Deeg, Bharatpur and around

For a typical dusty and hot North Indian market town, Deeg gained the somewhat surprising reputation as the summer resort of the Raja of Bharatpur. Located on the plains just northwest of Agra, the raja decided to develop his palace to take full advantage of the monsoon rains. The fort and the 'monsoon' pleasure palace have ingenious fountains and are of major architectural importance, their serenity in stark contrast to the barely controlled chaos of the rest of the town. One of the most popular halting places on the 'Golden Triangle', Bharatpur is best known for its Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Once the hunting estate of the Maharajas of Bharatpur, with daily shoots recorded of up to 4000 birds, the 29-sq-km piece of marshland, with over 360 species, is potentially one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world, but has suffered badly in recent years from water deprivation. Lesser visited are the sights off the road which connects Agra to Jaipur, NH11, which sees huge volumes of tourist traffic. The Balaji temple is particularly remarkable.

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