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Karauli Near Jaipur

Karauli is a town lying in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town is the administrative center of Karauli District, and was formerly the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Karauli.

History of Karauli

KRamathra Fort Karauli arauli was officially founded in 1348 AD by the Yaduvanshi Rajput, Raja Arjun Pal. This holy city was originally known as Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji. Legend has it that the princely state of karauli (17 Gun salutes) was established by Raja Bijal pal Jadon, The 88th descendent of lord Krishna, as far back as 995 AD.

The 600 year Karauli old city palace was built probably in the 14th century by the royal family and a magnificent city palace in 1635 AD. The fort and the city palace remains the official residence of the royal family of karauli till 1938 AD. At that time a much more modern Bhanwar Vilas palace was built by Maharaja Ganesh pal Deo Bhadur. Red stone ramparts surrounded the walled city with bastions for security. Till date the city wall boasts of six gates and twelve posterns. The present city palace is the 17th century building with elaborated ornamented stucco work and frescoes.

The ruling family of karauli are considered the descendents of Lord Krishna, and are Yadav Rajputs, The city is home of Shri Madan Mohanji, the deity of lord Krishna, worshiped by millions of followers from Rajasthan & rest of India. The Temple of Kaila Devi holds an important place among the religious places of Rajasthan. There are 3 fairs, the biggest one is held in the month of Chaitra (March-April).

Architecture of Karauli

Karauli district in Rajasthan is spread over an area of 5530 sq km. The district is surrounded by the districts of Dholpur, Bharatpur, Dausa and Sawai Madhopur. The Chambal River flows through the district. The rugged landscape of Karauli makes it an ideal place for traveling.

Ramathra Fort KarauliThe climate of Karauli district is mainly dry due to its closeness to the desert. The summer months are hot while the winter months are cool. The ideal time for Karauli travel is between the months of November and February. The weather during this part of the year is fine.

Location of Karauli in Rajasthan

Karauli is a holy city situated 160 kms from Jaipur earlier called Kalyanpuri after the local deity Kalyanji. Karauli was founded in 1348 AD. It is in close proximity (approximately 23kms) from Kaila Devi temple. The city is surrounded by a wall of red sandstone which has 6 gates and 11 postems.

Karauli Tourist Attractions

Kaila Devi Temple JaipurPeople who travel to Karauli undoubtedly visit the Bharatpur bird sanctuary that is situated 110 kms from Karauli and has more than 350 different varieties of birds. Ranthambore National Park that is famous for tigers is also located at a distance of 110 kms from Karauli. Kaila Devi game sanctuary situated adjacent to the city of Karauli is 25 kms from there and is an extension of the National park This place is famous for variegated species like Chinkaras, wild boar, blue bell, jackal, leopard, panther, tiger, sloth bear, hyena, wolf, Sambhar and a variety of birds. Lastly, the Mahaveerji Jain temple is a famous pilgrimage place of the Jain community and is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

How to reach

Travelers can conveniently come to Karauli. The nearest airport is located in the capital city of Jaipur. There are various transport options available for coming to Karauli. Train services link the district with places like Delhi, Mumbai and other significant cities of the country. Buses ply between Karauli and Udaipur, Agra, Jaisalmer and other places in Haryana and Punjab.

 

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