A small town, but worth staying at least for 2 nights. The moment you descend at the sawaimadhopur station, you are welcomed by beautiful scenic paintings of the forest and tigers on every wall available. You have a choice of staying at hotel ranging from 500 â‚¹ a night to â‚¹ 70, 000 a night. Must book the tiger safari at least twice to make sure you don't miss the tigers. And then in evening or afternoon visit the Shilpgram, the craft campus. A beautiful place to hangout and end up doing some unique shopping for friends and family.
I had been to Sawai Madhopur by road in the month of December 2016. Sawai Madhopur is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Rajasthan. The must-visit attractions around Sawai Madhopur include the Ranthambore National Park, Jogi Mahala and the Ranthambore Fort. The Ranthambore National Park is full of large banyan trees and is home to many animals such as Leopard, sambar and the tiger. The National Park is rich with its ambience and this park came into prominence with the series " Land of the tiger" which was jointly promoted by Mr Fateh Rathore and Valmik Thapar. Jogi Mahal is a forest department rest house. Abutting this natural wonder is the " Padam Talab". This place is the second largest banyan tree in India. The royal Chauhans built the Ranthambore Fort around the 10th century. This is the oldest fort of Rajasthan. There is a banyan tree at the entrance of the fort gate which is more than 400 years old. The fort has within temples, tanks, massive gates and walls adding to its royal splendour.
Sawai Madhopur was named by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur after himself during his rule from 1750-1768. It is a city and administrative headquarter in the state of Rajasthan. Built as a well planned city, the area was initially ruled by a Rajput Emperor, Raja Hammir Dev, who belonged to the Chauhan Dynasty. Later the area got destroyed when it was invaded by Allaudin Khiljee.
A prominent city in western India, Sawai Madhopur shares its borders with Dausa District in the north, Tonk District in the east, Bundi District in the south-east and Karauli District in the north-west. Chambal River and Kota District are also adjacent to Sawai Madhopur.
The area is well known for its guavas, which are popularly referred as ‘Madhopur Guavas’ in Rajasthan. Sawai Madhopur in addition to its rich historical past, which is depicted in the magnificent Ranthambore Fortress, is also home to the Ranthambore National Park.
The town of Sawai Madhopur has many attractions like the Mahadeo Chattri, Ranthambore Ganesh Temple, Chouth Mata Temple, Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple and the Rameshwaram Dham. The Ranthambore Fort, with its rich, glorious past and intricate architecture provides a glimpse of the yesteryears of Indian history.
Sameton Ki Haveli and the Toran Dwar are other attractions of the city. Fairs and festivals in this town are well known in the whole of Rajasthan, which can help tourists get a glimpse of the Rajasthani tradition and culture.
The best time to visit Sawai Madhopur is from November to April. Sawai Madhopur is well connected to Jaipur, Delhi and other major cities by road. The nearest airport is at Jaipur, while the town has a rail station of its own which is connected to major rail stations in the country.