Rajasthan is the royal state that is rich in heritage along with plenty of historical places which offer a glimpse of cultural aspects of ancient India. There are several small towns and villages with amazing architectural monuments, palaces, forts and temples that contribute to the radiance of the estate. Karauli is one of the famous tourist destinations having religious significance which attracts devotees from different corners of the world. It has around 300 temples and is considered as a pious city of the state.
Karauli is formerly known as Kalyanpuri, situated on the Golden Triangle Route is nearly 160 km from Jaipur. It was established by Maharaja Arjun Dev Yadav in 1348 AD. The place carries a myth that Karauli was founded by Raja Bijai Pal who was 88th descendent of Lord Krishna. The city is guarded by a red sandstone wall to protect the city from enemies.
The most visited sites in Karauli are the Kaila Devi Temple situated at the bank of Kalisil river and a few more constructions. The temple is made of white marble with checkered floor and is dedicated to Goddess Kaila Devi. Madan Mohanji and Mahavir Jain Temples are also revered by tourists. Kaila Devi Sanctuary, a part of Ranthambore National Park, which wildlife photographers and safari lovers covet to visit. City palace ornamented with amazing artwork on walls and magnificent architectural beauty is certainly not to be missed.
Karauli is also famous for its fairs and festivals. Shivratri cattle fair held in February is one of the largest animal fair of Rajasthan. Kaila Devi Chaitra and Ashwin Mela are two more fairs held at Kaila Devi Temple. Karauli is a place where one can seek peace of mind in the holy ambience of the heritage town.