Review of Deeg Village in Bharatpur district:
“A village with palaces, pavilions, gardens – and history! Deeg kasba is only 3 hours from Delhi by Road“
Review by Dan
Overall Rating – 3/3
Overall Score – 85.71%
Duration of Stay – Permanent resident
Time of Visit – 3 months in a year
Purpose of Visit – Ancestral Place
Image Source : Wikimedia Photos by LR Burdak (Deeg Fort and moat near the village)
Note: Deeg Kasba (rural) is located within Deeg tehsil of Bharatpur District
How to Reach Deeg Village:
- “Deeg village is about 35 km north of Bharatpur town. It is located on the outskirts of Deeg tehsil in Bharatpur District of Rajasthan“
- Close to Uttar Pradesh border, it can be accessed via National Highway 14 while going from Bharatpur, or via NH44 from Delhi/Noida. It lies close to Mathura-Alwar Highway.
- One can avail cabs/private cars and buses from Bharatpur (35 km) and Nagar (25 km) in Rajasthan or Govardhan (15 km) in Uttar Pradesh
- The nearest railway station is in Deeg tehsil itself, which lies on the Agra-Mathura-Jaipur route. Bharatpur Railway Station is 35 km by road from Deeg, while Jaipur Junction is 200 km away.
- Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Airport in Agra (95 km) is the nearest Airport, while Jaipur Airport is 202 km away
Places of Interest near Deeg Village
Deeg used to be an idyllic retreat of the Princes of Bharatpur, with its numerous gardens, fountains and palace pavilions. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna started his parikrama from Govardhan (in UP) and blessed Deeg with his auspicious presence in the path. Erstwhile ‘Dirgha’ or, ‘Dirghapur’ as named in the Skanda Purana, Deeg was the first capital of Bharatpur.
- The Deeg Fort, located at an elevated point only 1.5 km from the village, was built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in 1772. The fort is surrounded by impressive moats and gateways. While the interiors are mostly in ruins now, the watch tower still stands. Over it is placed a gun captured from Agra fort. The fort is known for being adorned with nine hundred fountains, especially during the festival of Holi, when colors were added to the reservoir and the colored water comes out of the fountains.
- Deeg Jal Mahal Palace lies inside the Deeg Fort complex. Layout of the fort garden resembles that of Mughal Charbagh. There are four gardens separated by walkways in the middle. It is 2 km from the village.
- The Palace & fort complex houses many ‘Bhavans’ such as Gopal Bhavan – the main building where the King resided, Keshav Bhavan – the King’s monsoon retreat and Nandi Bhavan – that organized wrestling matches.
Other places near Deeg Village
- Akhanda Hanuman Vatika and Cenotaph of Maharaja Suraj Mal (also known as Sujan Singh) who built the Deeg Fort, are in the immediate vicinity of the village.
- The historical town of Kumher, about 15 km from Deeg, is famous for the Battle with Holkars, who were backed by Aurangzeb. After the Battle of Kumher, a treaty was signed between Jats and Marathas, consolidating Maharaja Suraj Mal’s rule.
- Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (officially Keoladeo National Park), is situated 40 km from Deeg. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has 350 species of birds and a wide range of reptiles.
Places to Stay near Deeg Village
- OYO Hotel Apple Inn (INR 1,250) at 35 km in Bharatpur
- Sanctuary Tourist Lodge (INR 900) at 38 km in Bharatpur
- Hotel Gaurav Goverdhan (INR 750) at 15 km on Mathura-Govardhan Road in UP
- Hotel Laxmi Vilas Palace (INR 6,300) at 38 km in Bharatpur
Quality of Infrastructure:
Access from Main Highway – 3/3
Presence of School – 3/3
Healthcare Facilities – 2/3
Electricity – 2/3
Water Supply – 2/3
Mobile Network – 3/3
Overall Rating – 3/3
Review of Deeg Village:
“We grow crops like sarso, potato, bajra and jowar. Animal rearing like buffaloes, cows and camels.
Most of the famers have dual pump in the fields, and sometimes we use boring water for irrigation.
We use generator when power supply gets cut off for 2-3 hours.
Deeg is a a very beautiful village with palaces, pavilions, gardens, and plenty of interesting history!
Deeg village is only 3 hours from Delhi by Road. We can go quite easily via Ferozepur and Nagar in Rajasthan.
I generally go to the village between March-June every year. The language that we speak is similar to ‘khadi’ Hindi.“