Bharatpur, Rajasthan

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Bharatpur
Lohagarh
Metropolis
Flag of Bharatpur
Flag
Nickname(s): Lohagarh
Bharatpur is located in India
Bharatpur
Bharatpur
Location in Rajasthan, India
Bharatpur is located in Rajasthan
Bharatpur
Bharatpur
Bharatpur (Rajasthan)
Coordinates: 27°13′N 77°29′E / 27.22°N 77.48°E / 27.22; 77.48Coordinates: 27°13′N 77°29′E / 27.22°N 77.48°E / 27.22; 77.48
Country  India
State Rajasthan
District Bharatpur
Named for Bharat- A historical warrior famous in the area
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Body Bharatpur Municipal Corporation
Elevation 183 m (600 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,54,846
Languages
 • Official Hindi, English
 • Other Braj Bhasha, Mewati
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 321001
Area code(s) (+91) 5644
ISO 3166 code RJ-IN
Vehicle registration RJ-05
Website http://bharatpur.rajasthan.gov.in

Bharatpur is a city and a municipal corporation in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Bharatpur Municipal Corporation is divided into 50 wards. Located in the Braj region, Bharatpur was once considered to be impregnable and unbeatable. The city is situated 180 km south of India's capital, New Delhi, 178 km from Rajasthan's capital Jaipur, 58 km west of Agra of Uttar Pradesh and 38 km from Mathura of Uttar Pradesh. It is also the administrative headquarters of Bharatpur District and the headquarters of Bharatpur Division of Rajasthan State. The Royal House of Bharatpur traces its history to the 11th century. Bharatpur is part of National Capital Region (NCR) of INDIA.[1]

The city has an average elevation of 183 metres (600 ft) and is also known as "Lohagarh" and the "Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan".[2] It is famous for Keoladeo National Park ( A UNESCO's World Heritage Site).

Bharatpur lies on the Golden Tourism Triangle of Delhi–Jaipur–Agra and hence a large number of national and international tourists visit Bharatpur every year.

History[edit]

Coat of arms of Bharatpur rulers

The rulers of Bharatpur were from the Jat Sinsinwar clan of which is an indo-sythian tribe that migrated in India around AD100.

A front view of the Bharatpur Palace
A view of the Bharatpur fort from outside


List of the Jat rulers of Bharatpur.

The Maharajah Kishan Singh of Bharatpur, 1916

maharaja bachhoo singh

Culture[edit]

Ethnicity[edit]

The Residents of Bharatpur are from different communities. Bharatpur is also known as Lohagarh. The principal communities are the Jats, Ahir/yadav, Vaishya, Brahmins, Rajputs and Gujjars. Sinsinwar jats ruled this region. British were unable to rule on Bharatpur. That's why its fort is known as Lohagarh Fort and city named Lohagarh. The proximity to Mathura has influenced the language spoken in Bharatpur and people can speak and understand brij dialect.

Demographics[edit]

Religions in Bharatpur
Religion Percent
Hindus
93.30%
Muslims
06.70%

As of 2011 Indian census,[3] Bharatpur district had a population of 2,548,462 of which males are 1,355,726 and females are 1,192,736. Bharatpur has an average literacy rate of 82.13%, higher than the national average of 74.04%; with male literacy of 90.41% and female literacy of 72.80%. The languages commonly spoken in Bharatpur are Hindi, Braj-Bhasha, Mewati and English.

After the creation of the Municipal Corporation and inclusion of new areas, the current population of City has been estimated to be over 32 lakhs (3.2 million).[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Bharatpur has a government university named Maharaja Surajmal Brij University, Bharatpur.

Directorate of Rapeseed Mustard Research(DRMR), Sewar(Bharatpur) is a pioneer institute of Govt. Of India under ICAR.

