Just about 110 miles south of India’s capital, Delhi, is the ancient city of Bharatpur. Its history goes back to the 11th century. The city lies on the Golden Triangle made up of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, making it a popular tourist destination. Where there are tourists, there are hostels.
Bharatpur’s main attraction is its Keoladeo Ghana National Park. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning 11 square miles, you will find a protected sanctuary of more than 300 bird species, from colorful peacocks and Indian Rollers to white owls and pink flamingos. The man-made reserve keeps Bharatpur safe from flooding and serves as a hunting ground. Wildlife including snakes, lizards, and deer as well as over 300 different plants make their homes in this diverse wetland.
Right by the park, on Bird Sanctuary Road, is the best place for you to find hostels in Bharatpur. While you might not find any accommodations referred to as “hostel,” you will come across places called “inn” and “house” which are akin to typical hostels, offering clean rooms and bathroom facilities under $20 per night. Once you get settled into your room, you will be close to all major tourist attractions.
Just 20 miles away you will find Deeg Palace. Built in the 18th century, it served as the summer resort of Bharatpur’s ruling family. Today this beautiful estate is open to the public’s viewing. Here you will feast your eyes on beautiful palaces and an intricate water fountain system which served to keep the royal family cool in the sweltering summer heat. With more than 1,000 fountains and jets naturally run using oversized water reserves, this place has earned its nickname of “monsoon palace.” Twice annually, usually in August and during the Holi Festival in February, the fountains are run and colorful dye is added to the waters for a spectacular display. The running water sets metal balls into motion for an orchestra of enchanting sounds. Rent a bicycle, hop on, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this palatial paradise.
Before returning to your hostel on Bird Sanctuary Road, you might decide to indulge in a bit of physical adventure. Rope Castle Adventure Park is filled with activities including zip-lining and archery to tire young and young-at-heart alike. Once you have used up your last ounce of energy climbing the different rope obstacles, you will be glad to return to your hostel right there in Bharatpur.
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