The third day of the journey of the Palace on Wheels train will take you the most exciting destination – Sawai Madhopur. This is the town that houses the infamous Ranthambore National Park and a large enchanting fort within the thicket just like out of the pages of a fairytale. We will cover this picturesque destination after we tour the desert of Jodhpur. The Palace on Wheels luxury train will roll into the station early at dawn at 5:30 AM. Upon arrival, the guests as they wake up will be served morning tea and prepared to visit the Ranthambore National Park, tucked in between the majestic hills of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges amidst lush greenery.
The prime attraction at Sawai Madhopur is the National Park that houses the most exciting of royal dignitaries in all of Rajasthan - tigers. Open jeep safaris are available with armed guards and trained forest scouts to watch the tiger in its natural habitat as close as possible and also click amazing photographs of the royal creature in it element. After the safari rides within the park, guests will be escorted to a sumptuous breakfast at the famous Castle Jhoomar Baori.
Distances of Sawai Madhopur from other major Indian cities by road are as follows:
- Agra - 259 km
- Jaipur - 146 km
- Delhi - 376 km
- Ajmer - 263 km
- Udaipur - 387 km
- Gwalior - 279 km
Best time to visit:
October to March before the scorching summer sets in.
Hindi and Rajasthani
Kandhey ki subzi, Dhaniya aaloo Mangodi, samosa, kachori, Daal Baati Churma, mirchi vada
About Sawai Madhopur – Brief history through time:
Located aptly tucked between the Vindhya and the Aravalli mountain ranges, Sawai Madhopur is located 147 km north eastwards from the capital city of Jaipur. It was the king Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur who established this town in the year 1765 AD. Sawai Madhopur has always been blessed with lush reserves of unique flora and fauna. Post the Mughal conquest of the area, several changes came about in the lives of the people within the kingdom. The grandson of legendary king Prithviraj Chauhan named Govinda finally resurrected the town and established his capital. He reigned as the feudatory of the Sultan of Delhi. The kingdom later passed several more hands before returning back to the rulers of Jaipur after the passing of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Major attractions in Sawai Madhopur:
There are several more interesting tourist attractions around Sawai Madhopur other than the Ranthambore National Park. One can explore the Ranthambore Fort, which is tucked in between rich wilderness; this was once a historic landmark which the legendary Chauhan dynasty of Rajasthan took strong hold of.
While largely out of fashion most of the constructions within the fort including old temples are still intact. Also do make a point to visit the Shilpigram Museum to get a glimpse of all the folk art forms and handicrafts. Popular tourist attractions in the town include – Khandar Fort, Chauth Mata temple, Kala Gaura Bhairava Temple along with the Ranthambore National Park and the Ranthambore Fort.
Make the journey royal :
The luxury chariot with its distinguished guests will roll into the Sawai Madhopur station on the third of the journey followed by the touring of the desert kingdom Jodhpur. This will be a nice change of scenery of lush greenery, rolling mountains and tigers prowling within the rich woods from the previous scenario of desert sun and sand.
After visiting the popular attractions at Ranthambore and a lovely breakfast at the ambient forest lodge, the train with the guests will move on towards Chittorgarh while the guests feast on a luxury lunch spread on-board. The Palace on Wheels train should arrive the next destination in the itinerary Chittorgarh within 15:00 hours, when it will be perfect for some sightseeing followed by evening tea at none other than the Chittorgarh Fort.