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Sawai Madhopur

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Ranthambhore Fort

Sawai Madhopur is in the Bharatpur Division of Rajasthan.

Understand[edit]

Sawai Madhopur was founded by and named after Sawai Madho Singh I in 1763. The current population of the city is approximately 125,000 people. It is generally used by travelers as a place to stay while visiting Ranthambore, 11 km away.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is located in Jaipur.

By train[edit]

There are direct connections by train between Sawai Madhopur and Kota (1.5 hours), Jaipur (2 hours), Bharatpur (3 hours), Ajmer (4 hours), Delhi (4+ hours), Agra (5 hours), and Mumbai (13 hours).

By bus[edit]

Traveling by bus from/to Sawai Madhopur is less preferable than traveling by train. The buses are very slow and uncomfortable.

Buses to Jaipur (6 hours) leave several times per day from a bus stand located near the overpass.

Get around[edit]

The city can be explored by foot.

See[edit]

Most visitors to Sawai Madhopur visit nearby Ranthambore, which has a fort and a famous national park.

However, there are several attractions within the city:

Temples[edit]

  • Chouth Mata Mandir.
  • Trinetra Ganesh TempleOpp. Hotel hill View Ranthambore Road (Take a car or Jeep from Sawai Madhopur railway station; the distance is 12 km),  9587030211, e-mail: . Ancient temple, dating back to 1299.

Museums[edit]

  • Chamatkar Temple (3km from the railway station). A Jain temple.
  • Bhairon Temple (On top of the hill).

Do[edit]

Take a safari to the national park in nearby Ranthambore.

Buy[edit]

  • Dhonk +91 9166167005, e-mail: . 9AM-5PM. Similar to Dastkar, this is a project that provides local women an opportunity to earn income by producing crafts. Items can also be purchased online from the website.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Manisha RestaurantRanthambhore Road. Vegetarian café popular with the locals. Mains: ₹80-160.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Ranthambhore Chokhi DhaniRanthambhore Road. Popular for daal baht.

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

Almost every hotel and restaurant serves alcohol and coffee.

Sleep[edit]

Many hotels are located on the edge of the city on Ranthambhore Road. Safari operators will pick up from these hotels by jeep for visits to Ranthambore.

Budget[edit]

  • Green Valley RanthamboreRanthambore Road +91 81301 74421. Cheaper rates can usually be found online, making this one of the cheapest hotels in the area. Single: ₹2,000-2,500; Double: ₹2,500-3,000.
  • RTDC Hotel VinayakRanthambhore Road +91 7462 221 333, e-mail: . Operated by the Rajasthani government. Basic but well-priced hotel. Single: ₹1,600 in offseason, ₹2,300 in high season; Double: ₹2,600 in offseason, ₹2,990 in high season.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Jhoomar Baori CastleRanthambhore Road, e-mail: . Former summer rest house of Jaipur rulers. Operated by the Rajasthani government. From ₹3,600.

Splurge[edit]

  • Oberoi VanyavilasRanthambhore Road. 25 tents with tiger motifs. From ₹38,500.

Connect[edit]

Almost every hotel in Sawai Madhopur offers free WiFi access.

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