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Dholpur Historical Places
Dholpur is a sleepy little town in Rajasthan, full of historical forts and monuments. Being in the eastern most parts of Rajasthan, Dholpur is vry close to the border of neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh and lies just 55 kms from Agra and Gwalior. Dholpur is also famous for its wonderful sandstones, especially the red sandstone, which was also used to build the famous Red Fort in Delhi.
 
Geographical:
Dholpur District has an area of 3084 sq. km. The Chambal River forms the southern boundary of the district, across which lies the state of Madhya Pradesh. The district is bounded by the state of Uttar Pradesh on the east and northeast, by Bharatpur District of Rajasthan on the northwest, and Karauli District of Rajasthan on the west. All along the bank of the Chambal River the district is deeply intersected by ravines; low ranges of hills in the western portion of the district supply quarries of fine-grained and easily-worked red sandstone. Administratively the district is divided into four subdivisions, Dholpur, Bari, Rajakhera, and Basedi, and five tehsils, Dholpur, Bari, Rajakhera, Basedi, and Saipau.


Geographical:
Dholpur District has an area of 3084 sq. km. The Chambal River forms the southern boundary of the district, across which lies the state of Madhya Pradesh. The district is bounded by the state of Uttar Pradesh on the east and northeast, by Bharatpur District of Rajasthan on the northwest, and Karauli District of Rajasthan on the west. All along the bank of the Chambal River the district is deeply intersected by ravines; low ranges of hills in the western portion of the district supply quarries of fine-grained and easily-worked red sandstone.

Administratively the district is divided into four subdivisions, Dholpur, Bari, Rajakhera, and Basedi, and five tehsils, Dholpur, Bari, Rajakhera, Basedi, and Saipau.


How to Reach:
Rail:- Well connected, from Delhi it is 230 Kms, from Agra it is 50 Kms and Gwalior 66 kms
Road:7 Situated on main NH3, and is 240 Kms from Delhi, 54 kms from Agra and 65 Kms from Gwalior


Places of Interst in and around Dholpur

Machkund:
About 4 kms from the town of Dholpur is an ancient sacred place called Machkund. It commands a scenic view. It has a tank surrounded by a series of temples of different dates. The place is named after Raja Machchh Kund. Raja Machchh Kund, the twenty fourth king of the Suryavanshi Dynasty (the solar race) is said to have reigned nineteen generations before Lord Ram. According to legend, Raja Machchh Kund, was sleeping here when a demon Kaal Yaman while pursuing Lord Krishna, accidentally woke him up. The demon was burnt to ashes because of a divine blessing to Raja Machchh Kund. It is now a sacred place for pilgrims.


Shergarh Fort:
It is an old fort of historic importance, located towards the south of Dholpur town, beside the Chambal River. It was named after the Sultan of Delhi, Sher Shah Suri, the Shergarh fort was initially built as a form of defense against the rulers of Mewar in mid 16th century. The fort is the model of rich delicate style architectures of past. Festooned with carved images, statues of Hindu gods and Jain motifs, Shergarh Fort was protected by water, considered as the charm of Dholpur.


The Shiva Temple (Chopra Mandir):
Another place of architectural beauty and importance is an ancient temple of lord Shiva. This temple is located near the Agra Bus Stand and is worth a visit.


Talab-E-Shahi:
About 35-km from Dholpur (near Bari) is a picturesque and historic lake called Talab-e-Shahi. The lake and the palace were built in 1617 AD as a shooting lodge for prince Shahjahan. The rulers of Dholpur later maintained a palace and the lake. The lake attracts a large number of winter migratory fowls.


Van Vihar:
This wildlife sanctuary is about 18-km from Dholpur. It supports a rather open stunted growth of Dhok and Khair trees. Animals like Sambhar, Chital, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Hyena and Leopard inhabit it. Tigers were present in the area till the end of the nineteen sixties. It is said that Maharaja Udaibhan Singh of Dholpur had a great liking for the wild animals of Van Vihar. There is an old forest rest house in Van Vihar. The rulers of Dholpur initially built it.


Chambal Safari:
It is a nice tourist place. You can enjoy boating in Chambal River.


Others:
Chhawni Temple, The Khanpur Mahal, Laswari and Damoh Waterfall are some of the other places not to be missed.


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