Rajasthan is known for its rich heritage and culture. With a number of forts and colourful palaces, with great stories to narrate, Rajasthan has been one of the most-visited destinations, with travellers coming here from all around the world.
Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan is one such heritage site which has a number of attractions to explore. This place was planned by king Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur; hence, the place is named after him.
Sawai Madhopur is known for its famous Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort and the Trinetra Ganesha Temple. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussera, Chauth Mata Mela and Sawai Madhopur Utsav are celebrated with great fervour and gaiety.
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Sawai Madhopur Utsav is celebrated as a tribute to king Sawai Madho Singh I on January 19th of every year. The grand celebrations attract tourists from across the world and it revolves around the proud culture and rich heritage of Rajasthan. The best season to visit this place would be between November and May.
Let's traverse through Sawai Madhopur and get to know about some of the places that should not be missed during our visit.
Ranthambore National Park
Distance From Sawai Madhopur: 17.5 km
Are you a wildlife photographer? Then, you are at the right site. A place which once served the Jaipur kings to quench their thirst of hunting is now an abode for a lot of wild animals. Ranthambore National Park is surrounded by other sanctuaries like Mansingh Sanctuary and Kaila Devi Sanctuary.
It's a thrilling sight to spot the predators in their natural habitat. Sighting a tigress nurturing her little ones is a great experience. The National Park is filled with a wide variety of birds and other animals and is certainly worth a visit.
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Distance From Sawai Madhopur: 16.8 km
The majestic Ranthambore Fort is said to have been built in the mid 10th century. The earlier name of the fort was Ranasthambha during the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan. The fort has been ruled by the Chauhans, the Mughals and the Delhi Sultans.
Located amidst the lush green forests of Aravali and the Vindhya mountains, this fort is a splendid grandeur. The massive fort spreads across an area of 7 km and is known for its Hammir court. Even the slightest of murmurs gets echoed in a most fascinating way here due to its acoustic ambience.
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Trinetra Ganesha Temple
Distance from Sawai Madhopur: 16.8 km
Have you been to a temple where the devotees write letters to the Lord to find solutions to their problems? Yes, here it is. The Trinetra Ganesha Temple in Ranthambore Fort is known for these strange prayers.
The temple is said to have been built by king Hammeer who was a staunch devotee of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha in this temple is a self-manifested one. An idol of Lord Ganesha with three eyes emerged out of one of the fort walls and the king built a temple to celebrate his victory over a war against Alauddin Khilji.
This place is of great religious significance and a lot of devotees come here to seek blessings from the Lord.
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Distance from Sawai Madhopur: 47.8 km
One of the must-visit attractions in Sawai Madhopur is the Khandar Fort. The fort which is concealed and secured in a strategic location almost never came under an easy attack during a lot of wars. The fort has been a favourite one of many rulers.
The fort has been ruled by the Sisodia Kings, Mughals, Jaipur Kings, Bargujar Kings and the Khiljis. The fort is known for its marvellous Jain temple with delicate and intricate carvings. The fort also houses two huge tanks known as Ramkund and Lakshmankund.
The fort also has seven temples and seven other ponds out of which only four are visible. Wild animals like leopards and tigers can easily be spotted in the fort premises.
Distance from Sawai Madhopur: 17.5 km
Located inside the Ranthambore National Park, Padam Talao is one of the must-visit places in Sawai Madhopur. The lake gets the name from the abundant lotus flowers it bears. Legend also has it that this was the place where Princess Padmavati committed Sati.
Padam in the local dialect refers to the lotus flower. Being one of the largest lakes inside the National Park, it is frequently visited by a lot of wild animals to quench their thirst.
The architecture around the Padam Talao is amazing and if you would like to have a close watch of the wild animals you can get on the machans that are build around the lake.
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