If you love birds, luxury, and everything that is royal, plan an expedition to The Bagh, Bharatpur. The Bagh is a heritage hotel spread over 40 acres of a 19th century garden in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. Located in the periphery of the Keoladeo National Park, The Bagh is a few hours’ drive from Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Gwalior. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience luxury near one of the most popular bird sanctuaries of India. After a warm welcome from the staff, you may be greeted by peacocks and chirping birds.
The campus of Bagh is dotted with the beauty of flora and fauna. The 38 boutique rooms are divided into four categories across five residential complexes, and we can easily spot over a dozen species from the room without having to cover the distance to the bird sanctuary. Blending in elements of modern comfort in a nature retreat, This heritage hotel offers a dining room; an all-day multi-cuisine restaurant; a well-stocked bar; a spa and sauna facility; and several recreational activities for guests of all ages.
The Farm Wing. another side of the hotel which is surrounded by organic farms and luscious greens is also categorized under premium, superior, and family superior rooms, and has lawns and open courtyards to sit and enjoy the nature around.
The rooms across five residential complexes are named after the beautiful flowers found in abundance in the premises: Champa, Mogra, Gulab, Anar, and Surkhab. Each room is a subtle mix of antiquity and modernity, creating an atmosphere of elegance.
The dining experience at The Bagh is a motley mix of casual style and sophisticated old-world charm. With options both indoors and outside, guests are free to choose how close they want to be to Nature while they enjoy their food and drinks.
Mayur is a beautiful cafe with an attached library and gift shop, located next to the reception. It overlooks the garden and has a large seating area. It is perfect for lounging with your family or friends or for enjoying a good read with a hot cup of coffee or a frappe.
Morchalli and Mahua are independent bars located indoors and outdoors respectively. While both the bars offer a fine assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, they also have a limited but delicious menu of light snacks to go along with drinks.
Gulmohar is a multi-cuisine all-day diner that specializes in vegetarian food from the Braj region. It serves an array of dishes from all across the globe and promotes a healthy farm-to -able tradition with the help of an organic farm within the premises and local farms in the village alongside.
At a time when the whole world juggles between varieties of chemicals in its food, The Bagh takes pride in maintaining its own Organic Farm. All fruits and vegetables used in cooking at the garden retreat are either sourced from the local farms or from their own. No pesticides are used and extreme care is taken in growing a range of fresh produce.
The magic of Bharatpur is fully realized when you spend time with Nature. In a small area of 29 sq km there are hundreds of species of birds that breed in the dense forest cover, while hundreds more travel from within and outside India. Bharatpur is a favourite among these migratory birds for a seasonal halt, and this makes the total number of winged species that may be spotted at Bharatpur over 375. Every year birds from Siberia, Europe, Central Asia, China, and Tibet fly along the North-South avian route of India to escape the extreme temperatures of these geographies.
The Keoladeo National Park used to be a duck shooting zone in the pre-colonial era. It was after independence that the area was notified as a bird sanctuary. Further conservation efforts were made by Dr. Salim Ali, the birdman of India, who helped it gain the status of a national park in 1982. it is home to over 375 bird species, 379 species of flora, 50 species of fish, and many other animals.
PLACES TO VISIT AROUND THE BAGH
Bharatpur is a small town steeped in history that overflows into the crevices of ancient India. The district is densely forested and is home to several species of animals and birds. It is a reserved forest and balances between new and old architectural structures that maintain the harmony of its geography. There are many places to explore in and around Bharatpur.
The Lohagarh Fort was once the most impenetrable forts of India, and now houses several commemoratory monuments and a museum. It is located at a distance of 4 KM from The Bagh. Constructed in mixed Rajput and Mughal styles, the Bharatpur Palace exhibits the rich legacy of Rajasthan with Kamra Khas, a museum on Rajasthani history is at 6 KM distance from The Bagh. Fatehpur Sikri , the capital of the Mughal Empire for 10 years, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is at a distance of 21 KM from The: Bagh. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is an important place of pilgrimage is situated at a distance of 41 KM from The Bagh. AGRA FORT a masterpiece of Mughal design and architecture is 55 from The Bagh. The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is located just 60 KM from The Bagh The Bagh offers a truly rustic setting with a dash of luxury for special events.
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