Sawai Madhopur is a city and Municipal Council in the Sawai Madhopur District in Rajasthan state, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan.Sawai Madhopur District comes under Bharatpur Divisional Commissionerate.
Places of interest
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in India. It is situated about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Sawai Madhopur. In 1955, it was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. In 1973, the land became a Project Tiger reserve. The area was renamed the Ranthambore National Park in 1980. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries.
The history of Sawai Madhopur is associated with the Ranthambore Fort. The date of its construction is unknown. The fort provides an oasis in an area of arid land. In medieval times, it was a defence against the forces such as those of Delhi and Agra. In 1296 CE, Rao Hamir held the fort. Notable features of the fort include the Toran Dwar, Mahadeo Chhatri, Sameton Ki Haveli, the 32 pillared Chhatri, Mosque, and Ganesh Temple.
Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History
On 23 December 2007, the foundation stone laying ceremony of Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History in Sawai Madhopur, was officiated by Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India. The museum focusses on the environment of the western arid region of India.
Shilpgram is Sawai Madhopur’s rural arts and crafts complex. It is a living ethnographic museum of the West Zone of India which includes five federal states. Special emphasis is laid on workshops for children on arts, crafts, theatre, and music.
The Galta temple is a historic Shri Ram-Sita temple situated in the old city.
Fairs and festivals
Sawai Madhopur Utsav
The Sawai Madhopur Utsav is the annual celebration held on the foundation day of the city of Sawai Madhopur on 19 January. It is the day on which the city of Sawai Madhopur was established by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I in 1763.
Ganesh Chaturthi Fair
The Ganesh Chaturthi Fair is the largest of Sawai Madhopur’s fairs. It is celebrated over three days on Bhadav Shukla Chaturthi at the Ganesh Temple at the Ranthambhore Fort.
Dussera is celebrated in Sawai Madhopur for 10 days in the month of October.
Chauth Mata Mela
The Chauth Mata Mela fair is held in the month of January, at Chauth Mata temple in Chauth ka Barwara.