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
· 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.
PLACES OF INTEREST
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.
National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary
|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.
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.
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: Wikipedia.org)|
|Van Vihar Sanctuary|