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 Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan)

Sawai Madhopur - a city and a municipality in District Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan State. Gateway to the world renowned Ranthambhore National Park - one of the two national parks of the State under Project Tiger. Sawai Madhopur - built as a planned city by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh - I of Jaipur (1750 - 1768) and named the township after his own name. Sawai Madhopur makes a good place to stay for excursions into the Ranthambore National Park.

Sawai Madhopur Quick facts

  • Sawai Madhopur Geography and Climate

    Geographical Area        5042.99 Sq.Kms.
                               Rural     4967.70 Sq. Kms.
                                  Urban     75.29 Sq.Kms.
            North Longitude     Between 25°-45' to 26°-41'
            East Longitude     Between 75°-59' to 77°-0'
    Maximum     45° C
    Minimum     4° C

    Average Rainfall     873.40 mm

    Level     400 - 600 Above Sea level

  • Best time to visit Sawai Madhopur

    In contrast, the weather in winter tends to be quite cold, with lows of 8°C being quite common, and highs making it up to 20-24°C. Frost on the ground in the morning after a cold winter night is not uncommon. Sawai Madhopur’s rainy season occurs during July and August, when significant rain does fall, filling up reservoirs around the area. The best time to visit is between October and March, when climatic conditions are at their most pleasant.

  • Sawai Madhopur Distance(s)

    Nearest Airport
    Sanganer, Jaipur - 170 km

    Nearest Railway Station
    Sawai Madhopur - 4 km

    Distance by Rail
    Delhi - 362 km
    Agra - 227 km
    Bombay - 1027 km
    Kota - 108 km
    Jaipur - 132 km
    Distance by Road
    Jaipur - 180 km
    Kota - 125 km
    Agra - 290 km
    Delhi - 440 km
    Jodhpur - 476 km
    Ajmer - 272 km

  • How to reach Sawai Madhopur by Road

    Ajmer 275 km, Bharatpur 250 km, Bundi 125 km, Dausa 110 km, Delhi 450 km (via Jaipur), Jaipur 185 km, Kota 165 km, Madhogarh 95 km, Pushkar 210 km, Tonk 80 km.  Sawai Madhopur is well connected by road to Agra (226 km).

  • How to reach Sawai Madhopur by Rail

    Sawai Madhopur has a railway station of its own. The Kota Janshatabadi and August Kranti Rajdhani connects Sawai Madhopur to Delhi while Bombay Central - Jaipur Express connects it to Mumbai.

  • How to reach Sawai Madhopur by Air

    The nearest airport from Sawai Madhopur is Sanganer Airport at Jaipur which is at a distance of 175 km. Jaipur, being the capital of Rajasthan and a tourist hub is well connected to all the major destinations within and outside Rajasthan.

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    Sawai Madhopur Festivals and culture

  • Sawai Madhopur Festivals

    Ganesh Chaturti is the most important festival of Sawai Madhopur; Shiv Ratri is also celebrated. 

  • Sawai Madhopur Culture


  • Sawai Madhopur Religious Places

    The Ranthambore Ganesh temple, Chamatkar temple and Shiwad temple are some of the popular religious sites.

    Rameshwaram Dham: It is located 60 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur on the confluence of Banas and Chambal Rivers. A beautiful Shiva temple attracts devotees. An annual fair is also held on Shiva Ratri.

    Khandar Fort : Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan Khandar Fort: Built around 12th century the fort reflects the grandeur of Indian architecture. It is situated in Taragarh. To reach this site the tourists will have to cover a distance of 40 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. The hill on which the fort is situated is vertically high. As a result the fort remained inaccessible to the foes.

    ChouthMata Temple: It is at a distance of 25 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur and is located on a hill near Chauth Ka Barwara town. It is quite famous with the local people.

    Karauli: This is a city of red sandstone. It is well known for its annual fair that takes place at the Kaila Devi Temple. The city is important both as a historic place as well as a religious site. Another famous attraction here is the temple of Madan Mohanji.

    Bundi: Famous for its forts it is one of the oft visited tourist destinations from Sawai Madhopur. Bhim Burj, Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort and others are important local attractions here.

    Kota: From the city of Ranthambore it is located 100 kilometers away. A glorious ancient city it houses several monuments, gardens and palaces.

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    Sawai Madhopur Entertainment and Night Life

  • Sawai Madhopur Adventure

    Jeep safari, Canter Trips

  • Sawai Madhopur Nightlife

    With game drives starting at 6 am, most people would retire to bed after dinner. For those hardy souls who wanted some wild nightlife, there was a makeshift bar in the grounds and drinks would be served on the lawns.

