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Home to the famous, Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur is one of the most popular destinations of Rajasthan. Sawai Madhopur was named after Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur himself during his rule from 1750-1768. Sawai Madhopur is famous for its guavas, which are popularly referred as 'Madhopur Guavas' in Rajasthan. The place is not only known for its wildlife, but also for its historical importance. The rich and glorious past of the place is reflected in the magnificent Ranthambore Fort and other historical monuments. The attractions of Sawai Madhopur make every visitor have a glimpse of Rajasthani tradition and culture.
The best time to visit Sawai Madhopur is from the month of November to April. The place is well-connected to major cities of the country like Jaipur and Delhi via rail, road and air.
The Ranthambore National Park is set amid the Vindhya and Aravalli hill range and is well-known to house an exotic flora and fauna. Sprawling over an area of 400 sq km, the national park is a major attraction of Sawai Madhopur.
Back in the year 1957, Ranthambore National Park was announced as a wildlife sanctuary and it acquired the protection of 'Project Tigers' in the year 1974. In the year 1981, the park got the status of a National Park. The park is named after the historic Ranthambore Fortress, which is located within the park. The national park is a must visit for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The national park is named after the historic Ranthambore Fortress, which lies within the park.
Ranthambore National Park is the best location to view the tiger. The leopard, sloth bear, hyena, wolf, jackal, civet cat, Indian marsh crocodile, sambar and a variety of snakes can be found. The park also houses over 360 species of birds and raptors.
There are a number of water bodies in the park which make the attraction more alluring and beautiful. In short, Ranthambore National Park offers the perfect blend of nature, wildlife and history.
Ranthambore Fort is one of the six forts included in the World Heritage Site inscription Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The fort holds immense historical importance because of being the focal point of the historical developments of Rajasthan. The fort is located inside the Ranthambore National Park, which was the former hunting ground of the Maharajahs of Jaipur before Indian independence.
The fort is set atop a hill which overlooks the entire park. The beautiful surroundings and pleasing weather of the park promise a great visit to all the people. Visitors get to witness a number of architectural and historical sites which are worth viewing. The fort is a must visit for photographers and nature lovers.
The Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History is India's fourth regional museum of Natural History. The museum has exhibits on plants, animals and geology of the Western region of India. The museum is located near Ramsinghpura village, 9 km from Sawai Madhopur..
Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History was inaugurated by the State Finance Minister Mr. Namo Narain Meena on March 01, 2014. The museum was undertaken by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India.
The museum is a non-formal center, which aims to create public awareness through the medium of exhibits and educational activities of nature and natural resources. The museum focuses to provide an understanding of the diversity of life on earth and the conservation of nature and natural resources while depicting ecological interrelationship among plants and animals. The museum also offers extracurricular activities to schools to promote environmental awareness.