An ancient royal state, Karauli is an offbeat destination in Rajasthan with a huge fort, an attractive palace as well as a temple. Situated in the golden triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra and blessed with environmental wealth and picturesque splendor, Karauli has turned into a popular destination for tourists visiting Rajasthan.
Royal Ambiance of Karauli
The City Palace built with red sandstone is the major highlight here. The bright colors of the brilliant paintings on the walls and ceilings, unique screen and mirror work of the palace give a splendid appearance to the interior of the palace. The frescoes, stone carvings, stunning jali work, glass inlay and stucco work impart a rustic charm to the palace. Pay a visit to the Madan Mohan Temple of Lord Vishnu near the palace and check out the beautiful Bhanwar Vilas Palace of Karauli. 7 kilometers from the palace, there is a lake where you can enjoy the sight of crocodiles and migratory birds.
Around 25 kilometers from Karauli city, is Kaila Devi National Park. It is considered to be a part of Ranthambhore National Park and a buffer zone for the same. Tigers, chital, sambar, jungle cat and crocodiles form the major wildlife of the area. Besides wildlife, it is rich in historical monuments with excellent architecture. Kaila Devi Temple is an important tourist attraction over here.
Ramathra Fort is a heritage home close to nature. You can trek to Ramathra Fort and enjoy the breathtaking landscape of the fort, lake and countryside.You can even take a jeep safari to the Timangarh Fort and have a glimpse of the awesome collection of ashtadhatu and stone idols carvings done in olden times. The temple yards and walls have profuse artwork reflecting the level of talent in the people of that region.
You can explore the surroundings of Karauli and plan a crocodile safari at River Chambal, 35 kilometers away.
Karauli is easily accessible from Jaipur airport. Jaipur is 180 kilometers away from Karauli. Nearest railhead is at Gangapur city, around 30 kilometers away. It is around 182 kilometers from Agra and 290 kilometers from Delhi. Sawai Madhopur is around 100 kilometers from Karauli. It falls exactly midway on the Jaipur Agra Highway.
Stay and Food
Bhanwar Vilas Palace has the lavish facilities for accommodation. They even help you in planning excursions to nearby places. Mouthwatering Indian cuisine with continental dishes is served over here. Rajasthani delicacies are also available.
Planning a trip
To have the most memorable vacation, plan a visit during Kaila Devi Fair held in March or April or at the time of cattle fair organized on Maha Shivaratri. (7th March 2016 – Monday). Karauli is a hidden gem in Rajasthan that offers a lot to the visitors – heritage, history, wildlife safari, adventure and fun.