Dholpur is a city in easternmost parts of the Rajasthan state of India. Dhaulpur became a separate district in 1982. Dholpur according to the Epics was initially known as Dhawalgiri and later on Dhaulagiri, and now as Dholpur.
Before the battle of Mahabharat, this whole area was under the Yadavas, whose different branches were spread over the entire area extending from the south of the river Chambal. Col.James Todd in his book Annals and Antiquities of Rajputana has mentioned that the area was submerged under the sea during the Ramayan period. The key to the ancient history of Dholpur is the ruins of strength fort which is situated on the bank of river Chambal.
Places to visit in the city are Ramsagar Sanctuary, National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary, Shree Ramchand and Hanuman Temple, Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary etc.
One of the largest lodges in Rajasthan's Dholpur is the Bari Heritage and Hunting Lodge. Built by Mughals with lush green cover, the hunting lodge at Bari is built in an L shape around a lake. The lodge has three pavilions which form the L-shaped structure. These pavilions also have an exclusive enclosure made by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, and also has hammams, where Sha Jahan used to relax. The lake itself is home to hundreds of migratory and native birds. Agra lies just 93 Kms from Bari.
Khanpur Mahal was an urge home for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The beautiful structures of Khanpur Mahal are the major attractions which mesmerize the visitors.
It is here where Daulat Rao Scindia was defeated at the hands of Lord Lake. The oldest Mughal garden, built by Babur was discovered at Johor, the grandeur of which is still reflected in by its ruins. Damoh Waterfall and Kanpur Mahal are some of the places not to be missed.
Located 8 km away from Dholpur, Machkund is a revered Hindu site. It was named after Raja Machkund the 24th king of the Suryavanshi Dynasty (the solar race) who is believed to have reigned nineteen generations before Lord Ram.
That was thousands of years ago, and it's really surprising how the legend has survived. The place bursts forth with life once a year when it becomes a pilgrim site. There are also the ruins of an ancient fort (1286) built by Firoz Shah.
At 2 km distance from the city on Hindu Muslim Unity Road Muni Siddha Baba's Tomb is located. The Tomb is located about 200 feet high on a mountain. Here on every Thursday people of all religion devotes the blanket and flowers.
National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the rare Ganges river dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in 1978 and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh, within an area of 5,400 km?. Approximately 400 km of the river is within the reserve. Apart from the Ganges River Dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include mugger crocodile and gharial (Gavialis gangeticus). Migratory birds from Siberia form its rich avian fauna.
Situated at the Townhall road, this 150 feet high tower was made by Raja Nihal Singh in 1910. The foot of the tower is covered with 12 gates of similar size and cover around 120 feet.
In the city near Palace 'Radha Bihari Temple' keep greater priority in other religious places. The architecture and sculpture of the temple are excellent. Dholpur stone is used in the construction of this temple.
Contains picturesque Ramsagar Lake, which supports rich aquatic life including freshwater crocodiles and a number of fishes and snakes. Waterbirds such as Cormorants, White-breasted water Hen, Moor Hen, Jacanas, River Tern, Ringed Plover, Sand Piper and Herons (Green and Purple) are quite common. During winter month migratory ducks and geese also visit the lake in good numbers.
Just close to the ravines of Chambal, where no vegetation can occur, are the world's oldest mountain range, The Aravallis, situated across 113 km of area.
The temple of Lord Shiva, situated close to Parvati Lake, is an ancient temple.
It is an old fort of historic importance, located towards the south of Dholpur town, beside the Chambal River. It was named after the Sultan of Delhi, Sher Shah Suri, the Shergarh fort was initially built as a form of defense against the rulers of Mewar in mid 16th century.
The fort is the model of rich delicate style architectures of past. Festooned with carved images, statues of Hindu gods and Jain motifs, Shergarh Fort was protected by water, considered as the charm of Dholpur.
This is a historical monument which boasts great architectural beauty of all times. The Shiva temple is located near the Gwalior Agra Road.
At 4 km distance from Dholpur, the famous Hanuman temple and Ramchandrji are situated; that was built in the period of King Kirti Singh. The statue of Hanuman is 7 feet high is a unique heritage. This temple also has a statue of "Lord Ram" in 24 incarnations which mesmerize viewers.
Just 19 km distance from the city 'Sone ka Gurja (Gold Gurja)' named temple is situated from the time of King Ashok. It has a big carved dome on the top.
Just 40 km from Dholpur is yet another scenic and historic lake known as Talab-e-shahi. Both the lake and the palace was constructed in 1617 AD. They were considered as the shooting lodge for Price Shahjahan. As a memorial, Talab- E- Shahi was made by the rulers of Dholpur. A number of migratory lakes used to visit this lake. Migratory fowls like Pintails, shoveller, red-crested pochard, common pochard, tufted duck, common teal, garganey teal.
The tiny village of Johor (16km) has something to boast of too the oldest Mughal Garden of the subcontinent which was laid in 1527 by Babur. But this once-famous spread was discovered only in 1978, by Elizabeth Moynihan, the wife of the then United States Ambassador to India. Using Babur's autobiography as a guide, Elizabeth meticulously traced clues from Uzbekistan to Dholpur. But by then much of the once elaborate garden was wiped out. Another site worth seeing in Dholpur is the ancient Shiv Mandir, also called the Chaupara Mandir. It is located near the Gwalior-Agra road and is a monument of great architectural beauty.
Van Vihar Wild Life Sanctuary is situated almost 18 km away from Dholpur. This wildlife sanctuary reserve of the paragons of Dholpur.It almost covers an area of 59.86 km. It has a rich variety of wildlife.
Chhatri of Rana Udaybhanu Singh, Jubali Hall, Bandh Devra Ramgarh, Brahmani Mata Temple, Machkund Temple, Manihara Mahadev Temple, Sitabari etc.