Dholpur is an interesting town to
visit, especially because it is far from the usual tourist track and
thus, quite 'undiscovered'. But Dholpur is well known in another way
for its excellent sandstone.This red stone was used for building not
just the local structures but also those of Delhi like the Red Fort.
In fact, the architect of modern Delhi, Edward Lutyens, had a special
liking for it.
¤ Main Attractions of
Laswari is a historical site of Dholpur where Daulat Rao Scindia was
defeated by Lord Lake. You could see the ruins of the oldest Mughal
Waterfall and the Kanpur Mahal. They all form a beautiful piece of
attractions at Laswari.
Situated south of Dholpur, is the Shergarh Fort which was constructed
by Sher Shah Suri on the ruines of Hindu Fortress.
The Khanpur Mahal
This was a pleasure house for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The
exquisite structure of the Khanpur Mahal tends to lure number of
The Shiva Temple
This is a historical monuments which boast great architectural beauty
of all times. The shiva temple is located near the Gwalior Agra Road.
Machchhkund is a must visit. Named after Raja Machh Kund, it is an
ancient sacred place. The kind Machh Kund was the twenty forth king of
the Suryavanshi Dynasty ( the solar race).According to legend, Raja
Machh Kund was sleeping here when demon Kaal Yaman while pursuing Lord
Krishna accidentally woke him up. It is a sacted place for pilgrims
and had many enclosures arround it which was constructed by the Mughal
Ramsagar Sanctuary (34Km.)
Ramsagar sanctuary is one of the well known sanctuary and is a part
of Ramsagar lake. The scenic lake supports rich aquatic life which
includes fresh water crocodiles and number of species of fishes and
snakes.Water Birds like Cormorants. Darter, Ibis, White breasted Water
Hen are some to name off. In winters, you would be able to some
migratory ducks and gease. They visit Ramsagar lake in good numbers.
Just 40 kms from Dholpur is yet another scenic and historic lake
known as Talab-e-shahi. Both the lake and the palace was constructed
in 1617 AD. They were considered as the shooting lodge for Price
Shahjahan. As a memorial, Talab- E- Shahi was made by the rulers of
Dholpur. Number of migratory lakes used to visit this lake. Migratory
fowls like Pintals, shoveller, redcrested pochard, common pochard,
tufted duck, common teal, garganery teal.
Van Vihar Wild Life Sanctuary
Just 18 kms of the city lies the Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary, This
is one of the oldest wildlife reserve of the Dholpur rulers. Spanning
over an area of 59. 86 sq km, Van Vihar is located over Vidhyan
¤ The Foundation of
Dholpur was created as the capital of a Jat state in as recent as
1805 AD of Rajestan. But the original town is much older than this. It
is said to have been built in the early 11th century by one Raja
Dhawal Deo. Dhawals city was a little to the south of the
present city, and was originally known as Dhawalpuri. People started
calling it Dholpur only much later. The state was a small one, but
with a very turbulent history. Its strategic location on the main
route from Kabul and Delhi to Deccan and its proximity to cities like
Gwalior and Agra attracted the attention of almost all the powerful
rulers. As such the place has had to witness many bloody wars. and
though the rulers of Dholpur resisted with valour, it was, time and
again, plundered and devastated several times.
¤ History of Dholpur
What appears as an insignificant group of villages now, has a
fascinating story to tell. Sikandar Lodi (of the Delhi Sultanate fame;
see History of Dehli for details) plundered it in 1501, totally
destroying all its lovely gardens. The proximity to the Mughal
capitals also left its stamp in every nook and corner of Dholpur.
Babur took it under his wing in 1526, and Dholpur grew under Mughal
care for sometime. During Humayuns rule the city was moved
northwards to avoid erosion by the river Chambal. Talking about
battles again, the most (in)famous one in Dholpur's history is perhaps
the battle of Samugarh, hosted by the Ran-ka-Chabutra in Rajasthan.
(4.8km). Aurangzeb (son of Shah Jahan) fought his elder brother Dara
Shikoh in 1658 to grab the throne of the Mughal Empire, where the
former's small army defeated the latter's Imperial army.
There's a story behind this unfortunate reversal which changed the
whole course of the history of Rajasthan, India. During the battle,
Dara happened to climb down from his elephant just to settle a trivial
matter. Without seeing him in his position, his army thought him to
have been killed, and panicked. The word spread around quickly and
this brought the battle to an abrupt ends and Aurangzeb was declared
winner. Dholpur must have been a favourite battlefield with Aurangzeb,
for he was here again next year. This time he faced Chatar Sal, a Hara
Chauhan of Bundi, who was fighting on Shah Jahans behalf (see
History of Bundi for details). War happened in 1707 again, in the
village of Bareta, where Aurangzeb's sons fought amongst themselves
for the throne.
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