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Karauli is a small village, situated at a distance of 182 km from Jaipur. Founded in 1348, Karauli is well-known for its Madan Mohanji Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Initially, the town was known as Kalyanpuri, which was named after the local deity Kalyanji. The fortified city of Karauli is surrounded by Red sandstone walls with bastions for security. In the present day, these fortifications are in wrecks, yet it boast of the six gates and eleven posterns.
- LOCATION: Approx 180 KMs from Jaipur (East)
- BY ROAD: RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) buses connects Karauli to major cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Agra and within Rajasthan.
- BY TRAIN: Karauli is connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
- BY AIR: Nearest airport is Agra which is 118 Kms.
- AREA : 33 sq km
- BEST TIME TO VISIT : October to March
- LANGUAGES SPOKEN : Rajasthani, Hindi, English
- MAJOR ATTRACTIONS : 600 Year Old Fort.
PLACES TO VISIT
Karauli also possesses a 600 years old Fort. This Fort makes the highlight of Karauli. Until 1950, this Fort was used as a residence by the Royal family. The Fort has been deserted by them since that time. Today, it serves as a shelter for monkeys and geese. In the old days, the geese were used a warning system against any intruders. It seems that still geese are doing their duty. The large mansion by the name of Bhawar Vilas Palace still belongs to the successors of the Royal family. However, the Palace has been converted into a Hotel to serve the current visitors.
Karauli was a princely state of the former age. As per the beliefs, the rulers of Karauli were the head of the Yadhuvanshi Rajputs, the successors of Lord Krishna. Near to the town of Karauli, there is a celebrated Kaila Devi temple. Karauli is also known for the fair at Kaila Devi temple, which is celebrated annually at Kaila in Karauli district. The fair is held in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April) and lasts for a fortnight. Every year, thousands of devotees come to pay their homage to the goddess.