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Ranthambhor - Tonk

Ranthambhor : Ranthambhor is a well-known national park in Rajasthan. Surrounded by the Aravalli and the Vindhya ranges, Ranthambhor needs very little introduction. Though Sawai Madhopur is the entry point to Ranthambhor, and is an important town with its own historicity, but it is latter which is known the world over. Founded in the 11th century, this fort is one of the oldest in Rajasthan and was the stronghold of the Yadav kings in the 8th century and later of the Chauhans from 10th century onwards. Surrounded by a hill and rising 250 metres above the forested valleys, the fort has massive ramparts, mighty gates and bastions all around the hill. It faced several attacks valiantly and its history proves that it was never taken in battle by fair means.

One of the most famous places on the fort is the temple of Lord Ganesha. The most interesting thing about this temple is that every year thousands of people gather here during the ganesh Chaturthi to worship at the temple. One interesting aspect is the mail that is sent to Lord Ganesha consisting mainly of wedding invitations, the letters are brought up to the temple in large sacks every day.

Ranthambhor National Park : Ranthambhor was one of the first few areas to come under Project Tiger and has continued to be the most successful one. It is the ideal place to see the Indian tiger in its natural habitat.

Tonk : Located 96 km from Jaipur, on the way to Ranthambhor, the quiet little town of Tonk which was ruled by a tribe of Pathans from Afghanistan. The focal point of Tonk is the Sunheri Kothi. A fairly ordinary monument from the outside, the interior is richly ornamented with stained glass, mirrors, stucco and gilt. Other interesting buildings are those built to accommodate the British officers. There is a thriving leather and felt industry in Tonk and one can pick up some good bargains in the markets here. A few years back, the Arabic and Persian Research Institute has been located here.


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