HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PLACES
The present district headquarter Karauli was one of the prominent earldoms of the ancient Rajputana. The rulers of Karauli Earldom have a glorious history from the year 1100 till 1947. Yadhuwanshi rulers of the earldom constructed many Forts, Fortresses, and small settlements to protect their dignity, security of their subject and maintenance of natural disasters. In these settlements and forts rare samples of architectural specialties, embedded art and paintings can be experienced. Karauli is an ancient state, due to which it has a multiplicity of tourist, historic and religious places, where glory is spread all over.
Fort of Timangarh:
This fort is situated in Masalpur village 42 KM away from district headquarter Karauli. There are incomparable archaeological sculptures. According to prevailing beliefs, in Samvat (Hindu calendar) 1244 Yadhuvanshi ruler Timanpal constructed this Fort. Some historians have described this ancient fort more than 1000 years old. Stone scriptures and ancient creations inside this fort narrate that it was established by a craftsperson and art lover, which later gone into possession of ruler. Around of this fort, there exists unique example of 5 feet wide and 30 feet high rampart bulwark architecture. Market inside fort, flooring, garden, temples, and remains of well are still available. It seems as a whole city is enclosed within the entire fort. The entry gate has a statue of Lord Bharama and Ganesha, but portraits of Ghost and Demon can also be seen. The broken idols in the fort seem that a huge market of sculptures existed here. There are also small rooms in the fort, which were probably used as a bathroom.
In the south of Karauli 40 KM away from the bank of Chambal River and between the mountain ranges, this fort is made up red stone and situated on a small hill. Due to its location near to Gwalior. From the point of a monument, it is considered important. in the Surja Pol of Fort, there are direct sunlight from sunrise to sunset. In the year 1327 AD, Maharaja Arjun Dev had acquired this fort, which remained under the custodianship of Karauli dynasty.
Unt Giri Fort:
This fort was established in 15th Century on a tunnel shaped high mountain range of Kalyanpura village in Karanpur. Fort is spread in the area of 4 KM. It has a 100 feet high waterfall which directly drops water over a Shivlinga. In this water, Shilajit is found in large quantity. This fort has been important strategically. In 1506-07 AD Sikander Lodhi attacked, that time this fort was called as key to Gwalior. Till last Mughal Empire, this fort remained in the possession of Yadhuvanshi.
This fort is located on the east of Unt Giri on the bank of Chambal River and this fort even after being abandoned has been witness to many historical events. Nothing can be found in the name of bulwork (parkota) and a residential internal part of the fort has already been destroyed. In the year 1506-07 during attack of Sikander Lodhi, Damage was mostly caused to this fort. At present, it has one Bavdi, creaky stone scriptures and few remains of the mansions.
Bahadurpur Ka Killa:
15 kilometers away from Karauli district headquarter on Mandrayal Route near the forest of Sased village and in secluded environment ‘Bahadurpura Ka Killa’ stands up like as an insuppressible warrior is an unique example of Mughal architecture art. Double storeyed Nrip Gopal Bhawan, Saheliyon Ki Bavdi, Artistic Jharokha, 18 feet long girder of common and VIP courts, panchveer, Magadh Rai Ki Chhatri are few viewable sights. The fort was constructed by Nagraj, son of Yadhuvanshi King Timanpal and was expanded throughout the years 1566 to 1644. Sawai Jai Singh, ruler of Jaipur, was also resided in this fort for three months.
Shahar quilla and Chhatari:
It is constructed on a high hill in Gram Shahar of Nadoti tehsil and is still secure and flourishing. Thikanedar of this fort is ancestors of Pachchan son of King of Amer Raja Prithviraj. It has an ancient temple of goddess.
This is located on the route of Kanchanpur and 30 KM. away from Karauli district headquarter. This was constructed in 1702 AD by Thakur Gasiram of Yadu rulers who was a big Jagirdar of Harnagar. This fort is in protected and unharmed form.
Fort Narauli Dang:
This fort 12 K.M away from Sapotara sub-divisional headquarter is constructed over the hill. It was constructed a local Jagirdar of Naroli Dang village and subsequently located on the border of Karauli and Jaipur earldoms.
