Located around 150 kilometers from Jaipur, Karauli is considered one of the holiest in Rajasthan with more than 300 kilometers. Formerly known as Kalyanpuri, the city was founded in 1348 A.D. after the local deity ‘Kalyanji’. The entire city is covered from all four directions by a red sandstone wall. Famous for its pale-red stones, Karauli boasts of some memorable monuments such as Kaila Devi Temple, Madan Mohan Ji Temple, Mahavir Jain Temple and other historic structures. Nonetheless, the Kaila Devi Sanctuary, an extension of the Ranthambore National Park is located at a short distance from Karauli.
How to Reach Karauli from Delhi
The nearest railway station is Gangapur, which is located 81 kilometers away from Karauli. Gangapur is a major railway station linked all major cities in India including Delhi.
The Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport to Karauli. It is around 160 kilometers away from Karauli. Jaipur airport is well-connected to major cities such as Delhi.
: There are daily bus services from Karauli to Gangapur (81 km) and Jaipur (160 km). Both these destinations are linked to Delhi via bus.
Attractions in Karauli
Bhanwar Niwas Palace
Built as an official residence to Maharaj Ganesh Pal, the ruler of Karauli, The Bhanwar Vilas Palace was completed in late 1930’s. It was completed in late 1930’s. The building was constructed by blending the traditional Rajputana décor and Colonial architecture. The palace is fitted with intricately designed interiors and artistically furnished furniture.
Built around 700 years back, The City Palace is an old palace which has a fine collection of classic paintings, stone carvings and lattice works. Make sure to visit Durbar Hall, where Royals used to meet the commons and resolve the issues pertaining to general administration and welfare. The mammoth size of Durbar Hall is quite noteworthy.
Named after the king Timanpal, The Timangarh Fort is an impressive structure located at a distance of 40 kilometers from Karauli. The fort is believed to have been constructed in 1100 AD and ransacked in one of the attacks. The fort was renovated in 1244 AD by king Timanpal of Bayana. It has an impressive collection of Ashtadhatu and stone idol carvings.
Karauli Cattle Fair
The Karauli Cattle Fair is a grand event organized on the day of Maha Shivaratri festival. A cattle fair is organized where thousands of cattle gather in Mela Gate area. The Cattle Fair is generally organized before scorching summer heat hits the land of Rajasthan. During the fair, one can witness a crowded market resounding with the bargaining voices trading the wares in the form of healthy camels, horses and buffaloes etc.
Shopping in Karauli
For shopaholics, a walk down the local bazaar at Karauli will be memorable. The market offers access to some of the best handicraft articles which include showpieces and ornamentals. The local bazaar is quite famous for the colorful bangles and is flooded with woman folks looking forward to buy these products. However, beware of the extravagant prices, before you start bargaining with the vendors.