Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore)
Sawai Madhopur gets all its attention and appreciation because of the large forest reserve. This national park is famous for its higher population destination of tigers (there are less than 100 tigers in the park and chances of spotting a tiger is very less).
This wild region also holds a large number of local and migratory birds, water sources, 10th century Ranthambore Fort, which is in ruins. This fort region holds many architectural beauties like hunting pavilions, cenotaphs, mosques, temples and others. Apart from the park, this region is a famous laid-back ton with cultural relics infiltrated into their normal lifestyle.
Top Luxury Trains Covering Sawai Madhopur
Palace on Wheels Train
- Signature Itinerary : On Day Three, Train will arrival at Sawai Madhopur Railway Station.
Maharajas' Express Train
- Heritage of India : On Day Six, Day starts with a game drive at Ranthambore National Park.
- Indian Panorama : On Day Three, You will reach Ranthambore by very early morning.
- Indian Splendour : On Day Two, Afternoon, visitors will be taken for a game drive in th Ranthambore National Park.
- Treasures of India : On Day Two, train starts its journey towards Ranthambore.
Deccan Odyssey Train
- Indian Sojourn : On Day Six, Train will reach Sawai Madhopur and you will ready to explore jungle safari.
Highlights of Sawai Madhopur in Luxury Train Tour
Game drive through Ranthambore National park (sunrise or sunset ride).
Visit to Ranthambore Fort.
Village walking tour.
Exploring the local lifestyle of the people.
Royal tea at the hunting lodge of Sawai Madhopur.
Sunset view from the forest.
Specialty of Sawai Madhopur
The ancient town dates back to the mid of the 8th century. This region was solely used for hunting purposes and thus, most of the historic structures in this region hold an architecture element of hunting lodges and wildlife beauty. Sawai Madhopur was a planned city built during the 18th century on the site of the ancient town. The planned city holds many interesting structures.
But, the most iconic structure of the region is the 10th century Fort. The Fort holds architecture elements of various empires as it was built by several kings over a period of time.
Although Hindus are more in population in this region, Sawai Madhopur was an important Jainism destination. In the Siddhasenasuri literature, the Ranthambore Fort was listed as only of the holy sites of Jain. Jain structures were built during the Mughal period too. You can find Hindu and Jain temples in and around the town. Top temples to visit are Lord Sambhavanath Temple, Amreshwar Mahadev temple, Balajika Mandir, Chauth Mata Mandir, and others.
Cuisine of the land is very famous for its list of sweets. You can find many high-end restaurants where you can dine as you watch local art performances. Local Rajasthani cuisine is followed here.
The Sawai Madhopur version of Rajasthani cuisine adds more butter to the dishes. Top dishes to try here are Dal batichurma, jalebis, laddoo, and others. Guava is very common in this region. Thus, you can find guava flavored dishes here including chutneys.
The town has strong links with the historic heritage of the land. Top festivals to enjoy here are Sawai Madhopur Utsav, Ganesh Chaturthi Fair, Dussera, Chauth Mata Mela and others.
The culture of the land is very much linked with the common culture of Rajasthan. Local dance forms to enjoy during your visit are Sawai Madhopur dance, Ghoomar dance, and Kalbeliya dance.
If you wish to enjoy the local craft and art forms, visit Shilpgram, the art complex of the town. This region is an ethnographic museum where you can watch artisans at work, buy articles and explore workshops conduction oncraft, music, art, and theatre.
The most famous and iconic souvenir from Sawai Madhopur is khas perfume. This is a perfume made from a local plant, with a distinctive aroma. You can also find room fresheners and other aromatic products made from khas.
Apart from this, you can find wood articles, handicraft items, leather articles, and others. If you are willing to pack some perishable items, the first choice should be guavas. Shilpgram is famous for local art shopping.
Climate of the land
Sawai Madhopur lies to the lush south-east side of Rajasthan. The town lies on the Vindhyan Plateau. The north of the town lies closer to the Banas River and to the east lies the Parbati River.
Thus, this region is lush and fertile when compared to other parts of Rajasthan. The town has a dry summer followed by lush monsoon and winter season. The summer starts in March and ends in June. The rainy season starts in July and ends in October. Winter starts in November and ends by February. The best time to visit the destination is from November to May.
Not every luxury train covers Ranthambore in the same manner. The Ranthambore National Park is covered by all the luxury trains stopping at Sawai Madhopur. If you wish to spend more time in the town apart from safari, you ought to choose the right itinerary.