I contacted Devendra Singh (the owner) few weeks before we arrive. We stay at Iora guest house for four days. The place is clean, comfortable and quiet. The food is wonderful. Devendra has great knowledge about birds in the Bharatpur sanctuary. I highly recommended Iora guest house if you visiting Bharatpur for birdwatching.
We stayed at the guest house for 2 nights and really enjoyed it. The first night we had dinner and chai on the rooftop and had an interesting chat with the owner of the place, Devendra, who is also a photographer and a wildlife expert. Went to the bird sanctuary on the next day for a full day and rented bicycles to get around. The guest house is just a 10min walk away from the sanctuary. The staff are very friendly and the food is very tasty and good value. They let us stay way past the check out time and were very helpful when it came to booking train tickets and in organising drivers. The guest house is beautifully decorated with plants and wall colours and they have a good selection of photo books on wildlife that can be borrowed. Would always stay there again!
IORA GUEST HOUSE at Bharatpur is an ideal place for accomodation for anyone wishing to enjoy the musings of Bharatpur Keoladeo national park. We experienced a very pleasant hospitality, comfortable stay (3 nights), excellent food, and overall great value for money. For visiting the park, the cycle rickshaws can come for pickup at guest house on request and can take you on and around the park. The cycle rickshaw come @ Rs 150/ per hour and hiring a guide may be a bit expensive @ Rs 400 per hour. Many of the experienced cycle rickshaw drivers can serve as guides too. We had a fantastic outing in the park and got to see almost everything- worth mentioning are - combduck, northern shoveller, northern pin tail, common teal, little grebe, Dalmatian and spot billed pelicans, …
Helpful staff who offered a good chai and quiet location (when other residents don't stay up late). Beware of mosquitos though. Room and bathroom were clean, with hot water. Bed could be more confortable and we did not have sheets. We had dinner at the guesthouse and the food was rather cheap but a bit disappointing considering the reviews made by our fellow travellers. All in all, if you want a cheap, clean, yet very simple accomodation, go for it.
The owner brothers , particularly Mr Devender took personal care to make the stay comfortable. He himself being a photographer, clearly understood a photographer's need which made my photography trip pleasant. This is a fantastic place for photographers and Birders.