|Day 07, Tuesday Bharatpur /Agra |
|Arrival at Bharatpur ||05:00 |
|Departure for Keola Deo National Park (Ghana Bird Sanctuary) ||06:00 |
|Break fast at Bird Sanctuary forest lodge ||07:30 |
|Return to Train ||08:30 |
|Departure for Agra ||08:45 |
|Arrival at Agra Fort Railway Station ||10:30 |
|Departure for Sightseeing-Visit to Fort of Agra ||11:00 |
|Lunch at 5 star Hotel ||13:30 |
|Visit to Taj Mahal ||15:00 |
|Shopping ||17:30 |
|Light & Sound programme ||18:30 |
|Dinner at 5 Star Hotel/ On Board ||20:00 |
|Departure for Delhi from Agra Cantt. ||21:00 |
Established in the seventeenth century by Maharaja Suraj Mal, Bharatpur was once an invincible and well-fortified city, thus was aptly called the iron fort. The premise of its stern military construction was to avoid foreign sieges.
Bharatpur is in close proximity with the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, world heritage site declared by UNESCO. This sanctuary is named after an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, located amidst this forest. This region is flocked by a huge variety of birds, like cranes, storks, herons, kingfishers, partridges, owls, song birds, pigeons, doves, ducks, geese, pelicans and bee-eaters. Many of these birds migrate from different parts of the world.
The Siberian Cranes, who stand tall on ground with an approximate height of 1.35 meters, are the most distinguished visitors of this park. They visit the Park during winters, stay here until March and head back home to Siberia for breeding.The rickshaw ride with the trained rickshaw-puller guide, through the sanctuary adds wonder to that indescribable experience of watching a huge variety of bird species, lakhs in numbers at one place.
Agra is located on the banks of river Yamuna and was established in 1504 by the then ruler of Delhi, Sultan Sikandar Lodi. The medieval era city, Agra is a witness of the rise and fall of numerous dynasties. The city is home to the gem of finest architectural monument, Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal, is the mausoleum that reminiscences of the love shared between Shah Jahan, the king for his beloved queen Mumtaz after her demise. This white-marble-wonder expands on the design traditions of Persians and Mughals and is one of the most visited sites in India. After a heartfelt visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, you’ll be ushered to the Lal Quila or the Red Fort of Agra. This fort is also called the Palatial City because of its enormous size. The fort was the largest state treasury and welcomed ambassadors from other princely states.