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Deogarh

Deogarh Fort - Deogarh
Locations
38 kms northeast of Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Known for
Miniature paintings, known as Deogarh painting.

Tourist Attractions
Deogarh Archaeological Museum

Climate
Hot, but cooler than other parts of Rajasthan.

Best time to visit
From October to early April

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About Deogarh
Deogarh is situated on the boundaries of Mewar, Marwar and Merwara, about 80 miles north-east of Udaipur, in Rajasthan. With an altitude of about 2100 ft, it is cooler than other parts of Rajasthan. 'The Rawat', chief of Deogarh, was one of sixteen umraos (feudal barons) entitled to wait upon the Maharana of Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. These type of feudal estates, called 'Thikanas' were sanctioned by the ruling Maharana to a nobleman either due to blood relationship or for an act of bravery. Deogarh is also has famous school of miniature painting. Some Deogarh miniatures are in the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls. There are some interesting rooms in the palace to venture through, like Sheesh Mahal, the colourful hall of mirrors, is one of them.

Getting There
Air : The nearest airport is Dabok Airport, Udaipur 135 kms.

Rail : The nearest station is Deogarh, 1 km away. Most get the train to Udaipur from Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Ahmedabad and Delhi, followed by a 3 hours car journey.

Road : Deogarh is easily accessible by buses. Chittaurgarh 140 Kms; Udaipur 135 Kms; Jaipur 280 kms; Jodhpur 170 Kms.

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Major attractions in Deogarh
Deogarh Mahal : This 17 the century Palace, standing atop a hill offer a panoramic view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, spread through out the countryside. With its majestic domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, it is a spellbinding sight from the town below. This palace has been converted into a hotel about 3 years ago, by the present owner Rawal-Nahar Singh

Dashavatar Temple : This is an exquisite Vishnu temple, belonging to the Gupta period, popularly known as the Dashavatar Temple. It is the earliest known Panchayatan temple of north India. There are three bigrathika panels set in the side walls which have Vaishnava mythological images carved in high relief - the Gajendramoksha panel, Nara-Narayan tapasya and the Anantshayi Vishnu. The Dashavatar Temple at Deogarh is noted for being the first northern Indian temple with a shikhara or spire. But sadly, only the lower part of the shikhara remains today.


Dholpur

Dholpur - Rajasthan
Location
113-km From Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Known for
Locally quarried Sandstone, used for building palaces, etc.

Climate
It has extreme climate and is the hottest place in Rajasthan.

Best time to visit
October To March

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About Dholpur
Dholpur or Dhawalpuri is named after the ruler Dhawal Deo who built the city at a site, little south of the present city. Later people started calling it Dholpur. Dholpur was plundered by many plunderers. Sikander Lodi attacked and occupied Dholpur in 1501 AD. His forces plundered the city and even uprooted all the gardens that shaded Dholpur. It was again invaded by Babar in 1526 AD. During Humayuns regime, the site of Dholpur town was moved northwards to avoid erosion by the river Chambal. Near Dholpur two important Mughul wars were fought in succession.

Thus, with an interesting history and glorious architecture it pulls innumerable tourists.

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Getting There
Air : Dholpur's nearest airport is at Agra and it is 60 kilometers far from Dholpur.

Rail : Dholpur district is well connected with rail.

Road : Dholpur district is well connected with road.

Major attractions in Dholpur
Muchchhkund : Muchchhkund is situated about 8 kms. from the town of Dholpur which is an ancient sacred place. The place is named after Raja Muchchhkund. Raja Muchchhkund, the twenty fourth king of the Suryavanshi Dynasty (the solar race). It is now a sacred place for pilgrim. It is said that the enclosures around it were built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Shergarh Fort : Shergarh fort is an old fort of historic vitality, located towards the south of Dholpur town. This monument at Dholpur was built by Sher Shah Suri on the site of an earlier Hindu fortress.

The Khanpur Mahal : It was constructed as a pleasure- palace for Shah Jahan.

The Shiva Temple : The lord Shiva temple is another place of architectural beauty and religious importance. This temple is located near the Gwalior- Agra road and is worth a visit.



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