Sawai Madhopur Travel Guide

  • Sawai Madhopur
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  • On the lookout!
    On the lookout!
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    Love the monkeys!
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Sawai Madhopur Highlights

  • Pro
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    grets says…

     Amazing scenery and wildlife 

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    850prc says…

     Tiger sightings are never a guarantee... you may have to make several park visits to find one. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Awesome! 

Sawai Madhopur Things to Do

  • Safari 3

    Safari 3This was my last safari since the bumpy ride was proving to be more than my back could take. This time we ended up in the front seats facing the side window. Quite uncomfortable , again they were the last ones available. tOur group was made up of a rather rowdy bunch of local guys , who had to be told several times to keep their voices down...

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  • Monkey Notes

    Returning from the Fort ,we made our way back by a different route, which was how I learned about the "monkey business". Very clever! The monkeys never made any real moves when you were on the way to the temple. They made their moves when you were on the way back. That was when you you had nuts and little sweets samples.. Still friendly, but they...

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  • Trinetra Ganesh Temple

    We stop by the Temple as we leave the Rathambore Fort. Its a very ancient temple and although its generally a quiet day today , there are many faithful here. With our guide Happy we enter and recieve the blessings for a safe journey. Much appreciated.The gentleman in the picture is stationed outside the entrance and watches our shoes.

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  • A 16th Cenury Wonder

    The fort dates back to the 16th century and there are many stories steeped in myth surrounding its history.Happy"took us down by another route. We passed the Muslim graves, rulers from 1000 yrs ago when the Holy Wars were taking place and the Moorish invaders from Africa were causing trouble in the name of Islam. He showed us some incredible...

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  • Trip to Rathambore Fort

    Rathamabore FortWe were a little too ambitious booking 6 safaris I think , so we decided to forgo the one this morning and take a trip with Happy to the fort. We went by gypsy , which is the name they have for a jeep. Located within the national park it took about 20 minutes to arrive at the gate. Nice trip through the jungle . We saw many birds ,...

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  • Early Morning Safari

    Safari 2We had a wakeup call at 6AM and at 7AM after a quick hot tea we’re off again . This time we get a better seat in the back of the Cantor and are better prepared for the cold with blankets , gloves and winter hats. The morning is beautiful with a dusty of low lying fog . There are more deer around this time of day and we see both the spotted...

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Sawai Madhopur Restaurants

  • A good place to eat in Sawai Madhopur

    There really aren't a lot of restaurants, at least stand-alone restaurants, in Sawai Madhopur. This really is kind of out in the boondocks, so to speak. For the most part, the better places to eat in town are attached to hotels.We ate every meal in Sawai Madhopur at our hotel dining hall. The food was very good, well prepared and there was a nice...

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  • Special Treat

    While we were staying in Ranthambore Park, we felt like having a "night out" with a good meal. There are not that many choices! But, along with another young couple, we decided to book at the nearby Oberoi Hotel Restuarant and have a great de luxe evening. And that is what we got!The hotel sent a car to fetch us, and we had a splendid time. The...

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  • International Buffet

    All the food was included in our stay in Sawai Madhopur, as there really was nowhere else to eat in town.The food was generally very disappointing, a dull, tasteless selction of 'international' dishes. Every day there would be rice, lentils, a potato dish, a vegetable dish and chicken. Some days a lamb dish would be served too (the meat was tough),...

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Sawai Madhopur Nightlife

  • A January Bonfire

    Last evening we joined the group of other guests from the hotel around the bonfire. It was a very cold night but the fire was in full blaze and kept us warm . We got to know each other over a few Kingfisher beers. These beers are the liter size which was fine with us. We were a small group of two British couples and the two of us. Crazy Canucks ....

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  • Watching the sunrise

    You leave the lodge in the village around six am, and enter the park while it is till dark. The sun rises around 6.30, and you will hopefully be somewhere spectacular at that stage.

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  • Have an early night

    With game drives starting at 6 am, most people would retire to bed after dinner. For those hardy souls who wanted some wild nightlife, there was a makeshift bar in the grounds and drinks would be served on the lawns. One night a couple of musicians were playing to a small audience, with a young boy trying to entice a very reluctant group of...

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Sawai Madhopur Transportation

  • The Cantor

    We used a Canter for all but one of our Safaris. Only a limted number of Jeeps ( or Gypsey's as they call it) are permitted in the park . Canters seat about 20 people . Its OK if you get a good seat....some in the middle or in the back make it hard to see . Although we had fun , we were stuck with the very back and when a Tiger was spotted , it...

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  • A Bumpy ride to Our Hotel

    We took the Golden Temple train from Delhi to Sawadi Madapur . This train station is a much smaller place than Dehi and easier to manoever. We followed the crowd out of the station and spotted our driver with our name card. We climbed in to the back of his jeep and after a very breezy and bumpy and dusty drive through town we arrived at our Hotel....

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  • Getting there

    There are trains from Delhi that stop at Sawai Madhopur. Journey is about 5 hours.How to Reach Sawai Madhopur by Air: Sawai Madhopur does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is at Jaipur. Several airlines service this domestic airport by regular flights and connect it to other important airports like Delhi, Mumbai. How to Reach...

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Sawai Madhopur Local Customs

  • Congregating at the Ranger Station

    For those taking a jeep, the wildlife guide and driver will arrange to pick you up at the hotel at a specified time. Before dawn, the hotel parking lot is likely to be somewhat chaotic as jeeps and tour groups find each other. Then, the vehicles all head to the park, past an old dam, where men are likely to be bathing. At the park entrance, there's...

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  • Wildlife Observation Guide

    I had a wildlife guide assist me in spotting the game, and he was well worth his pay because he could see animals at great distance without the aid of binoculars. The main thing though, is if you are alone to establish a rapport than reduces the chance of having the guide being too dictatorial or exercising bad judgement during the safari. For...