    One night a couple of musicians were playing to a small audience, with a young boy trying to entice a very reluctant group of tourists to join him in a traditional dance

  • Sawai Madhopur Shopping

    For those interested in shopping, Sawai Madhopur proves to be a shopper’s delight with wide and colourful array of jewellery, textiles, furniture, antiques, carpets and handicrafts.

  • Famous To Eat at Sawai Madhopur

    While in Sawai Madhopur, be sure to try some of the traditional Rajasthani food. Kebabs, kachori, laddoo, lachha parantha, safed maas and laal maas are some of the popular dishes.

  • Sawai Madhopur Museum and Hill Stations

     RMNH Sawai Madhopur

    Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History Sawai Madhopur,Rajasthan was done by:Shri.M.Hamid Ansari Hon'ble Vice President of India on Date:23rd December 2007.


    The Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History,Sawai Madhopur is conceived to be a nonformal center for environmental education and creation of public awareness on conservation of nature and natural resources.The museum proposes to undertake the task of communication and creating public awareness through the potential medium of exhibits and educational activities.It would provide an understanding of the diversity of life on earth,the factors responsible for their well being,man's dependence upon nature and the necessity to maintain our ecological heritage free from damage and destruction to ensure sustainable development,with special emphasis on the Western Arid region of India.

  • Gardens and Parks at Sawai Madhopur

    The highlight of the trip to Sawai Madhopur is the visit to the Ranthambore National Park, which is one of the finest habitats in the world for the Tigers. November to April is the ideal time to visit when the temperature ranges from 2ºC to 3OºC.

  • Lake at Sawai Madhopur

     Surwal Lake, located about 20 km from Sawai Madhopur, is a shallow seasonal lake. Nestled between agricultural fields, this lake is home to different kinds of migratory birds during the winter. Painted storks, flamingoes, spoonbills, sarus cranes, graylag goose can be seen in large numbers in between November and March.

  • Sawai Madhopur Seasonals

     Sawai Madhopur, with its sub-tropical dry climate, has three very well defined seasons - summers, winters and monsoons.

    Summers start during the end of March and last through the months of April, May and June. During this season the days are very hot and dry. During May and June the maximum day temperature crosses 40 degrees Centigrade and the minimum night temperature still hovers around 30 degrees Centigrade. During the day, hot and dry winds blow. These winds are locally known as loo. Light cotton clothes, hats and suntan lotion are highly recommended. In the dry summers of Rajasthan, it is very easy to dehydrate and you are strongly advised to drink a lot of fluids.

    The monsoons or the rainy season lasts from July to September. This season is warm and humid, with one or two short thundershowers a week. Often there are long periods (10 to 15 days) with no rains. During such long breaks in the monsoon rains, the weather can get very hot and humid. Droughts are a common occurrence in and around Ranthambhore. Light cotton clothes and some rain gear are recommended. It is a good idea ti keep insect repellant handy.

    The winter season lasts from November to February. The night temperature stays below 10 degrees Centigrade, while the day temperature hovers around the 20 degree Centigrade mark. There is often some rain and fog during the mid winters. The Ranthambore national park can be very cold in the winters, specially during the morning safari. Warm woolens and at least one thick jacket, gloves and scarfs are highly recommended

    October and March are the time when the weather changes from monsoons to winters and from winters to summers, respectively.

    Min. Temperature 2 degree Centigrade

    Max Temperature 48 degree Centigrade

    Avg. annual rainfall 800 mm

    Avg. rainy days per annum 38

    Rainy season July to September

    Summer season April to June

    Winter season November to February

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    Sawai Madhopur Tips

  • Sawai Madhopur Travel Tips

    Sawai Madhopur is a safe place during daylight hours, but caution should be exercised when walking around the city after dark. It is not a good idea, for example, to walk alone in any poorly lit or deserted places after the sun goes down. As in other parts of India, increasing wealth for some segments of society has created an even greater disparity in incomes and seems to have brought about an increase in crime – particularly petty theft and other personal crimes.

    Pick-pocketing is prevalent, and personal belongings should be kept out of sight, especially in crowded areas that are popular with tourists, and also around public transportation centres. Anything of significant value is best kept in your hotel safe, along with your important travel documents and credit cards.

    Driving can be dangerous for first-time drivers in India and it is strongly recommended that if you hire a car you that you also hire an experienced local driver. If you are determined to drive in Sawai Madhopur, it is important to learn about local driving habits before getting behind the wheel. Drivers honk their horns continually and often can be reckless.

  • Sawai Madhopur Tourist Offices

    Basic tourist information for Sawai Madhopur will be available at the Jaipur Airport. For more detail and additional assistance, it’s best to contact the Sawai Madhopur Tourist Reception Centre at the RTDC Hotel Vinayak on Ranthambhore road. There’s also a tourist information counter at the main rail station.

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