has not that much of rich heritage sites, architecturally or even, commercially like the other cities of Rajasthan. But it is the home of more than 380 species of beautiful feathered birds, and this is the reason why visitors want to visit this place time and again. It is situated in the eastern part Rajasthan of India and significant for Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. The best season to visit is October to February. Here, mainly Hindi and English are spoken. Distance from Agra is 56 km and from New Delhi is 215 km. Brij Festival is the most colorful festival of Bharatpur. It is celebrated prior to the festival of Holi, which marks the beginning of the spring season and end of winters and thus, falls mostly in March.

              The villagers wear traditional costumes that are dyed in bright vivacious colors, sing Holi songs and enact Raslila dance that depicts the playful dance of Krishna with 'gopis'. The reenactment and the overall atmosphere of the region during the festival, is full of gaiety and enthusiasm. Everybody, whether young or old, men or women, give in to the boisterous moods of the festival and celebrate with folk melodies and performances, warm and hearty smiles and splashing colors on everybody. Visiting Bharatpur during this time gives you a chance to have first-hand experience of the festival

The temperature ranges from 38° C to 45° C in summers. There is retrieve when the monsoons approach in July and August and decreases the temperature to about 27°C. Winters are cold and temperature may drop down below 10°C. Fog and mist is common throughout January.

What to Wear
Loose cotton clothes are the most appropriate outfits to wear in Bharatpur in summer and warm woolen clothes in winter. Hat or a scarf can also be used as a head covering, and drinking lots of water would be beneficial to avoid heat strokes. Tourists must wear comfortable footwear, as they will have to walk a lot for sightseeing in the bird sanctuary.

   How to Reach Bharatpur

By Air : International flights are accessible to and from New Delhi only.

By Train : Bharatpur is well connected by trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and other major cities of India.

By Road : Bharatpur is linked to Agra and Jaipur via good roads. Buses are available to and from Agra (time duration of two hours) and Fatehpur Sikri (time duration of one hour) and many other places.

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