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Dholpur India

Formerly known as Dhawalpuri a small time ruler named Dhawal Deo established the city and named it after himself. Dholpur was a relatively small kingdom, ruled by Hara Rajputs, but had a very turbulent history, the reason being its strategic location on the main route linking Kabul to Delhi. Besides, its proximity to some powerful cities like Gwalior, Agra and Bayana attracted many rulers who wished to take advantage of its strategic location. The brave rulers of Dholpur always did their best to resist every attempt to subjugate them, however, the city regularly suffered at the hands of the invading forces. During Humayun's rule, the site of Dholpur town was moved northwards to avoid erosion by the river Chambal.

Two important Mughal wars were fought at Deorai near Dholpur, the first being the one when Aurangzeb defeated his brother Dara Sikoh in 1658. The second was a war of succession fought between Aurangzeb's sons in 1707 AD.

Laswari is the very site where Daulat Rao Scindia was defeated by Lord Lake. The ruins of the oldest Mughal garden, the Damoh Waterfall and the Kanpur Mahal are the main attractions.

Located towards the south of Dholpur, the Shergarh Fort was built by Sher Shah Suri on the ruins of a Hindu fortress.

The Khanpur Mahal was built as a pleasure- palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

Located 8 kms away from Dholpur, Muchchhkund is a sacred Hindu site. It was named after Raja Muchchhkund the 24th king of the Suryavanshi Dynasty (the solar race) who is believed to have reigned nineteen generations before Lord Ram.

Ramsagar Sanctuary is located some 34 kms away from Dholpur and boasts of a rich aquatic life that includes freshwater crocodiles besides a variety of fishes and snakes. Visitors can also have a look at many water birds like Cormorants, Jacanas, River Terns, Moor Hens, Ringed Plovers and Stilts.