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Information about Sawai Madhopur

Sawai Madhopur is a city and Municipal Corporation (Nagar Parisad) in Sawai Madhopur District, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the administrative headquarters of the district.It is home to the Ranthambore National Park and the historic Ranthambore Fort a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies within the national park.This area was ruled by Raja Hammir Dev who was a Rajput king of Chauhan lineage along with his Bargujar relatives. The area was destroyed by Allaudin Khiljee.

Sawai Madhopur was built as a planned city by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur (17501768), who named the township after himself.Sawai Madhopur is well-known for its guavas, affectionately known as "Madhopur guavas" in Rajasthan.

Fairs and Festivals

Ganesh Chaturthi Fair
Ganesh Chaturthi Fair is the largest fair of Sawai Madhopur. It is conducted on Bhadav Shukla Chaturthi at Ganesh Temple, Ranthambhore Fort. This is very famous fair in Rajasthan. People of Rajasthan and outside Rajasthan visit for this fair. Every year 34 lacks devotees participates in this fair. This fair is organised for three days.

Dussehra is celebrated in Sawai Madhopur for 10 days in the month of October.

Tourist Attractions in Sawai Madhopur

It is the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex. The Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is considered as a living ethnographic museum to portray the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the West Zone. Within this complex, huts of the member states are constructed which incorporates traditional architectural features of different geographical and ethnic groups residing within the West Zone of India comprising five Federal States. One of the significant objectives of Shilpgram is in the sphere of increasing awareness and knowledge of rural life and crafts, specifically, for the younger generation. Special emphasis is laid on workshops for children on arts, crafts, theatre and music.

Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History
Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History Sawai Madhopur,Rajasthan was done by:Shri.M.Hamid Ansari Honorable Vice President of India on Date:23 December 2007.The Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History, Sawai Madhopur is considered to be an informal center for environmental education and creation of public awareness on conservation of nature and natural resources. The museum intends to undertake the task of communication and creating public awareness through the prospective medium of exhibits and educational activities.It would provide an understanding of the diversity of life on earth, the factors responsible for their well being,man's dependence upon nature and the need to maintain our ecological heritage free from damage and demolition to ensure sustainable development, with special emphasis on the Western Arid region of India.

Trinetra Ganesh Temple
Trinetra Ganesh Temple also known as Ranthambore Ganesh Temple. Ganesha Temple is main attraction of the Sawai Madhopur, thousands of people come from every corner of the country come over here, and seek blessings from the Lord for happiness and affluence. One interesting feature is the mail that is sent to Lord Ganesha consisting mainly of wedding invitations. A fair is held on Bhadrapad Sudi Chaturthi over here.

Kala-Gaura Bhairwa Temple
On the right side of the city gate touching the heights of mountains lies a 'Tantrik' of Bhairava. Big elephants with raised tusks on its gate. Main attractions are the Kala-Gaura Bhairvas dressedin 'Tamasi' and 'Rajsi' styles respectively.

Ranthambore Fort
The history of Sawai Madhopur revolves around the Ramthambhor fort which was Surrounded by Vindhyas and Aravalis, amidst enormous and dry uncover areas of Rajasthan, lies the oasis of biomass in an ecological desert, the Great Ranthambhor.The strength and inaccessibility of the fort was a challenge to the ambitions of the rulers of the ancient and medieval India, particularly those of Delhi and Agra. The famous ruler of the fort was Rao Hamir who ruled around 1296 AD.History relates that none of the rulers had a quiet magic charm in spite of its strong geographical strength. Remnants of wonderful architectural monuments, ponds and lakes enlighten avid lover of the subject. The spirit of this great fort inspires loyalty, valour and love. Every part reflects the ancient character of Indian culture and philosophy.There are various places of historical interest inside the fort namely Toran Dwar, Mahadeo Chhatri, Sameton Ki Haveli, 32 pillared Chhatri, Mosque and the Ganesh Temple.

Chamatkaarji Temple
The ChamatkarJi Temple is located on the main road railway station to Sawai Madhopur city. This temple is well-known for many miracles. The name ChamatkarJi means the deity who performs miracles. A fair is held here on 'Sarad Poornima' every year.

Ranthambore National Park
It is one of the largest national parks in India. It is located around 11 km away from the city of Sawai Madhopur. It was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India, and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park in 1980. In 1984, the nearby forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries.

How to Get There

By Rail
Sawai Madhopur Junction is situated on the Delhi to Mumbai trunk route. This is by far the best way of reaching the place from Delhi, Jaipur or Kota.The city is a stop for many trains.
By Road

Sawai Madhopur is linked with neighboring districts and with major cities outside the state. NH-116 (Tonk-Sawai Madhopur ) and Kota-Lalsot Mega Highway passes through the city.

Intra-city Transport
City Buses, Tempo and autos are available for traveling within the Sawai Madhopur city and to travel nearby tourist sports such as Ranthambore National Park and Ranthambore Fort Jeeps, Canter and Gypsy are available.

By Air
Jaipur at 180 km is the nearest airport from Sawai Madhopur.

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