Monday, April 13, 2020

Basic data and tourism information on Bharatpur District of Rajasthan


Bharatpur District at a Glance
General
·                     District:                      Bharatpur
·                     Headquarters:          Bharatpur
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·                     Total:                          5066
·                     Rural:                         4916
·                     Urban:                        150
Population (Census 2011) 
·                     Population:               2548462
·                     Rural:                         2053363
·                     Urban:                       495099
·                     Male:                          1355726
·                     Female:                      1192736
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):         880
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):           503
Constituencies (ECI) 
·                     Assembly:       7
·                     Lok Sabha:     1
The town of Bharatpur is the District Headquarters and Divisional Headquarters. Bharatpur District is a part of National Capital Region of India
It is bounded by NUH district of Haryana on the north, Mathura and Agra districts of Uttar Pradesh on the east, and the district of Dholpur on the south, Karauli on the southwest, Dausa on the west and Alwar district in the north-west.
Three rivers, the Ban Ganga, Rooparel, and Gambhir, cross the district. The Ban Ganga originates in Jaipur District, passes through Dausa and Bharatpur districts to meet the Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh. The Gambhir River starts from Pachana Dam of Karauli District, and meets the Ban Ganga in Bayana Tehsil. The Rooparel River starts from hills of Alwar District and enters the district in Kaman Tehsil.
When Bharatpur was a princely state, it was the only political entity ever to have a chartreuse colored flag.

PLACES OF INTEREST

KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK

Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

This is a bird sanctuary, also known as Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Bharatpur is a very popular tourist spot in Rajasthan and most of the Rajasthan tours invariably include Bharatpur tours. Bharatpur, as a tourist destination, offers a lot. With tourist attractions that ranges from sanctuaries to palaces, it is a truly a worthwhile visit. To experience the blissful beauty of the place, people from different parts of India as well as abroad come all the way to Bharatpur. The popularity of Bharatpur has skyrocketed in the last few years. It will grow even more as Bharatpur increasingly becomes a familiar name in the global tourism map. Though there are a number of attractions in Bharatpur, the Bharatpur bird Sanctuary is the most popular tourist spot among tourists. Nature lovers have a wonderful time while in the particular bird sanctuary.
The particular park was built with a definite purpose. It was built to save Bharatpur from the effects of flood water. The Maharaja of Bharatpur was the man behind the noble cause and built it in the 19th century. Boasting as many as 350 species of bird and a wide range of reptiles, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary got the status of World Heritage status in the year 1985. The status may not have changed the character of the sanctuary too much but it has definitely drawn the attention of large number of tourists.

MUSEUMS IN BHARATPUR

Government Museum Bharatpur

Bharatpur Government Museum, housed in Lohagarh Palace was inaugurated on November 11, 1944. The place is around 4 km away from the main bus stand of Bharatpur and has scriptures and ancient objects from the first half of 19th century. The museum consists of around 120 terracottas, 670 coins, 196 miniature paintings, 10 inscriptions, 581 stone sculptures and 861 local art and craft. The Kachari Kalan building in Lohagarh, which was built during the rule of Maharaja Balwant Singh, is converted into the museum and has been open to the public. In 1939 AD, the scriptures and ancient objects were collected from different parts of the region and kept here.
DEEG 

Deeg Palace


Deeg Palace

This is beautiful garden town in north of Bharatpur, the gardens have been laid with great care and precision, the sparkling fountains and meticulous palaces add to the beauty of this idyllic retreat of the princes of Bharatpur. The  tourist  enjoy  the  charming  settings  of  this  agricultural  town, along with the well preserved Deeg palace pavilions and gardens.
Some very interesting buildings are worth visiting in this town.
DEEG FORT

Deeg Fort

Deeg Fort another view

The fort stands majestically over a slightly elevated point, built by Raga Suraj Mal. The fort is surrounded by impressive moats, armpits and gateways, the interiors are mostly in ruins now, but the watch tower still stands in the ruins keeping an eye over the City and Palace; over it is placed a gun captured from Agra fort.