There are both government and privately run Engineering colleges in Bharatpur including-

  • "'Bharatpur Branch of CIRC, ICAI"',
  • Government Engineering College Bharatpur, offering bachelor's degrees in six engineering branches. Students from different parts of the country come to pursue B.Tech. degrees at the College.http://www.ecbharatpur.ac.in/
  • Chandravati Group of Institutions (Faculty of Engineering and Hotel Management). http://cgibp.com/

Some other important colleges in the city are-

  • College Of Agriculture, Kumher, Bharatpur
  • Shri Gokul Verma Government Polytechnic College,
  • Govt. Girls Polytechnic College,
  • Maharani Shri Jaya Govt.Post Graduate (MSJ) College,
  • Rameshwari Devi (RD) Govt.Post Graduate Girls College,
  • Bhartiya Homeopathy Medical College
  • Digamber Nursing College.
  • A 100-bed Government Medical College cum Hospital of State Govt. is under Construction in Bharatpur on National Highway 11 and is likely to operate from 2018.

Major schools in the city are

[4]

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Bharatpurhttp://www.kvbharatpur.edu.in/
  • Master Adityendra Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Bharatpur
  • Maharaja Badan Singh Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Bharatpur
  • CGI World School, Bharatpur.http://www.cwsbp.com/
  • Manav Bharti School,Bharatpur http://mbsschoolbharatpur.com/welcome/
  • Agrawal Vidya Niketan, secondary school, B Narayan gate, Bharatpur.
  • Kala Mandir Senior Secondary School, Bharatpur
  • T.M International school, Bharatpur.
  • Agrasen Mahila Vidhyapeeth,Ranjeet Nagar, Bharatpur
  • Sant Kripal Senior Secondary school, Bharatpur.
  • Sony Academy,Bharatpur.
  • Shri Guru Harikishan Public School, Bharatpur.
  • Baba Sugreev Vidhyapeeth Senior Secondary School, Bharatpur
  • Millennium Senior Secondary School,Krishna Nagar, Bharatpur.
  • Shiksha Bharti Senior Secondary School,Bharatpur.
  • Bharatpur Public School, Bharatpur
  • Ananad Vidhya Mandir School, Gopal Garh, Bharatpur
  • Flying Bird School,[5] Bharatpur
  • St. Luke's International Academny, Ranjeet Nagar, Bharatpur
  • St. Luke's Secondary School, Borai, Kumher, Bharatpur

Economy[edit]

Population growth through the years
Year Population
1891
43,000
1911
44,000
1941
35,500
1951
37,300
1961
49,800
1971
69,400
1981
105,200
1991
156,900
2001
205,235
2011
252,838
2014
320,559

Source:[6] Source:[7]

Population Growth of Bharatpur City 
CensusPop.
189143,000
191144,000
194135,500
195137,3005.1%
196149,80033.5%
197169,40039.4%
1981105,20051.6%
1991156,90049.1%
2001205,23530.8%
2011252,88323.2%
source:[6]

The economy of Bharatpur district is dependent to a large extent on agriculture and its products. The main crops grown are wheat, mustard, cotton, red-chillies and potatoes. There are more than 60 oil mills in Bharatpur due to mustard grown in large quantity in the surrounding areas. Bharatpur is famous for its sweets, and has a large number of shops also.

In some areas stone quarrying is also practised. The Red Fort of Delhi, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikari were built with local stone.

Keoladeo National Park[edit]

https://www.facebook.com/KeoladeoGhana/

Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane, have been recorded in the park. The name Keoladeo is derived from the name of an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva in the sanctuary's central zone while the Hindi term ghana implies dense, thick areas of forest cover. It is mainly famous for the Siberian crane. It was the only habitat of Siberian crane in the world other than Siberia. Now it no longer comes to the park. The main reasons are the lack of conservation measures in India, diversion of water for farmers instead of saving the wetlands as per then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's orders,[8] hunting during migration in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as the war against Taliban in Afghanistan.[9]

A view inside Keoladeo National Park
Neel Gai, in Keoladeo National Park
The Keoladeu National park wetland

Connectivity[edit]

Railways[edit]

Bharatpur Junction railway station [Station Code - BTE] is located on the main Delhi–Mumbai railway line as well as the Jaipur–Bandikui–Agra Fort line. It is a Grade-A station of West-Central Railway. A number of trains pass through Bharatpur Junction on daily basis.

