Showing posts from February, 2012

Deeg, Bharatpur Heritage Weekend Getaway

Located 34 kms. north of Bharatpur, Deeg is known for its palaces and gardens. The rulers here have followed the care and planning that went into the Mughal Gardens. Built by Suraj Mahl in the mid-18th century, Deeg was formerly the second capital of Bharatpur state and the site of a famous battle in which the maharaja’s forces successfully withstood a combined Mughal and Maratha army of some 80,000 men. Now, it is a small town with agriculture as its main focus, but the tourist would enjoy visiting the well preserved and laid out palace pavilions. Gopal Bhawan overlooking the Gopal Sagar, Nand Bhawan, Krishna Bhawan and the ingeniously designed waterworks of the Keshav Bhawan are of interest here. Most of these palaces are rich in history and one can find strong reminders of the Mughal influence. Deeg’s massive walls (up to 28mts. high) and 12 bastions, some with their cannons still in place, are also worth exploring. The fort and pleasure palace are of major architectural importance…

Sariska Wildlife Weekend Getaway

Sariska is Alwar’s wildlife sanctuary and is just 42 kms. away. It provides many fascinating spots for lovers of wildlife, as well as those interested in art and archaeology. The 480 sanctuary comprises dry deciduous forests of bar, dhok and tendu, set in a valley surrounded by the barren Aravalli hills. The sanctuary is in a wooded valley surrounded by barren mountains. This park contains ruined temples, as well as a fort and pavilions built by the Maharajas of Alwar.

The Sariska Tiger Reserve and National Park is one of the few forested areas in the Aravalli Hills and has a good population of sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, chital, leopard, wild boar, jackal and tiger. Birds include parakeet, grey partridge, crested serpent eagle, babbles and bulbuls. Open all year around. During the monsoon the vegetation is very lush and travel through the forest may be difficult.

How To Reach Sariska Tiger Reserve Sariska is well connected with the surrounding towns and it is not difficult to acc…