GOPAL BHAVAN
Completed in 1760, an imaginatively designed building complex with beautifully laid gardens at its entrance and the rear overlooks the Gopal Sagar which is flanked with smaller pavilions Sawan and Bhadon. The formal gardens face a raised terrace with an arch of lustrous marble installed on a pedestal in the form of swing. This exquisite swing is a war trophy brought in by the famous Jat king Raja Suraj Mal from the Mughal court in Delhi. The spacious and well proportioned Banquet Hall has a double row of graceful pillars. The rear of the chamber is further divided by a charming sunken pool with fountains. The Banquet hall houses a rich collection of curios, souvenirs and Victorian furniture. Staircases wind upstairs to the upper floors. One room contains a solid black marble bed from Delhi.
BENGAL CHAMBER
It houses the dining room, and has sloping arches, with comfortable cushions along the outer edges forming the seating area. The walls of the royal Chess Room have trellis design and are painted in soft red.
SURAJ BHAVAN
To the east of the main building, this palace has balconies overhanging the water. The entire palace in marble is like an airy pavilion with fine ornamentation within the apartments.
NAND BHAVAN
It is a large audience hall. KRISHNA BHAVAN, and the ingeniously designed water works of KESHAV BHAVAN, with open twelve pillared pavilion are of great interest.
PURANA MAHAL
It is the oldest palace, planned as a spacious rectangle encircled by compartments and chamber, it has a collection of some very fine Rajput and Mughal schools.

IRON FORT

Iron (or Lohagarh) Fort

The Iron Fort, also known as The Lohagarh Fort, true to its name stood solidly in the face of many British attacks, and frustrated them till the end. It faced the British onslaught four times and after a long siege they had to withdraw, but Lord Lake, however was successful in capturing it in 1805. It is very different from the other forts in state; there is no flamboyance associated with the fort but it generates an aura of strength and magnificence. The fort is surrounded by moat which was previously filled with water to ward off the enemy attacks. The sandy ramparts were strengthened by sandy battlements, thus the enemy guns proved to be of no avail. Some interesting monuments in the fort are Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas. Moti Mahal and towers like Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj were erected to commemorate the victory over the Mughals and the British army. The Gateway has paintings of huge elephants.


Ganga Mandir


There is also the historical “Ganga Mandir” in the heart of Bharatpur. This temple is situated inside the iron fort named "Choburja" and is a precious architecture in the eastern part of Rajasthan.



GUIDE SERVICES
Approved tourist guides for the Keoladeo National Park can be hired from the following places.
1. The Asstt. Director, Tourist Reception Center, Hotel Saras (RTDC).
2. Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Rest House.
3. Guides are also available at the Bird Sanctuary gate.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Basic data and tourism information on Bhilwara District of Rajasthan


Bhilwara District at a Glance
General
·                     District:                     Bhilwara
·                     Headquarters:          Bhilwara
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·                     Total:                          10455
·                     Rural:                         10144
·                     Urban:                       311
Population (Census 2011) 
·                     Population:                2408523
·                     Rural:                         1895869
·                     Urban:                        512654
·                     Male:                          1220736
·                     Female:                      1187787
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):         973
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):            230
Constituencies (ECI) 
·                     Assembly:       7
·                     Lok Sabha:     1
The town of Bhilwara is the district headquarters. Bhilwara is famous for its textile & minerals industries.
It is bounded on the north by Ajmer District, on the east by Bundi District, on the south by Chittorgarh District, and on the west by Rajsamand District. State Highway (Jaipur-Udaipur) passes through the district, as does a broad gauge railway line measuring 84 km and connecting Ajmer with Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The nearest airport is at Udaipur (171 km). This district also called Textile City or Manchester of India.
Some people say that Bhilwara got its name from the Bhils (tribal people) who lived there during the days of yore. As per a story, the city of Bhilwara had a mint that minted coins known as ‘bhiladi’. This is supposedly the origin of the district’s name. Bhilwara's cultural history can also be traced back to the Nagar Brahmins mentioned in the Skanda Purana.

PLACES OF INTEREST

HARNI MAHADEV


Temple of Harni Mahadev

The famous ‘Harni Mahadev’ temple is a famous tourist place of the region. The temple was constructed by the Darak family. It is a Lord Shiva temple and is located at a distance of 8 km from the main city. There is a village nearby the temple which is known as Harni. The temple got its name from this village. The village is surrounded by hills and gives a picturesque view to the visitors. A three-day fair is organized here every year on the occasion of Shiv Ratri.

BADNORE FORT

Badnore Fort

Towering over a small hill, this seven-storied fort in Bhilwara is an excellent example of medieval Indian architecture. Located 70 kilometres from Bhilwara on the Bhilwara Asind Road, it offers breath-taking views. One can also visit the many small monuments and temples within the walls of Badnore Fort.

PUR UDAN CHATRI

Pur Udaan Chhatri

Pur Udan Chatri is about 10 kilometres from Bhilwara city. It is renowned for Udan Chatri and Adhar Sheela Mahadev, where the geographical wonder of a huge rock resting on a small one attracts tourists.

