Sawai Madhopur City Tour

A Word about the founder

Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh To check the increasing incursions of the Marathas , Modho Singh the Ruler of Jaipur requested the imperial emperor for the grant of the fort of Ranthanbhore , but did not succeed. He therefore fortified sherpur and named is Sawai Madhopur, in 1765 AD. In the same year the empepror assigned the fort of Ranthambhor to the Jaipur Raja. Therefore ,the history of the region is a part of the history of the erstwhile Jaipur state.


The Medieval history of the district is mainly the history of Ranthambhor & the Former state of Karauli.

Ranthambhor was one of the strongest forts of medieval India & is linked to the philanthropy of Prithviraj, the ruler of Shakambhari who had golden cupolas put on the Jain temple of Ranthambhor.

After the death of Aurangzed in 1707 AD, the Mughal empire rapidly disintegrated and petty chieftains started carving new principalities and building their power. Maharaja Sawai madho Singh of Jaipur State ( 1751-1768 AD) fortified sherpur and renamed it Sawai Madhopur in 1765.

Lying on the main Delhi _ Mumbai railway Line, Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to the Ranthambore Fort & the famous Ranthambore National Park.

Sawai Madhopur Sightseeing
Ranthambhor Fort :

The history of Sawai Madhopur revolves around the Ranthambhor Fort. It is still not known for certain who built this fort and when…one opinion is that it was built in 944 AD.

The Strength and inaccessibility of the fort was a challenge to the ambitious rulers of ancient and medieval India, particularly those of Delhi and Agra. The eminent ruler of the fort was Rao Hamir who ruled around 1296 AD..

History related that none of the rulers had a peaceful spell in spite of its strong geographical strength.

Remnants of marvelous architectural monuments , ponds and lake enlighten avid lovers of the subject. This great fort inspires patriotism, Velour and love. Every part reflects the ancient character of Indian culture and owls. During the winter months, Migratory birds such as prey lag goose, ruddy she duck and pintails are also see.

Some rare birds like the black eagle and the crested hawk eagle have also been sighted in the park recently.

Recently , the Kaila Devi Sanctuary to the north -east of Ranthambhor Natinal Park. Which is also famous for its tiger, and sawai Man singh Sanctuary towards the south hae been included in the park and now a part of ranthambhore National Park.

The dry deciduous forest of Kaila Devi is Spread over 676 sq. Kms. Besides the tiger , visitors can see the leopard , hyena, sambhar, chital, blu bull, fox, jungle cat, jackal, crocodile, gharial and a variety of birds.

Siwad :

Siwad villages is known for the Ghushmeshwar Mahadeo Temple dedicated to lord Shiva. Hundreds of people come here to seek blessings of lord shiva for prosperity. An imposing fort perched on a small hill is an added attraction of the place.

Hathi Bhata :

On the route to Sawai Madhopur , just 10 . away from Kakod, is Hathi Bhata , a huge life size stone elephant. Inscribed also on this rock is the story of Raja Nal and Damyanti philosophy.

There are various places of historical interest inside the fort namely Toran Dwar, Madhadeo Chhatri. Samanton Ki Haveli,32 Pillared Chatri , a mosque and the Ganesh temple.

The Ganesh Temple is a major attraction of the fort. Thousands of people come from every corner of the country & seek blessings of the Lord for happiness & prosperity. One interesting aspect is the mail sent to lord Ganesha, consisting mainly of wedding invitations.

Ranthambhor National Park :

Ranthambhor National Park is situated 14 K.m from Sawai Madhopur. The Park derivers its name from the Ranthambhor Fort situated within its precincts.

The Park is a remarkable example of a precariously balanced arid ecosystem. Surrounded by the Vindhyas & the Aravalis , amidst vast , arid & denuded tracts of the desert ecology of Rajasthan,lies this oasis of biomass,. The Ranthambhor National Park, Spreads over an area of 392 Sq. Km of thick forest with nullahs & waterfalls.

The Vegetation pf the park is the tropical dry deciduous and tropical thorn forest type. Due to its hilly tract, water is confined to narrow valleys and some lakes.

Important tree Special include Dhok , Flame of the Forest , Ber , Aam & Acocia Leco Phleea. Rajbag, Padam Talab & Malik Talab are a paradise for the wildlife and are full of Nymphaeas and Lotus.

The herbivorous population includes Chital, Sambhar, Blue Bull, and Chinkara. Sambhar deer is the pride of the park. There is no park in Asia where largest of all Asiatic deers can be seen so frequently during the day time. Wild boars and langurs are a common sight. Among the reptiles, crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun near the lakes.

The Tiger is the biggest attraction of thr park. According to naturalists , Ranthambhor is one of the best parks in the country for observing and photographing the activities of the tigers.

Other Carnivores in the park include the leopard , hyena , Jackal, Fox, caracal, Jungle cat & rattle. Around 80 sloth bears are known to exist in the park.

The Park has more than 300 varieties of birds. Common birds seen in the reserve are Peafowl's, parakeets, doves , partridges, Storks , egrets, flycatchers ,eagles & .

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