The garden town of Deeg is 36kms from Bharatpur and makes for the perfect day trip. Suraj Mal built this town in the mid-18th century and this was the spot where his army repelled the combined Marathi and Mughal army of 80,000 soldiers. The maharaja even had the audacity to launch an attack on Red Fort, bringing back a large booty that included a marble building that still sits in the Deeg palace grounds.
Suraj Mahl’s Palace in Deeg is so well maintained that it is hard to imagine it was constructed in the 18th century. The eastern façade of the palace contains original royal furnishings such as elephant-foot stands, plump sofas, punkas (hand-operated fans), Chinese and French porcelain that are over 200 years old.
Two massive tanks, Gopal Sagar and Raj Sagar, flank the palace and water the sprawling flowerbeds and gardens. There are over 2000 fountains within Suraj Mahl’s Palace and most of them are still in working condition.
The five-arched, single-storey edifice is the Keshav Bhavan (Summer/Monsoon Palace). The archways of this palace spew tiny jets of water while another water implement is fitted with metal balls to mimic the sound of thunder.
Deeg’s walls reach a maximum height of 28m and its 12 bastions still contain a few cannons. Make sure you walk up to the top of these walls to get a panoramic view of the other palaces- Suraj Bhavan, Nand Bhavan and Kishan Bhavan.
The places to visit in Bharatpur comes to a fitting end at Deeg.