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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Called Keoladeo Ghana National Park, it is one of the finest water bird sanctuaries in the world. Spread over a 40 sq. km. area of swampy, lightly wooded terrain, the sanctuary attracts many species of birds including the Siberian Crane in the winter months. Hence it is considered as the ornithologist's paradise. It lies 57 km from Agra on Delhi-Jaipur highway.
Area: 22 sq. km
Altitude: 205 metres
Climate: Summer Max. 45 C Min. 37 C; Winter Max. 31 C Min. 21 C
The smal town of Deeg is about 36 km north of Bharatpur. Built by Surag Mahl in the mid 18th century, Deeg was once the second capital of Bharatpur state. The Bharatpur maharajas ruled from both Bharatpur and Deeg. At Deeg, the maharaja's forces successfully withstood a combined Mughal and Maratha army of 80,000 men. Eight years later, the maharaja even had the temerity to attach Red Fort in Delhi! The booty he carried off included an entire marble building, which can still be seen in the palace grounds.
Suraj Mahl's Palace
The Gopal Bhavan was built between 1756 and 1763 is one of India's most beautiful and delicately proportioned buildings. Built in both Rajput and Mughal architectural styles.