Dances of Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan

The Sawai Madhopur dances are adapted from the neighboring districts and the Ghoomar dance for instance originally comes from Udaipur and is prominent during ‘Holy’, the festival of colours occurring on the full moon day of March. Some of the upscale hotels also organize these local dances on specific request. Another attractive feature of these dances is that most of them are interactive in character and guests can join in with the dancers and shake a leg if they choose to. The following are among some of the more prominent folk dance forms in the Sawai Madhopur region.

Ghoomar dance, Rajasthan

Ghoomar dance, Rajasthan

Ghoomar Dance

Ghoomar is a simple form of Rajasthan folk dance where women in colourful attire across ages, using a unique kind of footwork create swaying movements of their body. Synchronizing the steps with the song selected is an important part of this dance. The dancers move in a circular motion with the steps alternating between clockwise and anticlockwise directions.

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Less Frequented but Exceptional Attractions of Sawai Madhopur

Time is by far the major constraint when you are exploring the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan India. Deeply entrenched in history, royal living, art, architecture and not to forget, a series of fresco paintings, the Sawai Mahopur offers even more attractions for those who are looking to take on this unique combination on earth.

Ganesh Temple, Sawai Madhopur

This temple devoted to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles is located inside the Ranathambore fort within the Ranathambore park. This temple is unique since the idol of Lord Ganesha in this temple has 3 eyes as against the usual 2 eyes. 3 eyes are generally associated with Lord Shiva, the father of Lord Ganesha.

Amareswar Mahadev Sawai Madhopur

Amareswar Mahadev Sawai Madhopur

Amreshwar Mahadev, Sawai Madhopur

This is another temple devoted to Lord Shiva located inside the Ranthambore forest in an isolated and underdeveloped area. You can reach the temple by taking a left turn from the main entrance to the Ranthambore park and going about 2 kms in the same direction when you can find a small gate that may also be missed if you are not specifically looking for it. The small road from the gate leads you to the temple. All the trouble reaching the temple is worthwhile since you will get to see several natural springs with the water really heavy in sulphur content.

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Rajiv Gandhi Museum of Natural History & Shilpgram

This museum is located 9 km from Sawai Madhopur and stands as a museum highlighting the plants and animals as well as the natural heritage of western India apart from being a resource center particularly for children and the general public. In combination with the Ranathambore National Park, the Ranathambore Fort and Shilpgram, the museum presents itself as one of India’s finest heritage attractions.

Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History Sawai Madhopur

Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History Sawai Madhopur

The museum housed in a sprawling 7.2 acres has a number of interactive exhibits, digital panels and several important dioramas with different themes to highlight human interface with Mother Nature and her efforts to conserve natural resources and the nature itself. The museum comprises of 3 galleries with each of them presenting a distinct theme. Continue reading Rajiv Gandhi Museum of Natural History & Shilpgram