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Introduction of Deeg

Deeg is a little known town, situated 36 km away from Bharatpur. Founded by Maharaja Suraj Mahl in the 18th century, this town served as the second capital of Bharatpur and a summer retreat for the royal family. The main attraction of the place is the Maharaja's Palace, in the centre of the town, with sprawling gardens beautified with fountains expansive courtyards. Deeg bore the brunt of battles in which Maharaja Suraj Mahl showcased the strength of his Jat empire against the combined empires of Mughals and the Marathas.

Kings of Bharatpur administered their empires both from Bharatpur as well as from Deeg. This signifies the importance of this lesser known town in Indian History. Once you lay your eyes on the the Palace pavilions and the fortification near it, you will realize the magic of the place which otherwise appears to be nothing more than an agricultural area.


Deeg Palace Garden

 
 

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31 Days / 30 Nights

Delhi - Alwar - Deeg - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Dholpur - Ranthambore - Tonk - Bundi - Jhalawar - Kota - Bijolia - Chittorgarh - Dungarpur - Banswara - Udaipur - Rajsamand - Nathdwara - Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur - Mount Abu - Rohetgarh - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner -  Nagaur - Mandawa - Sikar - Jhunjhunu -Jaipur - Delhi

 
History of Deeg

The Jats, a dynasty that dared challenge the power of the Mughals, once ruled Deeg. The living testimony to their rule is a fort constructed during the reign of Surajmal in 1730s. Surajmal was also responsible for the development of the town of Deeg. In 1776, the reign of Jats ended following their defeat in the hands of the imperial Mughal army under Mirza Nazaf Khan. Nevertheless, Deeg was returned after a decade, but it did not remain free for long. It was again seized, this time by new rulers, namely, the British with their peculiar style of gun power and diplomacy. The British set it free not long afterwards in 1805.

 
Tourist Attraction in Deeg

North of Bharatpur is this beautiful garden town, the gardens have been laid with great care and precision, the sparkling fountains and meticulous palaces add to he beauty of this idyllic retreat of the princes of Bharatpur. The tourist enjoy the charming settings of this agricultural town, along with the well preserved palace pavilions and gardens.
Some very interesting buildings can be observed like:

Gopal Bhavan:
Completed in 1760, an imaginatively designed building complex with beautifully laid gardens at its entrance and the rear overlooks the Gopal Sagar which is flanked with smaller pavilions Sawan and Bhadon. The formal gardens face a raised terrace with an arch of lustrous marble installed on a pedestal in the form of swing. This exquisite swing is a war trophy brought in by the famous Jat king Raja Suraj Mal from the Mughal court in Delhi. The spacious and well proportioned Banquet Hall has a double row of graceful pillars. The rear of the chamber is further divided by a charming sunken pool with fountains. The Banquet hall houses a rich collection of curios, souvenirs and Victorian furniture. Staircases wind upstairs to the upper floors. One room contains a solid black marble bed from Delhi.

Bengal Chamber:
It houses the dining room, and has sloping arches, with comfortable cushions along the outer edges forming the seating area. The walls of the royal Chess Room has trellis design and are painted in soft red.

Suraj Bhavan:
To the east of the main building, this palace has balconies overhanging the water. The entire palace in marble is like an airy pavilion with fine ornamentation within the apartments.

Nand Bhavan:
It is a larage audience hall. KRISHNA BHAVAN, and the ingeniously designed water works of KESHAV BHAVAN, with open twelve pillared pavilion are of great interest.

Purana Mahal:
It is the oldest palace, planned as a spacious rectangle encircled by compartments and chamber, it has a collection of some very fine Rajput and Mughal schools.


Deeg Fort:
The fort stands majestically over a slightly elevated point, built by Raga Suraj Mal. The fort is surrounded by impressive moats, pits and gateways, the interiors are mostly in ruins now, but the watch tower still stands in the ruins keeping an eye over the City and Palace; over it is placed a gun captured from Agra fort.
 

Deeg Fort

Deeg Fort

Deeg Palace

Deeg Palace

How to get here

By Road:
Deeg is an easy day trip from Bharatpur, Agra, or Delhi by road.

By Rail:
Bharatpur is also the nearest railway station from where one can take trains to Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai. Nearest Airport is Agra (54 km) and then Jaipur (182 kms.).

 
 

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31 Days / 30 Nights

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