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Best Places to Visit in Tonk

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Arabic Persian Research Institute

The Arabic Persian Research Institute in Tonk, established by the Government of Rajasthan in 1978, is a premier Indian institute engaged in promoting and furtherance of Arabic and Persian studies. It has an impressive Display Hall which contains important and historic manuscripts, along with an art gallery which was opened in 2002. The art gallery features Namda Calligraphy and charming photography collections, alongside postage stamps.

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For visitors, the most notable point of interest may be the unique calligraphy crafted out of human hair, pulse, rice and sesame that has even been written inside transparent glass bottles. This institute is a fantastic contribution to the field of Arabic and Persian studies and is certainly worth a visit.

Sunhari Kothi

Sunhari Kothi in Tonk, Rajasthan is undoubtedly a sight to behold! The lavish palace complex houses a magnificent hall adorned with enamel mirror work, gilt, and painted glass. Illuminated by the beautiful light coming through stained-glass windows, the hall looks like an exquisite piece of enamel jewellery put on display. Rumor has it that the grand hall was built by Nawab Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Khan in the year 1867 for poetry recitals, dance, and music.

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It is nothing short of a magical experience to spend time here and take in the opulent architecture that is steeped in culture and tradition.

The Arabic and Persian Research Institute

The Arabic and Persian Research Institute Rajasthan, Tonk is a unique landmark located in the heart of Tonk city. It was established in 2002 and stands in the valley of two historical hills – Rasiya and Annapoorna. The Art gallery at the Institute showcases impressive displays of stunning arts, calligraphic designs, and antiques that are open to public viewing. What makes this collection special is its houses some oldest manuscripts and books on Persian-Arabic literature that were studied by the former rulers in the 12th century.

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Moreover, many of these unique volumes are decorated with jewels like gold, emeralds, pearls, and rubies. The Institute serves as an essential resource for both researchers and art connoisseurs alike.

Hathi Bhata

Hathi Bhata Tonk Rajasthan is a stunning monument situated 30 kilometers from the Sawai Madhopur Highway. An exquisite stone-carved elephant, it is believed by many to offer blessings and fortune. This beautiful monument attracts tourists from near and far, doing so in spite of its remote location in the dry and arid zones of Rajasthan. Tonk is also home to one of the biggest sandstone producers in the state. The district serves as the administrative headquarters of the region, located nearby other major cities like Jaipur and Sawai Madhopur.

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If you’re planning a visit, Indianholiday.com has all kinds of information on Hathi Bhata and other famous attractions of Rajasthan that are worth checking out during your trip!

Bisaldeo Temple & Bisalpur Dam

Bisalpur, formerly known as Vigrahapura, was established in the 12th century A.D by Chahamana ruler Vigraharaja IV. The city is of importance due to its temple of Gokarnesvara, which was constructed by one of Vigraharaja’s devoted followers, Visala. This 22.20 m x 15.30 m hallowed structure consists of a pancharatha sanctum, antarala, and mandapa as well as a portico with an sikhara – a hemispherical dome constructed on eight tall pillars.

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Carved at their lower sections with floral festoons, chain-and-bell motifs and circular medallions, they surround the linga enshrined within the sanctum. Bisalpur is remarkable evidence of the ancient civilization that preceded it – Vanapura, where Takshakas or Nagas from Todarai Singh reigned supreme The earliest known visit of pilgrims to the area is recorded in an inscription dated A.D. 1154-65. This short inscription is significant for mentioning Prithviraja III, a Chahamana chief, said to have been the ruler and protector of Mewar during the 12th century.

Archaeologists believe that this is one of the clearest records from medieval India which confirms his social status as a sovereign chieftain reigning over much of northern India. The existence and wealth of such rulers – royal and otherwise – are further substantiated by several inscriptions spanning centuries throughout the region, showing that many people made pilgrimages to the various shrines throughout this period.

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The step-tank is a remarkable architectural structure from circa twelfth-thirteenth century A.D.; it is rectangular on plan with double-storeyed corridors occupying its western side. To add to its religious significance, the lower storey is adorned with images of Brahma, Ganesa and Mahishasuramardini which have each been enshrined in individual niches. To increase its aesthetic pleasure, steps encircle the tank on all three sides in sets of thirteen at the higher level and five at the lower level – leading up to a wonderfully carved water container.

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This is an intricate piece of artistic grandeur and must not be missed!

Diggi Kalyan Ji Temple

This majestic temple is a true testament to the incredible feats of architecture of days gone by. With its fabulous antiquity, visitors can truly appreciate the remarkable level of craftsmanship that has gone into building it. The pinnacle of the temple has become a sight to be marveled at with its 16 pillars and aura from the statuettes incurved onto them. It is further accentuated by the immaculate marbled inner chambers, Jagmohan and Sanctum Sanctorum along with exquisite figures carefully crafted onto the front gateway.

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Adjacent to this old temple stands another attractive attraction – The Laxmi Narayan Ji Temple – which adds an additional spiritual appeal for guests to enjoy.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in Tonk is one of the largest mosques in India and a remarkable display of Mughal architectural style. It was originally built by Nawab Amir Khan, the first Nawab of Tonk, and later completed during the reign of his successor, Nawab Wzirudhoula. Inside Jama Masjid there are stunning golden paintings and Meenakari works on the walls, lining and framing the beauty of this religious architecture. Standing out from afar are four massive minars that mark the true grandeur of such an exquisite mosque.

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The site has been admired for its intricate detailing over hundreds of years as its design remains one that continues to awe today.

Jaldevi Temple

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The Jaldevi temple is a unique and fascinating site for many to visit. Located in the Bavadi village, near Todaraisingh city in Tonk, Rajasthan, the temple is dedicated to Jal Devi and holds a great amount of spiritual significance. Said to be nearly 250 years old, an interesting local belief regards the presence of its idol in a well before it was placed formally in the temple. Once every year, during Chaitra Purnima, visitors flock from far and wide to witness the three-day fair held at this sacred spot that is filled with entertaining activities and vibrant cultural performances. Thus, making it one of the most popular events celebrated here!

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, otherwise known as Ghanta Ghar, holds a special place in the hearts of the people living in Tonk and stands as one of its most historic monuments. The tower was built by Mohammed Sadat Ali Khan, the Nawab of Tonk, back in 1936 after a horrific epidemic known as ‘Haiza’ occurred. All money collected from distributing medicine was used to construct this clock tower. To this day, there are festivals and culturally-driven events that take place near the Ghanta Ghar to celebrate Tonk’s momentous history.

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At night, it is especially breathtaking when you can take pride in diving deep into its fascinating past. If you’re looking for an enlightening historical experience in Tonk then visiting this iconic clock tower would not be something you’d regret.

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