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  • Sacred langurs

    The Hanuman langur is sacred to the Indians. They are named after the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman, who, according to legend, fought to rescue a woman and to escape was forced to burn down the village. The black hands and faces of these langurs are thought to be the result of the fire the monkey-god was trapped in. Because of this legend, the Hanuman...

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Sawai Madhopur Warnings and Dangers

  • Abuse out of tourist season

    Me and my wife visited Ranthambhore Fort In early September not in the tourist season,We seen no other tourist on our stay in Sawai Madhopur. My wife always careful how she dress not to cause offence to local people, but on our visit to ranthambhore fort she was subjected to verbal abuse on two occasions which was upsetting It was just before a...

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  • Rules to be observed in the Park

    Carrying firearms is prohibited within the park.Walking or trekking within the park is not allowed. You must stay within your vehicle. No vehicle is permitted to stay within the park before or after safari timings. Smoking is not allowed inside the park.Playing radios, musical devices such as recorders and transistors within the park is not...

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  • Beware of hazards on the station...

    Rail travel in India is a unique experience. Just standing at the station waiting for the train can be a revelation. The platform in Sawai Madhopur is made of uneven sand, and you have to watch out for cow pats, roaming pigs, looting monkeys and other perils.Stand well clear of the trains when at the station! As this picture shows - people will pee...

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Sawai Madhopur Tourist Traps

  • Wildlife Outside the Park

    On the way to the park, the wildlife already begins to be quite impressive. Antelope and monkeys range outside the park, but tigers are unlikely to do so, so continue without delay for the purpose of finding the tiger. I was particularly amused by a troop of monkeys, and would have liked to stop and catch more photos of them, but the guide...

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  • Video Permit

    The cost of the park fees includes the use of a stills camera, but if you wish to use a video camera, you will need to pay an additional fee of IRs 200. EACH TIME YOU ENTER THE PARK!

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  • Naturalist

    Each Cantor is accompanied by a naturalist guide, which, although a tourist trap in a sense, is a blessing in disguise, as he is able to identify the various animals and birds, knows where to find them, and can listen out for warning calls and distress signals.

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Sawai Madhopur What to Pack

  • Don't forget these items

    Back-packs (smallish) for taking with on the trip into the park (handy to carry water, sunscreen etc) Warm jacket (it can get chilly in open ying in India)jeep)JoggersT shirts & jeansSUNGLASSES_protection from dust & sunlight Insect repellentSunscreemToilet Paperusual medications (pain tablets, medications for Delhi-Belly, whatever else you might...

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  • Photographs? Bring a quick telephoto...

    I'm not a big "packing tip" guy here on VT. You'll probably notice that I seldom write them. BUT... for visiting Ranthambhore and photographing both the vistas, scenics and (of course) the animals, you need to bring along a quick telephoto lens, 300 mm or larger. You want something that can get you a low f-stop to let in as much light as...

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  • Capturing Tigers Alive on Video or...

    Video is easier than still camera for wild animals; though if 2 people are together, both are ideal. My wife stayed at the hotel and I took both video and still camera alone. I got great video but my stills of the wildlife are few and not great. My old Canon AE1 had a manual focus 200mm zoom lense. I recommend having what I do now--a super zoom...

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Sawai Madhopur Off The Beaten Path

  • Balas Mansingh Sanctuary

    About three miles Sawai Madhopur, the views breathtaking plenty of wild life to see here, drive though local village's see them bringing their flocks of sheep and goat's in to protect them from the leopards.

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  • Ranthambore Fort

    The great Ranthambhor Fort is the oldest Fort in Rajasthan, bult in 944 A.D. by Chauhan's perched atop a creek 200 mts above the forested valley, it is built on an awesome scale. Its massive ramparts, gates and bastions sent a stern message to its enemies. Rao Hamir, the most valiant ruler, is said to have refused to bow his head before Khilji,...

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  • Ganesh Temple

    Located almost centrally in the fort, the Ganesh temple is still thronged by countless devotees, particularly during the Ganesh Chaturthi fair.Also black face Monkey(Langour) around the temple.

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Sawai Madhopur Sports & Outdoors

  • Badal Mahal

    Still within the fort is the Badal Mahal – the Palace in the Clouds - with its famous 84-column chhatri of King Hammir. This is where he used to hold an audience.

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  • Jogi Mahal

    The Jogi Mahal, the forest rest house, used to operate as acoomodation for guests. It is now unfortunately closed, as its unrivalled location would make for a memorable stay. Next to the guest house is the second largest banyan tree in the world.

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  • Ranthambore Fort # 9

    There is no entrance fee to go into the fort, nor are there guides available. We brought our own guide, the naturalist who came with us on the game drives, which makes for a more interesting visit, but him providing us with information and history regarding the fort.

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Sawai Madhopur Favorites

  • Use Ranthambhore Tours & Travels

    The only way to visit the Ranthambhore National Park is via Indian government-run jeep safaris. You book these safaris through a variety of marketers, and as I mention in my warnings, you'd best book your safaris well ahead of time. The number of visitors to the park is strictly regulated, and as you'd guess - it's popular.The company that was...

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  • Wrap up warm in Ranthambore

    If you are going on a tiger safari the chances are you will be leaving quite early in the morning and it is still pretty cold. You may leave your hotel and thing, "its not too cold and will warm up". However, once you get in the open top safari vehicle and it starts driving to the park it is absolutely freezing! When they offer you a blanket to...

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  • Safari Timing In Ranthambore National...

    Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier. Winter Safari Timings,Morning Safari 07.30 to 10.30Evening Safari 15.00 to 17.00Summer Safari Timings,Morning Safari 06.30 to 09.30Evening Safari...

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