Sawai Madhopur is a city in Rajasthan state of India. The city was founded by Sawai Madho Singh I on 19 January 1763, he was the ruler of Jaipur in the 18th century. This city is on the bank of the Chambal River and surrounded by Aravalli ranges. It is a beautiful city having some astonishing views of the hilly mountain ranges. However, the city is famous for the Ranthambore National Park, a major tiger reserve in the country. It is a well-known tourist destination for wildlife lovers and photographers.
The city has various forts, waterfalls and forest reserves to explore and experience the beauty of nature. It is a historic city that witnessed many events of the Rajput rulers. The city is a beautiful destination to experience the unbelievable views of mother nature. Here you can experience the core traditions and culture of the state. This place is renowned from the start as during the British Rule Maharaja Sawai Man Singh constructed a railway track between Jaipur and Sawai Madhopur. This made it easy for the traders to access the centre spot of the state.
Ranthambore National Park
This is the largest Tiger reserve in the country and is famous for its population of Indian Tigers. The park is situated 14 km from the city of Sawai Madhopur and is spread over 1411 sq. km approximately. This place is named after the famous Ranthambore Fort that lies inside the national park. Being the finest reserve this place fascinates numerous tourists from across the world every year. The national park is a haven for wildlife lovers as well as for photographers. The park has so many things to explore not just the living habitat of wild animals but also some old ruin structures.
The reserve is huge and not possible to be explored in one single visit, therefore the reverse authorities have management for staying inside the park. On the premises of the park, you can stay for the nights in the lush green forest environment and enjoy the natural beauty. The morning views of the park a so beautiful with the melodious voices of birds. Along with the stay you can also enjoy the cultural and traditional shows organised by the resorts. The national reserve has so many things to do and the most important jeep safari. During the safari, you can witness the simple interaction between tigers and different animals.
Rajasthan’s people are known for their Aan Baan and Shaan, (i.e., Majesty, Dignity and Honour) traits. Similarly, the Tigers in Ranthambore are very calm and move with a royal aura around them. They like to be praised by the visitors and hence remain calm while the vehicles cross by them. This gives photographers to click some naturally beautiful pictures of the tigers. Additionally, the environment of the park has a perfect Jungle Book vibe which enhances the beauty of the pictures and your experience here.
Attractions of Sawai Madhopur
- Ranthambore Fort :- The fort is known for its fine architecture and surroundings. It was founded in the 10th century by the ruler of the Chauhan Dynasty. This place is one of the musts to visit locations in the city. However, it is the place where the first Jauhar was performed in Rajasthan. Here you can have amazing views of the lush green forest and hills.
- Khachida Valley :- The valley is located 13km away from the national park. This place is known for its numerous Panther population. You can reach here via jeep safari and enjoy the uneven hill covered with green grass and extensive species of flora and fauna. The valley is a beautiful location to explore the living nature of wild animals. Here you can find various other animals also like deer and bears.
- Trinetra Ganesh Temple :- This temple is situated in Ranthambore Fort. It is dedicated to lord Ganesh and here people worship only the head of the idol. This is a popular temple in the city and believe that every wish comes true after coming here. However, every year on Ganesh Chaturthi a big fanfare is organised in the fort to celebrate the festival. It is the must to visit tourist attraction in the city.
- Ghushmeshwar Temple :- The temple is one of the twelve Jyotir Linga of lord Shiva. It is a famous temple known for its incredible history and architecture. This place lies in the Devgiri Mountains of the Shiwad region. Here the place remains cool because the devotees believe that Lord Shiva is in a devastating and angry state. Therefore, in an effort to keep him calm the linga is always kept in the water.
Famous food of the city
Rajasthan is famous for its incredible culture and heritage along with its delicious cuisines. However, being one of the largest states in the country, the culture of the state changes every 20 km. The state has so many different languages and traditions. That means the state has so many variations in its flavours and dishes. Hence, in this blog we are talking about Sawai Madhopur then how can we forget to learn and taste the lip-smacking cuisines? The city has so many popular dishes to serve but the sweets here are fabulous.
Starting the trip with non-other than Motichoor ke Ladoo. These laddoos are famous here for their distinctive flavour of cinnamon and desi ghee. The texture of Bundi in the laddoo is so fine and melts as soon as reaches the mouth. Second, comes the speciality of the city Kharbuje ke Ladoo. Isn’t it shocking? That is how it can possible to make laddoo from Kharbuja (Muskmelon), and if it is then how it can be the famous sweet of the city? Kharbuje ke Ladoo is a historic dish of the city and is specially made during the summer season only. Hence, it is a must to try sweets here which can be found in some old shops only.
Now come to the dish of Rajasthan state, Dal Batti Churma. The city restaurants have their own style of baking Batti. They bake them in big ovens or say Bhatti and then roast them in the ash and smoke, then mix a huge amount of ghee before serving them. Therefore, the Batti tastes so different than usual. Apart from all this Guava or Amrud fruit of the city is famous in the whole country. The fruit is exported to different parts of the country as well as in the world.
Best time to visit Sawai Madhopur
As we all know there is no perfect time to visit any location, the time you visit it is the best time. Hence visiting the city in the months of October – April is worthwhile because the Ranthambore National Park remains open during this period. The best time to visit Sawai Madhopur is in the winter season, as during this season the weather is calming and peaceful. During these months you can witness the beautiful views of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. Moreover, July – September are the months of rainfall in the region. Therefore, you can also witness the mesmerizing waterfall of the location.
For concluding the blog, it is said that Sawai Madhopur is a breathtaking location to visit. The city has so much to learn and explore about the royal history of Rajasthan state. Here you can enjoy the tiger safari and the natural lifestyle of the people. This city is a historic place to spend your holidays and experience the royal culture of the state in its homestays as well as in hotels. Sawai Madhopur is a perfect holiday destination and a paradise for nature lovers. The city offers so many things to do during your visits and makes your trip an unforgettable one.
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