KYARA KE BALAJI

Kyara ke Balaji

The Kyara ke Balaji has an image of Lord Hanuman which the locals believe appeared naturally on the rock. When visiting Kyara ke Balaji, you can also visit other locations such as Patola Mahadev Temple, Ghata Rani Temple, Beeda ke Mataji Temple and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.

GAYATRI SHAKTI PEETH


Gayatri Shakti Peeth

The Shakti Peeth is a place of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti or Sati, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect. In Bhilwara, the Gayatri Shakti Peeth is located near the main city bus stand.

SHRI BEED KE BALAJI


Shree Beed Balaji

Across India, Balaji is a name fondly bestowed upon the monkey god, Hanuman. The Shri Beed ke Balaji is temple is situated 3 kilometres away from Kanechhan village in Shahpura tehsil. Isolated and surrounded by nature, it is a wonderful spot to visit if you wish to experience tranquillity and peace

SHRI CHARBHUJA NATH TEMPLE

Chaturbhuja Nath Temple

Many visitors in Bhilwara head to Rajsamand, where the revered Charbhuja Mandir is located. The temple, located at a convenient distance from Bhilwara, is consecrated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated in the Kotri tehsil.

BAGORE SAHIB

Gurudwara Bagore Sahib

Bagore Sahib is a historical gurudwara where Shri Guru Govind Singh Ji stayed on his journey to Punjab. This gurudwara is situated about 20 kilometres from the town of Mandal in the village Bagore of Tehsil Mandal. It has been blessed by the visit of the Tenth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

CHAMUNDA MATA MANDIR

Chamunda Goddess Temple

The Chamunda Mata Mandir is situated on the hills of Harni Mahadev. Once on top, one can get a spectacular view of the whole city. The location, just 5 kilometres from Bhilwara, is a place to visit if you seek the peace.

BIJOLIA

Hajareshwar Mahadev Temple

Bijolia is a census town in Bhilwara, and is famous for the Shree Digambar Jain Parshwanath Atishaya Teerthkhshetra, the Bijolia Fort and the Mandakini Temple. Located on the Bundi – Chittorgarh road, the Fort also houses a Shiva temple known as the Hajaresvara Mahadeva Temple. Renowned for its art and architecture, it is a popular tourist attraction. Dedicated to Teerthankar Parshvanath, the Shree Digambar Jain Parshwanath Atishaya Teerthkhshetra is supposed to be over 2700 years

TILASVAN MAHADEV

Tilasvan Mahadev Temple Complex

Located 15 km from Bijolia, are four temples, the principal of which is dedicated to Sarweshwar (Shiva), which reportedly belongs to 10th or 11th century. The temple complex also houses a monastery, a kund or reservoir and a toran or triumphal arch.

SHAHPURA

Holy Shrine of Ramdwara

55 km from Bhilwara is the town of Shahpura. Surrounded by a wall with four gates, it’s a place of pilgrimage for the followers of Ram Sanehi sect founded amongst the Hindu in 1804. The sect has a holy shrine known as Ram Dwara, The chief priest of Rama Dwara is the head of the sect. Pilgrims from all over the country visit this shrine throughout the year. An annual fair known as Phool Dol ka Mela is held here in Phalgun Shukla (March-April) for five days. There is a large palace complex in the northern part of Shahpura, which is surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas. It offers beautiful views of the lake and the town from its upper terraces. Kesari Singh, Jorawar Singh and Pratap Singh Barahat were famous freedom fighters who belonged to Shahpura. Trimurti Smarak, Barahat Ji Ki Haveli and Pivaniya Talab are other important attractions here. Shahpura is also famous for the traditional art form of Phad painting.

JAHAZPUR

Jahazpur Fort

90 km from Bhilwara lies Jahazpur. Travel to the south of this town and perched atop a hill, you will find a large fort consisting of two ramparts, one within the other, each having a deep ditch and numerous bastion. It is alleged that this is one of the many forts erected by Rana Kumbha to protect the frontiers of Mewar. The village has a group of temples dedicated to Shiva called the Barah Deora. The fort also houses a few temples among which the one dedicated to Sarweshwar Nathji is said to be quite old. Jahazpur is well-known for an important Jain temple that is dedicated to Munisvuratnath. It also houses a a mosque, situated between the village and the fort, known as the Gaibi Pir, named after a Muhammadan Saint Gaibi who is said to have resided here during the reign of Emperor Akbar.

ASIND

Temple Complex of Asind

The town, known for its temples, is situated on the left bank of the river Khari, built by Sawai Bhoj, the eldest son of Bagh Rao. During the princely rule, the town was an estate comprising seventy two villages, held by one of the first class nobles of the Mewar state, who held the title of Rawat and belonged to the Chundawat sect of the Sisodia Rajput.