been very kind to the
The districts of
Darrah was known as an excellent Tiger country and it
became one of the first few wildlife sanctuaries of independent
Shares its boundary with Darrah and Chambal Gharial sanctuary and also their flora and fauna.
It is a
rare riverine sanctuary of
4- Sorsan Great Indian Bustard Hunting Closed Area-
situated in Baran district and can be easily
A visit to Shergarh is enough to transport you back in time. Stuck in
some ancient time, the town of
6- Bird watching in Hadoti-
Reservoirs, Tanks land Rivers of Hadoti offer some
excellent Bird watching opportunities. The reservoir of
The Hadoti region abounds with all those natural features which
are essential for development of adventure sports. The forests, hills, gorges,
rivers and white water ruffles offer ideal opportunities to all those who have
adrenaline rushing through their body. The Department of Tourism has begun an
Adventure-Sports Festival at
through cobbled by lanes of Bundi in a royal Buggy or
a city tour of Bundi on horse back can be an
attractive proposition. this facility can be availed
by the tourists at Bundi. A bullock cart safari in
the Sorson Great Indian Bustard Hunting Closed Area
is available from Amalsara village and the jeep
safaris in the sanctuaries are facilitated from
Rajputana Aviation offers Joy-rides in a four seater aeroplane
over the city of
The cave shelters and cave paintings of prehistoric man through stone, copper and iron ages to early history have been discovered in Hadoti. A glimpse of these ochre, green, red and white colored drawings provide an insight of the social life and the intellect of early man.
shelters on the banks of Alniya river,
20 Km from
2- Nalhah, Golpur and Garadada-
Large painted shelters have been found at these places, which offer a peep in to the past through the expressive artwork of early man. The overhanging ledges of the stream bank have been profusely painted and some of the biggest canvass have been found. The older paintings depict wild animals, human figures and abstract designs, whereas at some places village life and agro pastoral way of life has been shown. the painting are well protected but remote, so a knowledgeable guide will be a great help for the tourists.
A recent discovery, which may be viewed while visiting Darrah sanctuary. A little uphill climb takes you to an awe inspiring façade of animal figurines, human forms and patterns dating back to early history and beyond. A well preserved collection of cave art of early man is also available for viewing at kanya dah in Baran district.
IV- FORT AND PALACES
medieval and medieval fortifications of Gagron, Taragarh Bundi, Navlakha Jhalawar and Shergarh are reminiscent of the valiant past of Hadoti. Their mighty bastions must have looked
insurmountable to the enemies who might be interested in a misadventure of self
destructive king. The magnificent palaces of Bundi
1- Gagron fort-
Made of the principles of an Aqua-fort or Jal Durg, sitting atop a hillock, on the confuence of Kali sindh and Ahu rivers, it is a formidable fort. The Dod and Khinchi clan of Rajputs ruled over their land from this fort. In the passage of its history, it has seen many rulers, who vied with each other to hold this strategically important fort. The Dargah of mitthe Mahabali and saint Pipaji attract a large number of devotees each year.
2- Taragarh Fort-
This is the first fort commissioned by Hada ruler Ber Singh in 14th century at Bundi. the fort stands on a 430 M high hill from where a panoramic view of the surrounding area is available. Its mighty bastion called Bheem Burj, rain water harvesting and distribution system are worth seeing. The fort of Taragarh is marvel of Rajput architecture and the available technology of those times.
3- Shergarh Fort-
Sitting atop a hillock on the bank of Parban river the fort of Shergarh looks impregnable. The fort stands a little detached from the walled township, which boasts of its ancient Brahmanical and Jain temples. A stone edict of 790 AD proves the antiquity of the place, Which was once known as Koshvardhan and many Buddhist monasteries were set up with support.
Col. Todd considered it as one of the most magnificent palaces of Rajputana. Built in the early half of 17th century and added on by many rulers from time to time, it is a complex of living quarters, meeting halls named Ratan Daulat, Ratan Mahal, Chhatra Mahal, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal and Moti Mahal. The entrance to the palace is through a massive gate called Hathi Pol. The weall paintings of the palace have acquired global fame due to their aesthetic nature, subject matter and subtlety of strokes. The female figures have a certain impact of Mogul school.
and their subjects welcomed and assimilated the migrants of all faiths and beliefs.
Some of the most sacred places of Jainism, like Chandkheri,
Keshorai patan, Unhel and the rock cut Buddhist monasteries are found in Hadoti. Many sufi
Saints came from as far as
This is the most important seat of Vallabhacharya sect of the devotees of Lord Krishna. In
18th century, the then ruler of
Pattan of yore is called Keshorai
patan because of the resident deity of Bundi state Shri Keshavrai ji. The Hada rulers are staunch
the hubbub of a crowded marketplace, the
ancient temple stands on the bank of Chandrabhaga river, about 6 Km from the town of
5- Adinath Jain Temple Chandkheri-
The temple of the first Tirthankar Adinath ji is situated at Chandkheri near Khanpur. A place of great reverence for the devotees of Digambar Jain sect is under renovation and has very good facilities for the piligrims. The polished red stone image of Adinath ji dates back to 5th century AD and was placed in its present residence in 17th century. The subterranean sanctum (Bhaunra) also has images of Swami Parashwanath ji, Chandra Prabhuji and Sambhavnath ji. the devotees have witnessed a number of miracles at this place.
