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Rajasthan does not confine itself in forts, palaces, camels and caravans. Rajasthan is not just the walls of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Kota or Chittaurgarh. Rajasthan does not reflect only through the Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal or the Chauhans. On your next trip to Rajasthan, explore the unimaginable history of Dholpur and let its amazing story surprise you. Get a good knowledge about where history all began for this place which holds a major chunk of the olden times of Rajasthan. Stuff your backpacks, charge your cameras and ready yourself for exploring the mystic lanes of this ancient town.

Location of Dholpur

Dholpur is situated in the eastern most part of Rajasthan and it serves as the administrative headquarters of the Dholpur district. It was formerly the headquarters of the princely state of Dholpur before independence. Dholpur was formed by comprising four tehsils of Bharatpur. The four tehsils are Dholpur, Rajakhera, Bari and Baseri. On the northern side it is bordered by the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and the state of Uttar Pradesh, on the south it is bordered by Madhya Pradesh, on the western side it is bordered by Karauli district and on the eastern side it is bordered by parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

History: Where are the roots?

The history of the formation of Dholpur is long and complicated. It can be divided into different phases and eras and there is also some myth about it. Mythology says that according to epics, Dholpur earlier was well known as Dhawalgiri, and was ruled in the pre Mahabharata time by the Yadavs who later became the Yaduvanshi Rajputs. There are different phases that define different eras in the evolution of Dholpur.

The Different Stages of the Evolution of Dholpur

  • During Gautama Buddha’s period
  • During the Tomar rule
  • During the Thakurs of Musepur
  • During the Yadavs of Karauli
  • During the Delhi Sultanate
  • During the Mughal period
  • During the Bamraulia rulers
  • During the British rule

How to Reach Dholpur

Reaching Dholpur is not very difficult. The broad gauge railway line of the Mumbai-Agra trains run through the headquarters of Dholpur. You can also take buses from various parts of Rajasthan to this place. Buses are available daily and they can reach you to the place from any district of Rajasthan.

Tourism Attractions of Dholpur

If you are in Dholpur then do not let history let it go out of its engulfment because there is a kind of solace in it which you would not get anywhere and everywhere. Anywhere you go in Dholpur it will bind you in its roots. Here are some places you can add to your sight-seeing list and do not let even one of these slip off your travel plan.

Shergarh Fort

This mighty fort was built by Sher Shah Suri and was constructed in the place of the fort of a Hindu raja. It is located on the south of the Dholpur tower.

Sher Shikar Gurudwara

This Gurudwara was built at the time of the Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib and it has thence been a place where all the Sikh devotees pay a visit regularly. It is located in Machkund.

Sant Nagar

The Sant Nagar Buddha temple is at a distance of 2 kilometres from Bari tehsil.

Machkund Temple

Machkund is at as distance of 4 kilometres from the town of Dholpur and it is named after Raja Muchhukand who was the 24th heir of the Suryavanshi dynasty. The local people talk about extraordinary supernatural powers that Raja Muchhukand had. It is narrated in the area that demon Kaal Yaman while pursuing Lord Krishna had mistakably awoken the Raja and his curse turned the demon into ashes. The people of the area almost worship this ruler like God.

Nihal Tower

Rana Ram Singh of Dholpur who ruled from 1901 to 1911 was a Jat ruler. His son Raja Nihal Singh succeeded the throne but was a minor when he became the ruler. Raja Nihal Singh was a mighty young ruler and he had got the Nihal Tower built in his own name.

The Damoye Falls in Sarmathura

Another important tourist attraction that you should never miss out on. It has an adjacent forest area where you can spot some uncommon flora and fauna of Rajasthan.


This is a lake that was built in 1617 AD and a palace adjacent to it as the shooting lodge for Emperor Shah Jahan. It is located at a distance of 27 kilometres from the main town of Dholpur.

Ramsagar Sanctuary

It is at a close distance from Dholpur town and it has a lake where you can find the fresh water crocodile, reptiles and different species of birds.

Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary

This is oldest wildlife reserve of Dholpur and it has been well maintained by the tourism department.

National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

The most exciting part of the story is that this sanctuary still homes some of the almost extinct Ganges River Dolphins. Other fauna are the Mugger Crocodiles, the Gharials, and thousands of migratory birds. You can also take a walk to enjoy the safe safari and explore the flora of the forest.

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