This palace named is after the emperor of Karauli King Bhawar Paal, was the residence of past rulers and located on Mandrayal road in the southern part of the city, it has enclosed a wonderful architecture and craft within itself. At present, it has been converted into a heritage.
Between India's main Wildlife Sanctuary Ranthambore and Bharatpur Bird Reserve, the Ramthera fort is situated at Sapotara Subdivision in Karauli district and it is just 15 kilometres away from Kailadevi Sanctuary.
Every guest who comes to Karauli is amazed with the architecture and craft of Harsukh Villas. At present, a circuit house has been located in these villas.
Sukh Villas Bagh and Shahi Kund:
in district headquarter, on the bank of Bhadrawati River a beautiful palatial garden enclosed by four-sided walls and it was used by the queens for festivity and it is known as Sukh Bagh. Shahi Kund is situated near Sukh Villas on the outside of Parkota of the city. This three floored pond has a shape of Bavdi (broad well), which has steps on all four sides and has a balcony at each floor which gives it unique construction values. During estate period, it was used for drinking water supply of the status city.
On the western gates of Karauli between Vajirpur Gate and Saynath Khidkiya, there is 120 years old Shrine of a Sufi Saint when is an example of excellent crafting. The Fame of this Dargah is that its gates are made up stone. The Nakkasi done on the stone automatically makes a conquest of the viewers.
Rawal Palace (Rajmahal):
Established in 13th century Rajmahal (Rawal Palace) made out of Red and White Stone is unique example of the stone craft. Artistic pictures and carving on the huge gate, reticulated vents, artillery, Nahar Kathara, Suri Gurj, Gopalsingh Akhada, Bhanwar Bank, Nazar Bagichi, Manik Mahal, Fountain Pond, Gopal Temple, Deewan-e-Aam, Fauj Kachari, Kirkiri Khana, Gyan Bangla, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Harvillas, Ranglal, Teda Kuwa, Jannani Dayoddhi and others along with skillful architecture are representatives of its cultures and civilizations.
The Chhatris of Maharaja Gopal Singh, Rangama Ka Taal, Sukh Villas Kund and Shikarganj etc are signs of Karauli’s ancient glory. Along with Narolidang Ka Killa in Sapotra, Raja Mordhwaj’s Palace and Temple in Gadmora (Nadauti), constructed fort of Sahar Sop on a high hill, Old Courtyard of Hindaun and historic tourist places like Prahalad Kund are the symbols of our culture.
It is a prominent place of Digamber Jain Community of India. Here, resides a 400-year-old statue of Lord Mahaveer. Temple constructed in Mahaveer Ji is an unique example of modern and ancient architecture. The temple is constructed on a huge platform made out of white marble. The chhatri is visible from a very long distance, which is made of a redsand stone. Carving work on the temple is also very beautiful. In front of the temple, there is an honor column, in which there is an idol of Jain ‘Tirthankar’. Beside this temple there is Katla and Charan temple, where visitors go in for reverence devotionally. Every year from the 11th day of Chaitra Sudhi month to the 2nd day of Baisakh month a fair is organized. In this fair lakhs of people come from various places. The fair concludes with a Rathyatra organized on the last day of fair.
This religious place is 24 K.M away from Karauli, where every year from March – April a very big fair is held. In this fair along with Rajasthan pilgrims from Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh participate. The main temple is made up of marble, in which idols of Kaila (Mahalaxmi) and Chamunda Devi are present. The Goddess is presented with 8 arms and riding on a lion, here, local Languriya songs are chanted on special occasions, where homage towards the goddess is presented through Languriya.
This is a small village 5 K.M away from Todabheem tehsil and connected through Jaipur-Agra National Highway. It is an important place of Hindu faith. Here a very old temple of Lord Hanuman is constructed on the foothill of the mountain here. People relatively from very far places come down to this place. It is believed that patients of Hysteria and Delirium get cured after reverence. During festive season of Holi and Diwali, a large number of visitors come to this place for reverence and devotion.
The Madan Mohan temple is situated on the border of headquarter near the palaces in the extensive campus, where charming figure idols of Lord Radha Madan Mohan along with Gopalji are established. The Gaud community of Gusai is offering services in a very beautiful manner in various ways. Groups of hundreds of devotees are present during each tableau from Mangla to Shayan. A total of eight tableaus of Madanmohanji complete the whole wishes.