Sunday, April 21, 2019

Basic data and tourism information on Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan

Sawai Madhopur District at a Glance
·         District:                       Sawai Madhopur
·         Headquarters:            Sawai Madhopur
·         State:                         Rajasthan

Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·         Total:                          4498
·         Rural:                         4379
·         Urban:                        119
Population (Census 2011) 
·         Population:                 1335551
·         Rural:                         1069084
·         Urban:                        266467
·         Male:                          704031
·         Female:                      631520
·         Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):          897
·         Density (Total, Persons per sq km):              297
Constituencies (ECI) 
·         Assembly:      4
·         Lok Sabha:    0

Sawai Madhopur District has an area of 4498 km². It is bounded by Dausa District on the north, Karauli District on the northeast, Jaipur District on the northwest, the Chambal River on east across the border of Madhya Pradesh state, Kota District on the southeast, Bundi District on the south, and Tonk District on the west.


Ranthambore National Park

The largest national park of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park also happens to be a popular one in North India. This used to be the hunting grounds of maharajas in the erstwhile era. Along with its neighboring sanctuaries (Mansingh and Kaila Devi), Ranthambore National park covers an area of 392 km sq. It is mainly popular for its tigers. This park is mainly entrusted the task of preserving and breeding tigers to ensure an increase in their population. Apart from tigers, this vast national park is the habitat of deer, nilgai, leopard cat, jungle cat, sloth bear, palm civet, Indian gazelle, and cobras. The park is nestled upon an edge of a plateau, and is bound by two rivers (Banas and Chambal). Government of India declared the area a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973, and in 1980 it was declared a national park. The national park has a huge lake called Padam Talao and numerous birds like Sarus Crane, winged jacana, nightjar, sandpiper and fish owl are spotted around this water body. Located between Vindhya and Aravalli ranges, this vast wildlife reserve, featuring picturesque topography of lake, undulating tracks, canals, and springs is one of the most popular tourist places in Sawai Madhopur.

Ranthambhore Fort

The Ranthambhore Fort was built in the 8th century by the Chauhans. This fort is said to be one of the oldest in Rajasthan. It is situated in an ecological desert, surrounded by Vindhyan and Aravalli Mountain Ranges. It has been ruled for a long time by Raja Hamir Deva who became the King in 1283 A.D. It has been attacked several times by rulers like Qutub-ud-din, Allaudin Khilji, Feroz Shah Tughlaq, Bahadur Shah, among others.
Ranthambhore Fort is situated within the premises of Ranthambhore National Park on the top of Thanbhore hill. Many places of historical importance are also situated inside this fort like Toran Dwar, 32-Pillared Chhatri, Sameton Ki Haveli and Mahadeo Chhatri, along with a mosque and Ganesha temple.

Kachida Valley – The spectacular green meadow

Dotted with rugged hillocks and opulent forests, Kachida Valley is a visual treat and one of the most picturesque places to visit at Sawai Madhopur. An ideal place for wildlife buffs and nature enthusiasts, this is home to wild boars, sloth bears, and panthers. Enjoy jeep safari, spot wildlife, and admire the best views of the surrounding forests.

Khandar Fort – The relics of Mewar reign

Khandar fort is an architectural beauty and certainly among the most extravagant places to visit near Sawai Madhopur. Featuring huge structures and fortified walls, the Khandar Fort was built by a Mewar king, who never lost any battle. The fort has many temples located inside such as Jain temple, Rani temple, Jagatpal Ji temple, Chaturbhuja temple and Hanuman temple etc. A drive to the fort is quite enthralling and the panoramic view from the fort is a sight to behold.

Trinetra Ganesh Temple – A unique temple of Lord Ganesha

Perched inside Ranthambore Fort, Trinetra Ganesh Temple is a famous Hindu temple of not only the region but also of entire Rajasthan. Historical sources reveal that the temple was built in 1299, during a war between King Hameer and Ala-ud-din Khilji. King Hameer was a devotee of Lord Ganesha. He dreamt of trinetra idol, won the battle and constructed a beautiful temple within the fort. This is one of the must-see tourist places in Sawai Madhopur as this the only temple in the world that has the whole family of Lord Ganesha.

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