6- Swami Suvratnath Temple Keshoraipatan-
This is the second Atishay Tirth (most revered) of Jainism in Hadoti. Situated on the bank ofChambal river, adjacent of Keshavrai Ji Temple, it has an image of Swami Suvratnath ji. The polished image and the subterranean sanctum (Bhuin Deora) are ancient as they find a mention in the writings of sage Kundkund, dating back to 1st century AD. The sanctum is supported by 10 pillars and the main deity is shown sitting in Padmasana (lotus posture) with aura and parasol.
7- Nageshwar Parshwanath Ji Taempe Unhel-
This is the
most important center of piligrimage for the devotees
of Shwetambar jain
sect in Hadoti. The pilgrims from
8- Buddhist Monasteries of Kolvi and Vinayaka-
Located on the red mud bank of Kyasari river, a hillock holds a rock- cut Buddhistmonastery of immense significance. The monasteries of Kolavi and Vinayaka stand close to the state border with Madhya Pradesh in south east Rajasthan. They are situated 95 Km from Jhalawar and the nearest railhead in Bhawanimandi. This group of monasteries belong to 7th century AD and have whole blocks of prayer halls, sutpas, temples and double-storeyed living quarters.
VI- OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST
About 45 Km from
2- Bhand Deora,Ramgarh-
A short diversion on Kota-Shivpuri highwar takes you to a forested grove, which holds an early medieval temple made in the style of famous Khajuraho temples. The beautifully carved pillars are famous for their erotic depictions.
3- Vilas, Kanyadah-
A deep natural
reservoir on Vilas rivergave the place its name, Kanyadah. A
Situated in a remote hamlet, the place may be reached from Jhalawar or Baran. A huge collection of 9th-11th century statues of Gods and Goddesses, carved pillars, torans are on view.
At a distance of about 35 Km from Kotastands a lone temple credited to be of Gupta period. The four faced Shiva LIng is typical of that period. The temple is in a good state of repair and a visit is recommended.
7- Bheem Chauri-
statue of a stringed instrument player which has been on display in many
exhibitions world over belongs to this temple. The folklore has it that the
temple was built by Pandav brothers while leading the
life of a hermit. Bheem Chauri
government museums of
1- National Dussehra Fair,
A large fair is held during Oct-Nov
each year at
2- Kartik Fair, Keshoraipatan-
A colourful fair is held on the banks of Chambal river, on the full moon day of the Indian month of Kartik. The devotees take holy dip in the Chambal river and pay their obeisance to Lord Keshavrai ji. The cultural programs are additional attraction for the masses.
3- Chandrabhaga Kartik Fair, Jhalrapatan-
A fair is held in the fair-ground on the bank of Chandrabhaga river during Nov-Dec each year. The folk fair attracts thousands of people from all over the area. They take holy dip in the river and take out colourful procession to release oil lamps in the river. In the falling dusk the floating lamps look like thousands of stars in the sky.
4- Bundi Utsav Bundi-
The festival is organized every year
to provide a cultural view of Bundi to the tourists. Colourful processions, fireworks and cultural evenings are
organized on the bank of Jaitsagar, Navalsagar and in the
5- Teej Fair, Bundi-
On the occasion of Teej festival in the month of Sept-Oct, a fair is organized at Rana Kumbha stadium in Bundi.
6- Dol fair Baran-
To celebrate the Dol-festival, a fair is held at Baran. A large procession of "Dol" is carried out through the city, which are finally immersed in a tank with lot of fanfare. The villagers throng in large numbers to watch the cultural programs and the womenfolk indulge in shopping spree.
7- Tribal fair Sitabari-
In the Saharia tribal rich area of Sitabari, in Baran district, a fair is held in the summer month of May/June. The place has number of "Kund" attributed to Sita, Laxman, Surya, Lav and Kush and taking a holy dip in them is considered auspicious. The tribals bedecked with jewellery and attired in colourful dresses flock in the fair ground. It provides an ideal opportunity to view the tribal life style at close quarter.
8- Nhan Festival, Sangod-
is Unique festival of colurs, celebrated in the month of March at Sangod. A township about 60Km from
9- Handicraft Fair,
large handicraft fair is organized at
10- Industrial Fair,
Normally held in February every year, the fair provides an opportunity to local industries, small scale and cottage industries to display their ware. It is very popular with the masses as well.
VIII- HOW TO REACH
Train- Lying on the Delhi-Mumbai route,
served by regular Super fast train Services.
Road- Good network of National and State Highways
outside the state. Some notable distances are:
Air- Kota 35 Km is the nearest airport.
Train- Kota 35 Km is the convenient railhead for super fast train.
Road- Good road connections link Bundi with important places.
Air- Kota 80 Km is the nearest airport
Train- Baran is connected by train from
Road- Good network of road connections link Baran
with many important cities in and outside the
Air- Kota 87 Km is the nearest airport
Road- Good network of road connections within and outside the State. Some notable distances are: Jaipur 335 Km, Ajmer 292 Km, Kota 87 Km, Bundi 122 Km, Delhi 590 Km, Bhopal 265 Km.
IX- TOURIST RECEPTION CENTRE
Reception Centre, Hotel Chambal campus,
X- TOURIST INFORMATION BUREAU
i- Tourist Information Bureau, Collectorate campusBundi
Telephone No. 91-0747-2442473
ii- Tourist Information Bureau, Hotel Chandrawati campus , Jhalawar
Telephone No- 91-07432-230081
XI- TOURIST BUNGALOWS AND GOVT. ACCOMMODATION
Chambal (R.T.D.C.) Nayapura
ii- Hotel Vrindavati (R.T.D.C.) Bundi
Telephone No. 91-0747-2442473
iii- Hotel Chandrawati (R.T.D.C.) Jhalawar
Telephone No- 91-07432-234110