Sawai Madhopur is a small city located around 154 km from Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan. The city lies on the banks of the Chambal River. It has been named after Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I, who was the ruler of Jaipur region in the 18th century.
Sawai Madhopur in history
The city has witnessed several changes of ruling dynasties and kings. It was initially under the control of the Rajput Emperor of Chauhan dynasty, Raja Hammir Dev. Later the city was invaded and taken over by the forces of Alauddin Khilji, and the whole infrastructure was ruined. Currently, Sawai Madhopur is known for several historic and natural sites in and around the city, the prominent ones being the nearby Ranthambore National Park and the Ranthambore Fort, around 11 km from the main city.
Tourist places in and around Sawai Madhopur
The city is home to a number of tourist attractions of historical, archaeological and religious importance and also a few sightseeing spots like Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Rameshwaram Ghat. The major historical sites in and around the city are the Ranthambore Fort, the Handar Fort and Sameton ki Haveli.
Sawai Madhopur is full of temples and shrines of religious significance, the major ones being Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple, Chamatkarji Jain Temple, Kaila Devi Temple, Chauth Mata Temple and the famous Shri Mahaveerji Temple. These attractions transport visitors to the glorious years of Indian history and show them the rich culture of Rajasthan.
Fest, Fairs and Food
The best way to understand the culture and traditions of Sawai Madhopur is by coming to the town during the popular annual fairs. These fairs are held every year at a number of temples and religious shrines. Sawai Madhopur is famous for its guavas, better known as “Madhopur Guavas”, which are valued for their taste and quality. The place is also popular for its traditional dance forms, the most popular ones being the Sawai Madhopur dance, the Ghoomar dance and the Kalbeliya dance.
How to reach Sawai Madhopur
Sawai Madhopur is well connected to major Indian cities by road and rail network. Tourists wishing to avail air transport will have to catch a flight to Jaipur, the nearest airport at a distance of 154 kilometres from Sawai Madhopur.
Sawai Madhopur weather
The small city experiences typical sub tropical climate with hot, dry summers and warm humid, monsoons. The best time to visit the place is during the winter season, when the climate remains cool and pleasant.