Dholpur Travel Guide
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- State: Rajasthan
- Famous for/as: Heritage
Yadavas controlled the entire region till the battle of Mahabharata concluded. The ancient history of Dholpur is reflected in the ruins of the fort situated on the banks of Chambal River. Ruins of Mahabharata period can also be seen at the ancient temple of Muchukund Ji. Dholpur was also once part of Matsya Janpada, which formed one of the 16 Maha Janpadas during Buddha's period. The Matsya Janpada later became part of the Mauryan Empire. Later on, during Gupta dynasty, it became part of Mathura Janpada.
From 8th century to 10th century, the Janpada was ruled by Chauhans, after which it came under the reign of Jats. The town is believed to have earned its name from Raja Dholan Deo Tonwar, a ruler of this district. The king used to live at a place called Bilpur, which is situated near Chambal and features an old fort.
In 1120 AD, the Dholpur Fort was constructed by Dharampal, who was the Raja of Karauli. During Mughal rule, Dholpur was a famous tourist spot, which was frequented by royals for its natural beauty and forests.
The major attractions in and around Dholpur include Talab-e-Shahi, Machkund Temple, National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and Shergarh Fort. Part of the princely state before Indian independence, it became a separate district in 1982. The district comprises four tehsils, namely Baseri, Bari, Dholpur and Rajakhera.
The town of Dholpur is situated between Gwalior and Agra that are 55 km away from the main town. It is situated 250 km from the national capital Delhi. Dholpur lies on the central railway route and is connected by National Highway (NH-3) on Delhi-Mumbai Road. The closest airport from Dholpur is located at Gwalior, which is around 60 km from the district. Dholpur has its own railway station, which is connected with trains coming from Delhi, Amritsar and Jhansi. Tourists can also choose to travel to the destination by buses from different places, like Gwalior and Agra.
Among all the seasons, the best time to travel to Dholpur is the winter season, between October and February.