55 km from Agra lies Bharatpur, a marvelous destination known for its rare avian variety. A royal hunting retreat of erstwhile princes of Bharatpur. It was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1733 A.D. It is popular as Asia’s finest bird sanctuary-Keoladeo National Park, which is the winter retreat of rare Siberian cranes and other exotic migratory birds. The park inundated with over 400 species of water birds and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Among the remnants of the royal past in Bharatpur is the marvelous Bharatpur Palace.