is known as the 'Lucknow of Rajasthan' and 'Adab Ka Gulshan' owing to the
elegance and beauty lent by its mosques and havelis. It is a small village
located 95 km south of Jaipur, on National Highway 12 (NH12). Tonk bears the
signs of the dynasties that ruled over it.
In the ancient times, Tonk belonged to the reigns of 'Pathan' tribes from
Afghanistan. The grandeur of the mansions will give you a glimpse of the
luxurious lives of Nawabs and their accumulated wealth. You will also find
colonial buildings here, that narrate the times of the British era, when
Tonk served as an important administration centre in Rajasthan.
The main Attraction of Tonk is the 19th century Sunehri Kothi or the Golden
Mansion, situated near Bada Kuan on Najar Bagh Road. The building seems to
be rugged and ordinary from its exteriors but once you have a glimpse of its
royal golden colored interiors, it will be confirmed that the mansion is
aptly named. Sheesh Mahal, or the glass hall of Sunehri Kothi, will leave
you spellbound with the amazing glass and floral work along with exquisite
samples of 'Meenakari' work. Government of Rajasthan has declared it as a
Historical Place and restoration work is on its upswing.
Another spectacular edifice of Tonk is Jama Masjid, one of the biggest
mosques of India. The first Nawab of Tonk, Nawab Amir Khan is credited to
commence the mosque's construction work in 1246, which was given its final
shape by Nawab Wzirudhoula in 1298. You will be reminded of the Mughal
monuments as soon as you see its gigantic entrance gateways. Its interiors
are also exquisitely decorated with colored glass, inlay work and floral
patterns along with gold decorations.
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Duration :14 Nights / 15 DaysAttractions :-
- Delhi Sightseeing - Jama Masjid, Red Fort,Chandni Chowk
- Trip to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
- Wildlife Safari in Ranthambore National Park
- Tiger Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park
- Visit to Khajuraho Group of Temples
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- Visit Laxmi Narayan Temple in Delhi
- Temple visit in Mathura
- Appreciating arhitecture of Taj Mahal in Agra
- Holy Dip at Varanasi (Ganga)
- Visit to the erotic temples of khajuraho
Those who are on a lookout for ancient Persian and Arabic manuscripts, it
is the place to be. The Arabian and Persian Institute houses some of the
oldest collection of books and manuscripts in Persian and Arabic, which were
studies by the Nawabs. These manuscripts date back to the 12th century.
A stunning piece of craftsmanship, Hathi Bhata is an elephant structure
crafted out of a single rock. This brilliant structure is a creation of the
12th century, as is known from the date engraved on the elephant's right
ear. You have to travel 22 km from Tonk on the Ranthambore Road to get to
this ancient marvel.
Getting There & Away:
You can easily get to Tonk from Jaipur, as buses from Jaipur to Kota have a
stopover at Tonk. While coming back from Ranthambore National Park, at Sawai
Madhopur too buses are available for Tonk.