One can easily reach here by train from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Surat, Patna, Amritsar, Dehradun, Agra, Kota, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Vadodara, Udaipur, Faridabad, Ajmer, Jammu Tawi, Indore, Mathura, Gaya, Dhanbad etc.

Some Important trains passing through Bharatpur Jn are-

1. Jaipur - Agra Fort Shatabdi Express

2. Kota - Hazrat Nizamuddin Janshatabdi Express

3. Golden Temple Mail

4. Paschim Express

5. Jodhpur - Howrah SF Express

6. Ajmer - Sealdah SF Express

7. Mumbai - Firozpur Janata Express

8. Bandra - Dehradun Express

9. H.Nizamuddin- Udaipur Mewar Express

10. H.Nizamuddin - Indore Intercity Express

11.Jodhpur - Varanasi Marudhar Express

12. Agra Fort - Ajmer Intercity Express

13. Agra Fort - Ahmedabad SF Express

14. Kota - Patna Express

15. Jaipur - Lucknow Tri-weekly Express

Roadways[edit]

Located on NH-21 (Agra to Jaipur) four-lane National Highway, Bharatpur is easily accessible by road.

A number of State Highways connect Bharatpur with other important cities and towns. Most important ones are Bharatpur–Mathura State Highway and Bharatpur–Alwar State Highway.

A Central Bus Stand locally known as "Heeradas Bus stand" provides 24*7 Connectivity to Major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Haridwar, Bikaner, Mathura, Udaipur, Ajmer, Aligarh etc.

Airways[edit]

Bharatpur has its own Airstrip. The nearest international airports are Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Jaipur International Airport in Jaipur.

Places to see[edit]

Tourist attractions in Bharatpur[edit]

  • Keoladeo National Park
  • Lohagarh Fort
  • Laxman Ji mandir
  • Ganga mandir
  • Bankebihari temple, inside Lohagarh Fort
  • Government Museum
  • Vishwapriya Shastri Park
  • Golbagh Palace
  • Moti Mahal (Bharatpur)[10]
  • Shri Rajendra suri kirti mandir
  • Kishori Mehal
  • Laxmi Vilas Palace
  • Jawahar Burj
  • Fateh Burj
  • Nehru Park
  • Dev Narayan Temple(Sarsena)
  • Jama Masjid

Tourist attractions in the surrounding area[edit]

Fairs and festivals[edit]

  • Brij Mahotsav: is held in the month of February–March.
  • Jaswant Exhibition: Jaswant Exhibition is held in the month of September–October during Dussehra.
  • Gangaur: Gangaur festival is held in March–April.
  • Teej: Teej festival is held in July–August

Bharatpur sthapana diwas;Held in the Month of February- 17,18 and 19th every year by Lohagarh Vikas Parishad 22 February every year thakur shree gopal jee goshala Badipur, teh.- kaman

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCR expanded to include Bhiwani, Bharatpur". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bharatpur – Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ *Modern School,NH-11,Agra Road, Bharatpur.http://www.modernschool.ac.in/bharatpur/
  5. ^ http://www.flyingbirdschool.in
  6. ^ a b "Historical Census of India". 
  7. ^ "Census of Bhartpur". 
  8. ^ SANDIPAN SHARMA (5 February 2005). "Vasundhara govt refuses water to Keoladeo Park". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Anuradha Nagraj (22 January 2003). "Siberian Cranes give Bharatpur a miss". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Moti Mahal Palace, Bharatpur - Bharatpur - Wikimapia|url=http://wikimapia.org/9832607/Moti-Mahal-Palace-Bharatpur