Sawai Madhopur Travel
Sawai Madhopur is the
gateway to the world renowned Ranthambhore National Park - the
famous Tiger Reserve, just 12 kms away from here. Ranthambhore
has been a witness to the rise and fall of many rulers and a
series of battle scenes.
In the 13th century AD, Govinda, the grandson of Prithviraj
Chauhan took over the reign of the land. Later his successor
Vagbhatta, beautified the city and built a noteworthy temple at
In the middle of the 15th century AD, 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 Aurangzeb. Mughal
Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of
Jaipur in 1740's 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 parties who stayed
Air: Jaipur 165 kms is the
Rail: Located on the Delhi - Mumbai main railway line, it is well
connected with Jaipur and other major tourist centres. Some
important train connections are : 4005 Express (Hazrat
Nizamuddin-Sawai Madhopur-Shamgarh); GoldenTemple Mail
(Mumbai-Sawai Madhopur-Jammu); Avadh Express
(Mumbai-SawaiMadhopur-Gorakhpur); Dehradun Express (Mumbai-Sawai
Road: A good network of bus services connects Sawai Madhopur with
Local Transport: Unmetered taxis and auto-rickshaws. Also
cycle-rickshaws and tongas.
Ranthambhore's royal past
manifests itself in the well-perceived imposing fort. built in
994 AD, atop a steep high creek 200 metres above sea level.
Ruined pavilions, walls, 'chhatris' and splendid monuments are
interspersed within the majestic fort. An 8th century Ganesh
Temple on an open land attracts thousands of devotees and is the
venue for an annual fair held on Bhadrapad Sudi Chaturthi, fourth
day of the bright half, in the month of Bhadra.
National Park: -
The 392 sq. km. park
comprises of dry deciduous forests sprawling over an undulating
terrain of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. The park is one of
the finest tiger reserves in the country under the Project Tiger.
The majestic predators assured of protection, roam freely during
the day time and can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambhore
Sanctuary has a large number of Sambhars, Chitals, Nilgai,
Chinkara, Langur, Wild Boar and Peafowl.
A system of three pretty artificial lakes PadamTalab, Rajbagh and
Milak Talab, along with a number of anicuts are part of the
biosphere. Besides enhancing the scenic beauty of the park, they
are important sources of water for the inhabitants of the Park.
While deer congregate here to drink fresh water, crocodiles can
be seen basking in the winter sun to regulate their body
temperature. The lake also attracts a large number of migratory
and local birds.
The local fauna of the park includes Leopard, Hyena, Jackal,
Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear and a little population of pythons.
The lovely Jogi Mahal overlooking the pretty Padam Talab at the
foot of the fort has a Forest Rest House. Other accommodation
outside the fort also ensures a comfortable stay.
The best time to visit is between November and April . Jeeps are
available to take you around the park.