North Indian City Guide - Rajasthan - Sawai Madhopur
A small town which boasts of its history and rich wildlife attraction, the ‘Ranthambore National Park’ continues to stand out among the major cities of Rajasthan.
Sawai Madhopur - City Guide
A must visit and major attraction among tourists destinations in the North of India is the Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve. It is not only a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers; it is the internationally popular destination to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers. People from across the globe come to this small town of Sawai Madhopur, which serves as the gateway to the national park. It also marks a tourist season of its own which extends into May, when the city turns extremely hot. That’s when the sightings are assured with the big cats available around the water bodies. Apart from tigers one can also spot leopard, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, sambhar deer, chital and more.
Apart from Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur also has the UNESCO’ World Heritage Site of Ranthambore Fort. The fort is renowned for its rich history as it witnessed several battles and also the practice of ‘jauhars’ or self – immolation by the Rajput women when Alauddin Khilji laid siege in the 14th century. The city itself was called ‘Ranthambore’ in ancient India, until Maharaja Sawai Madhoji gave it’s a perfect plan and the city was called after him.
One can explore the city to experience the historical significance of the area, with its ruins and temples. You can go ahead and explore different parts of the park, specially the Raj Bagh Ruins which fascinate visitors with the blend of wildlife and ruins from the past. Kachida Valley on the other hand becomes a good spot for jeep safaris, as it is known for leopard sightings. Hence, Sawai Madhopur is the apt destination for wildlife enthusiasts, who could spend days on safaris.
Apart from these, your visit to Jodhpur would be even more exciting if it’s planned in mid January, when the International Kite Festival takes place. It is an elaborate 3 days event that attracts people from across the country and world to participate in various Kite flying competitions. It is one of the unique and major events of the country that highlights the colors and culture of Rajasthan. That’s how Jodhpur has its own attractions to stand out for its tourists among the other cities of Rajasthan.
Sawai Madhopur experiences warm and temperate climate with average temperature of 32° C. Summera are very hot, especially the month of May has temperatures up to 42° C, making it best for wildlife sightings. January is the coldest month here. Monsoons on the other hand, get extended up to December, as there is more rainfall in winter than in summer.
Ranthambore National park and Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore Fort, Raj Bagh Ruins, Kachida Valley
Best Time to Visit
October to June
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