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Built by Surai Mal, the Lohagarh Fort, which occupies the island at the centre of Bharatpur village, appears impregnable, but the British, initially repulsed in 1803, finally took it in 1825. There are double ramparts, a 46-m-wide moat and an inner moat around the palace. Much of the wall has been demolished but there are the
remains of some of the gateways. Inside the fort are three palaces (circa 1730) and Jewel House and Court to their north. The museum (1000-1630, closed Friday Rs3, in the Kachhari Kalan exhibits archaeological finds from villages nearby, dating from the first to 19th centuries as well as paintings and artifacts; the armory is upstairs.

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Keoladeo Ghana National Park
200, Indians 25, amateur video 200, professional video 1500, payable each time you enter. Cafes inside, or ask your hotel to provide a packed lunch.

The late Maharaja Brajendra Singh convened his hunting estate into a bird sanctuary in 1956 and devoted many of his retired years to establishing it. He had inherited both his title and an interest in wildlife from his deposed father, Kishan Singh, who grossly overspent his budget- 30 Rolls Royces, private jazz band and extremely costly wild animals including "dozens of lions, elephants, leopards and tigers" - for Bharatpur's jungles. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, and can only be entered by bicycle or cycle rickshaw, thus maintaining the peaceful calm of the park's interior.

Sights
The handful of rare Siberian crane that visit r annually are still a sight to watch for. Among other birds to be seen are Asian openbills, Ferruginous ducks, spoonbills, storks, kingfishers, a variety of egrets, ducks and coots, as well as birds of prey including Laggar falcon, greater spotted eagle, marsh harrier, Scops owl and Pallas' eagle. There are also chital deer, sambar, nilgai, feral cattle, wild cats, hyenas, wild boar and monitor lizards, whilst near Python Point, there are usually some very large rock pythons.

Birds, accustomed to visitor, can be watched at close range from the road between the boat jetty and Keoladeo temple, especially Sapan Mori crossing. Dawn (which can be very cold) and dusk are the best time; trees around Keoladeo temple are favored by birds for roosting, so are particularly rewarding at dawn. Midday may prove too hot so take a book and a find a shady spot. Carry a sun hat, binoculars and plenty of water.



Bird watching
The handful of rare Siberian crane that visit Bharatpur annually are still a sight to watch for. Among other birds to be seen are Asian openbills, Ferruginous ducks, spoonbills, storks, kingfishers, a variety of egrets, ducks and coots, as well as birds of prey including Laggar falcon, greater spotted eagle, marsh harrier, Scops owl and Pallas' eagle.
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Festivals
2-4 Feb Brij Festival
The festival honors Lord Krishna with folk dances and drama relating the love story of Radha-Krishna.




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