Sawai Madhopur Railway Station in Rajasthan has bagged the
National Tourism Award for the "Best Tourism Friendly Station" for
2014-15. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan presented the award to WCR General
Manager Ramesh Chandra and Divisional Railway Manager Kota Division Seema Kumar
at the ceremony held in Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi.
The recently renovated Sawai Madhopur is a true replication
of Ranthambore’s diverse wildlife. Murals on the walls and ceilings have given
life to the former station. Over 5,000 feet of the station's walls are painted
with the flora and fauna that the reserve hosts. Witness the images of tigers
to darters, tree-pies, hyenas, bears, leopards and the Banyan tree. The living
art museum of wildlife has created a vibrant junglescape. The artwork was one
of the masterpieces by the Ranthambore School of Art led by two master
painters, Gajanand Singh and Narayan Singh. The railway station has previously
won the award as ‘First Heritage Railway Station’.
Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is one of the stops for luxury trains such as Palace on Wheels, Maharajas' Express and Royal Rajasthan onWheels. The station has itself become a marvel for the travelers. The graphic
paintings are definitely attention grabbing. Proceeding form the station one of
the most memorable wildlife adventures await. The Ranthambore national park was
the erstwhile hunting lodge of the Maharajas of Rajasthan. The Ranthambore Fort
stands as testimony to the era. Sawai Madhopur retains the charm of the bygone
era till date.
The Sawai Madhopur Railway Station of Kota division has also initiated
special efforts to enhance passenger amenities within the station and its
circulating area. Passenger facilities developed at Sawai Madhopur Station
includes tourist information centre, ATVM, retiring room, refreshment room, computerized
announcement and special monitoring for cleanliness.
Labels: Luxury Train Travel in India, National Tourism Award, Rajasthan tourism, Sawai Madhopur Railway Station