In the south-eastern part of Rajasthan, aligned with the eastern banks of Banas River this district named as Tonk is located. Its boundaries are touched with these seven districts- Bundi, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Jaipur, Dausa, Sawai Madhopur and Kota.
History of Tonk is very old. It was a part of Bairath culture and civilization. It was under Mouryas in the Mouryan period, than it was merged with Malvas and was under Harsh Vardhan. Then Rajputs ruled over here.
Jaipur’s king Man Singh conquered Tari and Tokra Janpad in the period of Akbar. In 1643 AD twelve villages of Tokra Janpad was given to Bhola Brahmin and he named them ‘Tonk’.
In 1806 AD, Afgan ruler Amir Khan conquered it from Balwant Rao Holkar, but the British government took it from him. Later in 1817 AD they returned it back to Amir Khan gave him the title of Nawab. Fromm then it was ruled by the Nawabs till the independence of India. That’s why it is also called as the “Lucknow of Rajasthan”.
According to census 2011 the total population of Tonk is 14,21,326 of which the total male population is 7,28,136 and the female population is 6,93,190, where the total growth rate of the population with the comparison of census 2001 is 17.30%. Density of Tonk is 198 persons per km square. The sex ratio of this district is 952 girls per 1000 boys. Average literacy here is 61.58% of which the male literacy is 77.12% and female literacy is 45.45%.
Places of interest
Sunahari kothi also known as Sheesh Mahal is one of the most beautiful things of Tonk. Its walls are painted with golden paint and are decorated with beautiful art of meenakari, pachhikari, paintings, glasses and flowers.
Bisldev temple or Bisaldev dham is situated at the beautiful location on the banks of Banas River. This temple is devoted to Lord Gokern. Bisal Dam also located here, which is made on Banas River and is one the favorite location of photographers.
Hathi Bhata is a single stone which is carved in the shape of an elephant also attracts many tourists for its unique art.
Jama Masjid, Ghantaghar, Raja Mahal, Shivaji Garden, Rasiye ki Tekri are some other places to visit in Tonk.
Transportation in Tonk
Taxis are the main medium to travel inside the city, these taxis don’t use meters, you have to fix the fair before taking the ride. Rental cars are also easily available.
How to reach
Jaipur airport is the nearest airport to reach here via airways, which is 91km away from the city. Taxis and buses to Tonk are easily available from here.
Banasthali Niwai railway station is the nearest railway station from the city, which is well connected to several major and minor cities of India. Jeeps, cars, taxis and buses are easily available from here to reach Tonk.
Regular buses are easily available for many major cities of Rajasthan from Tonk.
Banas, Mashi and Bandi are the rivers which pass through and nearby Tonk.
Special about Tonk
As it was ruled by Nawabs for a very long time several mosques and historical monuments were constructed here and this place is popularly known as “the Lucknow of Rajasthan”.
History of Tonk
Demographics of Tonk
Places of interest in Tonk
Transportation of Tonk
How to reach Tonk
Tourism Guidance in Tonk
Rivers in Tonk
STD codes list of Rajasthan, Tonk District
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