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.