History of Sawai Madhopur:
The city of Sawai Madhopur was established in the year 1765 AD and was named after its creator "Sawai Madho Singh I" of Jaipur city. Govinda, the grandson of "Prithviraj Chauhan" established his rule at Ranthambore and continued to rule from this place for about 12 years paying for non-stop combats in opposition to the Sultanate. Later, Rana Kumbha took the Ranthambore Fort into his custody by the mid 15th century. After the demise of Aurangzeb emperor, the Ranthambore fort went under the custody of the Jaipur rulers.
Famous Tourist Attractions and Temples in and around Sawai Madhopur
All the places of interest in Sawai Madhopur are worth visiting. The main places of interest in Sawai Madhopur are as follows -
1. Ranthambore Fort: Probably built in the 10th century this fort has been a witness to the Rajput as well as the Mughal reign. According to popular belief it is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. The massive structure of the fort and its location had made it unconquerable in the past. Further, it is also believed that the history of Sawai Madhopur revolves around Ranthambore Fort.
2. The Ranthambore National Park: The famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is placed on the intersection of the Aravalli & Vindhya mountain ranges, just 14 kms away from the Sawai Madhopur urban. Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most famous national parks in northern India. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle. Tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time. Good time to visit Ranthambore National park is in November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.
3. Balas at Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary: The Balas at Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary is approximately 10 Kilometers away from Sawai Madhopur City, in the beautiful vicinity of the Aravalli knolls. This sanctuary has rocky hillsides, striking landscape, birds and wildlife. This place is one of the finest habitats in the region for several wild animals like the Indian Coarser, Honey Buzzard and the Leopard.
4. Ranthambore Ganesh Temple: The Ranthambore Ganesha Temple is the key magnetism of the Sawai Madhopur. Thousands of people arrive at this place from all parts of India to seek the blessings from Lord Ganesha for contentment and wealth. A fascinating part is the letter that is sent to Lord Ganesha. The mails include the wedding invitations primarily. A special fair is conducted on the "Bhadrapad Sudi Chaturthi" at this temple.
5. Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple: Just around the corner of Ranthambore National Park, cuddled up in the middle of the elevated hills is the holy Amareshwar Mahadeo temple. This is a very popular excursion spot in Sawai Madhopur town.
6. The Rameshwaram Dham: 60 kms from Sawai Madhopur on the confluence of Banas River and Chambal River is Rameshwaram Dham. It has a beautiful Shiva temple where a fair is held annually on the occasion of Shiv Ratri.
7. Chamatkar Temple: The temple is situated only at a distance of about 2 km from the city center. Devotees from all over are drawn to the Chamatkar Temple because of their staunch faith in the powers of worship that can fulfil all their desires and aspirations. Every year, a grand fair is conducted at this temple on "Sarad Purnima".
8. The Kala-Gaura Bhairava Temple: The Kala-Gaura Bhairava Temple is a unique temple of Sawai Madhopur is located in the heart of the city, established by wedging out a hillock. This is one of the few temples that still practices Tantric Kriyas. The Kala-Gaura Bhairava Temple is considered to be a holy place of worship where the wishes and dreams of the worshippers come true.
9. The Khandar Fort: Khandar fort is the Fort of Taragarh of medieval times; it is located at around 40 kms from Sawai Madhopur. There are no evidences regarding the construction of the fort. By virtue of its position on the vertical high hill it was difficult for the enemy to attack the fort, so it has been termed as an "unconquerable fort".
10. The Chauth Mata Temple: The Chauth Mata temple is situated 25kms from the city of Sawai Madhopur. This temple is located on a knoll in the vicinity of the "Chauth Ka Barwara" city which is well-known a powerful temple of the Goddess Devi.
11. The Shiwad Temple: The Shiwad Temple is famous for the "Ghushmeshwar Mahadeo" temple devoted to the powerful Lord Shiva. Thousands of people from various part of the country arrive at this temple to ask for the blessings of Lord Shiva. An impressive fort that is suspended on a petite knoll is one more lure of this temple.
Route to Sawai Madhopur
The city of Sawai Madhopur is located on the major railway line amid Delhi & Mumbai. Also, this city is well connected to Jaipur city. One can also easily reach the city of Sawai Madhopur by bus.
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