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Sawai Madhopur - Tiger city OR Madhopur guavas

STATE - RAJASTHAN
   
DISTANCE - 180 KM From Jaipur, 220 KM From Kota

 
CONNECTION
 
By Air : Jaipur 165km is the nearest airport.

By Rail : Located on the Delhi Mumbai main railway line, it is well connected with Jaipur and other major tourist centers.

Road : A good network of bus services connect aswai Madhopur with many places.
 
ABOUT SAWAI MADHOPUR
 
Sawai Madhopur’s original name was simply Madhopur, until Raja Jai Singh II met the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. According to legend, Aurangzeb took on a military campaign in the Deccan and sought Jai Singh’s help in expanding his empire. Jai Singh conveniently declined. At this time Rajasthan was being ruled by the Emperor and Madhopur was directly under Delhi rule, the 14 year old Jai Singh being merely Aurangzeb’s vassal. After the battle Aurangzeb summoned the Rajput to Delhi to be tried for disobeying his royal command.

While the trial was in progress and just as the Emperor was about to have Jai Singh sent to the gallows, Aurangzeb held the teenaged raja’s hand. Upon this Jai Singh declared that since the Emperor had taken his hand as a groom takes his wife’s, he was under the direct protection of the Emperor. Jai Singh’s wit impressed Aurangzeb so much that he forgave the little king for his folly and conferred upon him the title of sawai (one and a quarter). Since then the rulers of Jaipur have flown two flags – one full and the other quarter – as a symbol to this title.
 
PLACES OF INTERESTS IN SAWAI MADHOPUR
 
Ranthambhore National Park : The 392 sq.km park comprises of dry deciduous forest sprawling over the undulating terrain of the Arvalli and Vindhaan ranges. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country under the project tiger. The majestc predators assured if protection roam freely during the day times and can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambtor sanctuary has large number of sambhar, chital nigai chinkar langur wild boar and peafowl.

Ranthambor Fort : The history of Sawai Madhopur revolves around the Ramthambhor fort. Surrounded by Vindhyas and Aravalis, amidst vast and arid denuded tracts of Rajasthan, lies the oasis of biomass in an ecological desert, the Great Ranthambhor . No one knows when this fort was built.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 eminent ruler of the fort was Rao Hamir who ruled around 1296 AD.

Rameshwaram Dham : 60 kms. from Sawai Madhopur on the onfluence of Banas and Chambal river is Rameshwaram. It has a beautiful Shiva temple where a fair is held annually on Shiv Ratri.

Khandar Fort : Khandar fort is the fort of Taragarh of nmedieval times, it lies 40 Km. of Sawai Madhopur. There are no evidences regarding the construction of the fort but one thing is certain that the fort was at its peak in the 12th century. It has been constructed on the basis of ancient Indian architectural standards. By virtue of its situation on the vertical high hill it was difficult for the enemy to attack the fort,so it has been termed as an invincible fort.
 
RELIGIOUS PLACES IN SAWAI MADHOPUR
 
ChouthMata Temple : 25 kms. from Sawai Madhopur and situated on a hill near Chauth Ka Barwara town is the famous temple of Mother Goddess. It is a very famous temple.

Shiwad Temple : Shiwad Temple is known for the Ghushmeshwar Mahadeo temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thousands of people come here to seek blessings of Lord Shiva for prosperity. An imposing fort perched on a small hill is an added attraction of the place.

Chamatkar Temple : The ChamatkarJi Temple Situated on the main road railway station to Sawai Madhopur city . This temple is famous for many miracles. The name ChamatkarJi means the deity who performs miracles. A fair is held here on 'Sarad Poornima' every year.

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 tuskson its gate. Main attractions are the Kala-Gaura Bhairvas dressedin 'Tamasi' and 'Rajsi' styles respectively.
 
WHEN TO GO SAWAI MADHOPUR
 
The best time to visit Sawai Madhopur is during the winter months from November to May. Winter months are pleasant enough for long stays
 
WEATHER FORECAST
 
The region of Sawai Madhopur extremities of climate dry and hot. Generally the district has a dry climate except during the short rainy season. The area receives rainfall in July and August.
 
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN SAWAI MADHOPUR
 
International Kite Festival : Even though Sawai Madhopur’s International Kite Festival has only been held for a few years, it has become very popular. The best kite-flyers descend on the city from all around India and from other countries as well. The date for the 3-day festival is set according to the celebration of Makar Sankranti, in mid-January.

Nagaur Cattle Fair : The second-largest fair in all of India takes place in Sawai Madhopur. It runs for 8 days, beginning in either late January or early February and its purpose has predominantly been the trading of animals. In fact, more than 70,000 bulls, camels, and horses are traded here annually. Animals are elaborately decorated and their owners wear traditional costumes, creating a festive atmosphere.

Holi : Falling in late March, Holi is the most popular seasonal festival celebrated in India, and events are held over a 2-day period. On the first evening, known as Holika, an effigy of a witch is burned in a large bonfire, marking the end of winter and the start of a new year. On the second day, participants splash water and brightly-coloured powders on friends, relatives and anyone else they encounter.

Gangaur : Ganguar is a festival dedicated to Parvati, a goddess held in high esteem by Indian women. Individual homes will display coloured wooden images of Parvati unmarried girls pray to the goddess seeking ideal husbands and married women pray to her in the hope of achieving marital happiness.

Nav Sati : Held annually in late March or early April, depending on the lunar calendar, at Ban Ganga in Bifara Tehsil of Sawai Madhopur, Nav Sati attracts thousands of people. Nav Sati was originally organised in the memory of nine widows who committed sati – a form of suicide in which the widow sacrifices her life on the funeral pyre of her recently deceased husband.Ritual bathing in the Banganga river is an essential element of participation. Later in the day, villagers and participants from other areas together join in the enjoyment of traditional music and dance.

Veerpuri Fair : Although not a local event, the Veerpuri Fair is held in celebration of the memory of all of Rajasthan’s heroes. It occurs in late July or early August, on the last Monday of Shravan at the Mandore Gardens in Jodhpur. People come from all over the state, gathering here in traditional attire, and offers cash or sweets to the images of several deities, such as Bhairav, Chamunda and Ganesh.

Nag Panchami : This festival on Bhadtapada Budi Panchami honours the serpent king, Nag – which falls in the late July to early August period. Large crowds come to see well-known snake charmers and their cobras. The serpents are worshipped, and most particularly so by women. Large effigies of the mythical serpent king are on display everywhere.

Marwar Festival : Another celebration held in Jodhpur that attracts participants from all corners of Rajasthan is the Marwar Festival which features folk music based on the romantic lifestyles of Rajasthan’s early rulers. In particular, the music and dance of the Marwar region that is the focus. Troupes of folk dancers and singers offer lively entertainment. Along with the music, festival-goers are entertained by polo matches and horse-riding competitions.

Diwali : This festival is a celebration commemorating the return of Lord Rama to his home after being in exile for 14 years. The date is linked to the lunar calendar, and falls in late October or early November. Cities throughout India are illuminated by the light of thousands of oil lamps. Ceremonies of worship to the deity Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, are held in the evening.
 
FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN SAWAI MADHOPUR

  • Ker-Sangri on Bajara Roti
  • Dal-Bati-Churma
  • Chapatti
  • Frying Puris
  • Khud khargosh.

 

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