Cuddled up in the eastern zone of Rajasthan and surrounded by Vindhyas & Aravalis, Sawai Madhopur is a treat for adventure enthusiasts as well as the ones with a fascination for history.
Let’s explore the Gateway to Ranathambore and the sites that Sawai Madhopur has to offer.
Ranthambore fort - The noteworthy Ranthambore Fort is the main attraction in Sawai Madhopur. The fort is characterised by temples, tanks, massive gates and huge walls and was recently included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Ghushmeshwar Temple - Enshrined in the Puranas, the Ghushmeshwar Temple is believed to be 12th or the last of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Situated at the Siwar village in Sawai Madhopur, this temple has many mythological stories weaved around it.
Amreshwar Mahadev - Nestled amidst the high hills on the way to Ranthambore National Park is the sacred Amreshwar Mahadev temple. The representation of 12 Jyotir Lingas and a 11ft high Shivling attracts a lot of devotees to come and seek blessing of Lord Mahadev.
Khandhar Fort - The imposing Khandar Fort is a place worth visiting and is situated just 45 kms from Sawai Madhopur. This magnificent fortification was long ruled by the Sisodia Kings of Mewar after which it was taken over by the Mughals. It is believed that the king of this fort never lost a war.
Ranthambore - Situated 14 km from Sawai Madhopur, the Ranthambore Park gets its name from the Ranthambore Fort situated within its boundaries. The National Park, situated amidst the Aravalis and Vindhya ranges is Home to the elusive tiger, other animals found here include chinkara, sambhar, cheetal and over 300 species of birds.
Shilpgram, Sawai Madhopur - Located near the Ramsinghpura village, about 9 km from Sawai Madhopur is the Shilpgram. It is a craft village that encompasses and showcases the tremendous diversity in arts, crafts, and cultures of the various Indian states. An embodiment of Rajasthani culture and heritage through arts and crafts, Shilpgram is a site that needs to be seen to be understood and appreciated.
Safari at Ranthambore - One of the best ways to observe wildlife at the Ranthambore National Park is through a safari. Apart from the royal Bengal tiger, you can also spot sloth bears, leopards, jackals, foxes and hyenas. Exotic species of birds found here make it a bird watcher's paradise. For information & online reservations, CLICK HERE!
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