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Sawai Madhopur Fast Facts
- State: Rajasthan
- District: Sawai Madhopur
- Famous for/as: Historical,Wildlife
- Altitude: 237 m
- Language: Rajasthani, Hindi
- Best Season: Oct - May
- Weather: Summer 32-45°C, Winter 20-30°C
- Clothing: Summer- Cotton, light clothing Winter – Warm woolens, thick jacket, gloves
- Local Transport:
- Pincode: 3220xx
- STDCode: 07462
Sawai Madhopur Info
Tourist Information Bureau
Railway Station, Platform No. 1
Tel.: (07462) 220808.
Tourist Reception Centre
RTDC Hotel Vinayak
Ranthambhor Road, Sawai Madhopur
Department of Tourism
Government of Rajasthan,
Paryatan Bhawan, Government Hostel Campus,
MI Road, Jaipur 302 001 Rajasthan (India)
Tel.: + 91 141 5110598, 5155137
Sawai Madhopur, India Overview
The town is named after Sawai Madho Singh I, the Maharaja of Jaipur, who built the town during the late 18th century.
Sawai Madhopur is a secluded small town in the state of Rajasthan and cannot be termed as a fully developed city. Despite this, Sawai Madhopur experiences a huge footfall of tourists annually. The world famous Ranthambhore National Park with the largest population of tigers in the state takes the credit for this density of tourists here. Sawai Madhopur is a place worth visiting for other than the Ranthambhore National Park. It entices the tourists with wide ranging views of mounts, grasslands, beautiful pastures and majestic ranges of Aravalli and Vindhya mountains surrounding the city. Apart from the scenic nature the town also has some wonderful temples that have a lot of religious and historic importance.
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Sawai Madhopur, India History
Ranthambhore Fort is believed to have been built during the 10th century. This fort had control over the trade routes between North and Central India due to its strategic location. Holding this fort was considered very coveted among the rulers. The Ranthambhore Fort flourished under the rule of King Rao Hammir, the last Chauhan dynasty ruler (1282 - 1301 AD). After a series of defeats Ala-ud-din Khilji, the ruler of Delhi finally conquered the Ranthambhore Fort in 1301 ending the reign of the Chauhans. The next three centuries were turbulent in the history of Ranthambhore Fort till the Mughal emperor Akbar took charge and dissolved the Princely State of Ranthambore in 1558. The fort was under Mughal rulers till the 18th century.
Jaipur state ruler Sawai Madho Singh wanted to check the Maratha aggression and requested the Mughal rulers to hand over the Ranthambhore fort to him unsuccessfully. Later on Sawai Madho Singh fortified the nearby village of Sherpur and called it after himself as Sawai Madhopur in 1763. Finally, in 1754, Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted Sawai Madhopur to Sawai Madho Singh. The city was made the hunting reserve for the royal family. Eventually prior to the Independence Sawai Man Singh, of Jaipur state, established a railway link between Jaipur and Sawai Madhopur. A railway station developed 4 kilometers from the Sawai Madhopur town and a new settlement got established. This twin town of Sawai Madhopur outgrew the older City and is popular as Man Town.
Sawai Madhopur was established in the late 18th century and was ruled by Chauhan Dynasty rulers. Later it was under the British rule and post independence became a district of the state of Rajasthan.
Sawai Madhopur is famous for the vegetation and fertile lands and the world famous Ranthambore National Park located at a distance of 12 km.