Sawai Madhopur is a gateway to Ranthambore National Park, one of India's most famous tiger sanctuaries. There's also plenty of Rajasthani culture to soak up, including ancient forts, sacred temples and sumptuous cuisine.
Things to do in Sawāi Mādhopur
Ranthambore National Park is Rajasthan's premier tiger sanctuary. Wildlife watchers will be in their element with the chance to spot Bengal tigers, Indian leopards and exotic birds. You can choose from open-topped "gypsy" 4WDs or 20-seat "canter" trucks.
Ranthambore Fort dates back to the 10th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's easy to spend a few hours exploring the stronghold's ancient temples, mosques and burial tombs, which are surrounded by overgrown jungle and tangled vines. Don't miss Trinetra Ganesh, a beautiful temple topped by elegant cupolas.
Perched on a jungled hilltop, Khandar Fort was once a stronghold for Sisodia kings. It houses seven temples, each dedicated to a Hindu deity. The Jain temple is especially striking, known for its intricate rock carved idols of Jain gurus. In the Hanuman temple you can admire a towering statue of Hanuman, India's iconic monkey god.
Looking for a quiet day of birdwatching? Surwal Lake is a paradise for birders, with over 200 species to spot. It's surrounded by lush agricultural fields and is a sanctuary for flamingos, spoonbills, cranes and painted storks.
Getting around Sawāi Mādhopur
Sawai Madhopur is easy to explore on foot or by bicycle or by using the taxis and auto rickshaws. Most tour agencies offer hotel pickups for safaris in Ranthambore National Park.