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Situated on the main Delhi-Mumbai railway line, Sawai Madhopur
Sawai Madhopur is one of the most haunted tourist places of Rajasthan. Rich in history and legends, the town is the gateway to world famous Ranthambore National Park - the famous tiger reserve of Rajasthan.The place is a living witness to the course of events taking shape and sometimes history repeating itself.
Located on the main Delhi-Mumbai railway line, Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to
the Ranthambhar National Park, the famous tiger reserve, just 12 km away from
the city, and is must visit in your India tours and travel.
The 13th century A.D. saw the coming of the Sawai Madhopur under the rule of Govinda, the grandson of famed Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the last Hindu King of Delhi. Following his death his successor Vagbhatta beautified the city and built a temple at Jhain.
The Ranthambore Fort passed different hands before it was ultimately gifted to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam. It served as the hunting preserve of the maharaja before its designation as the National Park.
Tourist Places in Sawai Madhopur
This formidable medieval fort of Ranthambore stands a sentinel to the past glory of its rulers. Within the fort are ruined pavilions, walls, chhatris majestic monuments. Another prime attraction of the fort is the 8th century A.D. Ganesha Temple which attracts thousands of devotees. An annual fair is also held here.
Travel the Ranthambore National Park, like most other natural reserves in Rajasthan, was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1980, it was designated as a National Park and has an area of about 1300 sq. kms.
The 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range is a unique geological feature within the park. The Park is bounded by the rivers Chambal in the south and the Banas in the north.
There are several lakes within the park to be covered in the Sawai Madhopur Tour like - Gilai Sagar, Lahpur, Mansarovar, Malik Talao, Raj Bagh and Padam Talao being most famous of them.
There are good chances to see the tiger here, but even if it doesn't happen, it's worth a visit for the scenery alone.
The tour of national park reveals that it is home to several varieties of birds and animals including leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer.
The park gates open for half an hour before sunrise and close half an hour after sunset. The timings are vigorously imposed and no exceptions are made to this rule.
Ranthambhor has been a
witness to the rise and fall of many rulers and a series of battle scenes. In
the 13th century, Govinda, the grandson of Prithviraj Chauhan, ruled the area.
Later, his successor Vagbhatta beautified the city and built a temple at Jhain.
In the middle of 15th century, Rana Kumbha captured the fort and gifted it to
his son to be occupied later by the Hada Rajputs of Bundi and Mughal Emperors
Akbar and Aurangazeb. The Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai
Madho Singh of Jaipur in 1754 and since then it was maintained as the hunting
preserve of the Maharaja. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were part
of the royal hunting party who stayed in the city.
Sher Bagh, Ranthambore
Sher Bagh is a perfect place for dedicated nature and wildlife lovers, who are looking for the ultimate stay in Rajasthani jungle camps. Just a few minutes from the gates of Ranthambore National Park, Sher Bagh is wonderfully comfortable tents are arranged in a semi-circle around a garden and tented pavilion.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore
Adjacent to the famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, The Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore is approximately 108 miles from Jaipur Airport. It offers 25 air-conditioned tents with private walled gardens. The hotel has an excellent catering service with well-maintained restaurants, bars and dining rooms. The other facilities include car parking, currency exchange, travel arrangement, 24-hour Internet access, dry cleaning, express laundry (one hour), babysitting, complimentary shoeshine, boutique, and medical service (on call).
The best time to travel Sawai Madhopur is during the winter months from November to May. The summer months should be avoided for travelling Sawai Madhopur.
Reaching Sawai Madhopur:
Sawai Madhopur is well connected to other
major tourist destinations in Rajasthan by air, rail and road. The airport
nearest to Sawai Madhopur is Jaipur, 175 km away.
The city is connected to Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities in western India
by rail. Sawai Madhopur can be easily reached by road as well. There are
well-maintained roads linking it to tourist destinations in Rajasthan and
neighbouring states including Agra, Bharatpur, Delhi, Kota and Jaipur