Sunday, January 5, 2020

Basic data and tourism information on Dholpur District of Rajasthan

Dholpur District at a Glance

·                     District:                     Dholpur
·                     Headquarters:          Dholpur
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·                     Total:                         3033
·                     Rural:                         2964
·                     Urban:                       69
Population (Census 2011) 
·                     Population:               1206516
·                     Rural:                         959066
·                     Urban:                       247450
·                     Male:                          653647
·                     Female:                     552869
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):      846
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):        398
Constituencies (ECI) 
·                     Assembly:     4
·                     Lok Sabha:    0

The town of Dholpur is the district headquarters. Dholpur District is a part of Bharatpur Divisional Commissionerate. It became a separate district in 1982.
The Chambal River forms the southern boundary of the district, across which lies the state of Madhya Pradesh. The district is bounded by the state of Uttar Pradesh on the east and northeast, by Bharatpur District of Rajasthan on the northwest, and Karauli District of Rajasthan on the west.
The economy of the district is primarily agricultural. The regional language of Dholpur is "Braj Bhasha" that has a touch of Bundelkhandi and Khadi bhasha.


Muchchhkund is about 4 km from the town of Dholpur. It is an ancient, sacred place and provides a very picturesque view. The place is named after Raja Muchchhukand, the 24th of the Suryavanshi Dynasty (the solar race) who is said to have reigned nineteen generations before Lord Ram. According to legend, Raja Muchchhkund was sleeping here when demon Kaal Yaman (while pursuing lord Krishna) accidentally woke him up. The demon Kaal Yaman was burnt to ashes because of a divine blessing to Raja Muchchhkund. It is now a sacred place for pilgrims.


Muchchhkund Temple

National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary

The Chambal river remains one of north India's most unpolluted rivers, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary contains the rare Ganges river dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in 1978 and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, within an area of 5,400 km². Approximately 400 km of the river is within the reserve. Apart from the Ganges river dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include crocodiles (mugger) and gharial (Gavialis gangeticus). Migratory birds from Siberia form its rich avian fauna.

Chambal Ghariyals

Picturesque view of River Chambal

This is a waterfall in Sarmathura. It is the main tourist spot in whole district and is visible in rainy season [July–September]. Besides this, Damoye has a large, green forest range with wild animals.

Damoye Waterfalls

27 kilometres from Dholpur (and 5 kilometers from Bari) is a picturesque lake called Talab Shahi. The lake and the palace were built in 1617 A.D. as a shooting lodge for Prince Shah Jahan. The palace and the lake were later maintained by the ruler of Dholpur. The lake attracts a large number of winter migratory fowl such as pintail, shoveller, red crested pochard, common pochard, tufted duck, garganey teal, wigeon and fadwall.

Lake Talaab-e-Shahi

Ramsagar Sanctuary
The sanctuary contains the picturesque Ramsagar Lake, which supports rich aquatic life including fresh water crocodiles and a number of fishes and snakes. Water birds such as cormorants, white-breasted water hen, moor hen, jacanas, river tern, ringed plover, sand piper, and green and purple herons are quite common. During winter months migratory ducks and geese visit the lake in good numbers. It covers an area of 34.40 sq. km.

A view of Ramsagar Sanctuary

Van Vihar Wild Life Sanctuary

Van Vihar, an old wildlife reserve of the rulers of Dholpur is spread over an area of 25.60 sq. km. over the Vindhyan Plateau; supports a rather open stunted growth of Dhok and Khair trees. It is inhabited by animals like Sambhar, Chital, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Hyena and Leopard.

The best time to visit is between October and February.

Alligator at Van Vihar sanctuary (Image credit:

Van Vihar Sanctuary

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