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Rajasthan - Baroli - A Traveller's Guide
Baroli, (Also spelled as Barolli), about 40 km towards the south-western side of Kota, the pretty city of Rajasthan, is hidden in the natural darkness. Ruins of 7 holy temples are dotted around the wonderful Baroli. History of these divine temples dates back to 8th century.
Amongst all these primeval temples, the sanctified Ghateswar Shiva temple is the prime one. This is also said to be the oldest one of Rajasthan. The carvings of the temple make the abode of the almighty an agreeable attraction. The arty odissi architectural panache is prominent on the walls of the temple. The engraved women sculptures on the pillars of the temple are excellent and admirable. The dancing idols of Hindu Gods, such as, Vishnu, Shiva and innumerable other holy deities, are creatively embossed on the wall at the entrance. The Lingam idol has a combination of five metals. The reddish stones of the temple reflect the golden rays of sun. Such enticing allurements and sculptures are maintained properly in the museum of Kota.
Spend quality time watching the ruins of the scattered temples of Baroli and start your journey towards the Pratap Sagar, about 10 km away from Baroli. The second barrage of Pratap Sagar had been constructed on the Chambal River. Enjoy the trip along with all your family members before you travel back to kota from Pratap Sagar.
Sawai Madhopur, Ujjain and many more appealing destinations of Madhya Pradesh can be comfortably accessed from Kota as well.
Dara Wildlife Sanctuary, about 78 km towards the south- eastern side of Kota, is a heavenly paradise for all the nature lovers. If you want to witness the true natural splendor, then you must visit the sanctuary once. The sanctuary was built in 1955 and is a homeland of animated wolfs, vivacious leopards, wonderful Nilgais, swift deer, wild pigs and slow-moving beer. Vibrant birds wander around the sprawling 250 square km of green manor of the sanctuary to enjoy the nature to the fullest.
Interested tourists should not forget to grant permission from the Tourists Office, Kota before visiting the sanctuary to watch the natural setting of the Dara Wildlife Sanctuary. If they visit the place during February- May, it would be an overwhelming and charming experience for the hordes of tourists.
Tourists who want to gaze at the absorbing nature of the sanctuary closely for some time, they have to stay overnight at the Forest Rest House of the Dara Wildlife Sanctuary.
Explore the historical values of the nearby fort, atop the undulating hill, located near the city of Jhalawar which can be accessed by availing a train from Kota or Mathura. It’s situated at a distance of 85 km towards the southern side of Kota. If you want a comfortable trip to Jhalawar, then hiring a car from Kota would be the best possible option for you.
A Government Office had been set up in the fort now. You need to ask for permission to watch the splendor of the Jenana Khas, the palace of the fort. The panoramic view of the surrounds would definitely enthrall the swarms of tourists. It’s evident from the structure of the ancient fort that, the fort has lost its old splendor and historical value now.
Jhalrapatan, about 7 km away towards the southern corridor of Jhalawar, is a bright spot on the map of Rajasthan for the “City of Temple Bells”. The temple complex comprises of 108 contiguous righteous temples. The ruins of the Surya temple of 10th century can still be witnessed though. The Hindu deity, Surya, is residing on the holy throne in his abode. Devotees receive his blessings twice a day when they worship the deity both in the morning and evening.
Divine Shantinath temple and sanctified Dwarkadhish temple (at the western side of Jhalrapatan) are pulling spiritual crowds every year. Temple lovers would be fascinated to watch the sight of ruins of innumerable temples of 7th-8th centuries in Jhalawar. These temples are dotted on the prolonged banks of Chandrabhaga River.
It’s a great opportunity for you to visit Ramgarh, popularly known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan, about 6 km away from Kota. Access this destination hiring a Jeep from Kota. The grand attraction of Ramgarh is the sacred Bhimdev temple, erected way back during 11th century. The class-apart divinity of this temple would mesmerize you. Ruins of countless temples are also sprinkled around the city of Kota. Most of these are the abodes of the Hindu God, Shiva.
Hotel Chandrawati, Prithvi Vilas Palace, Guest House, Rein Basera and many more privately owned hotels are there in Jhalawar.
How to reach: Avail a bus from Kota to Baroli. You can also hire a car to Baroli from Kota.
Where to stay: The city of Barolli has not come up with many hotels yet. It’s better to stay at Kota.
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