Places of Tourist Interest in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan
Because of its location between Aravali Hills and Malwa Plateau, Pratapgarh is a popular venue for ecotourism. The Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses attractive fauna and flora, including flying squirrels, Black-naped Monarchs and Lesser Floricans. Major tourism sites are Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary, Jhakham Reservoir, Gautameshwar Temple, Devgarh and Bhanwar Mata Temple.
Sitamata Sanctuary is spread over the Aravali and Vindhyachal ranges. It is the only forest where teak trees of building value are found. The thickly vegetated sanctuary has about 50% teak trees beside salar, tendu, amla, bamboo and bel etc. Three rivers flow through the forest; Jakham and Karmoj are the major ones. The key fauna of the sanctuary are leopard, hyena, jackal, fox jungle cat, porcupine, spotted deer, wild bear, four horned antelope and nilgai etc. The most important and conspicuous animal of the sanctuary is the flying squirrel, which can be observed gliding between the trees during thr night. The sanctuary is also associated with mythological events; it is believed that Sita, wife of Lord Rama stayed here during the period of her exile in the ashram of Saint Valmiki.
Jakham Reservoir is located at 24°10'30" N latitude and 74°35'30" E longitude at village Anuppura of Pratapgarh Tehsil of Pratapgarh District, in Rajasthan. It was completed in the year 1986. It is constructed on river Jakham, which is a tributary of river Mahi. The project provides irrigation benefits to tribal people. The area near the dam is hilly and consists of waste land, hence a pickup weir at Nagalia, which is 13 km away from dam is constructed from which main canal emerges. The catchment area falls in typical sub-tropical sub-humid to humid climate condition, characterized by mild winter and moderate summer with high relative humidity during the months of July-September. Mean annual PET varies from 1,301 to 1,400 mm.
Gautameshwar Temple is located 3 KM away from Arnod Teshsil of PratapGarh District. It is one of the famous temples in the area and valued as a Haridwar in local region where people can get free from their sins. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. Temple is worth place for Mewar, Malwa and Vagad Community. According to a mytholgy; "Sultan of Malwa" tried to destroy the temple and made a wide cut into the Shivlinga using his sword.
Devgarh is a famous ancient place of Pratapgarh district. Nowadays it is a sub-tehsil of Pratapgarh district. Devgarh is located on a small hill, 13 KM away from Pratapgah City and it is also known as "Devliya". Earlier it was the captial of Prtapgarh and famous as Devliya state. This place is surrounded by small hills and situatated at average elevation of 1809 feet from sea level. Rajmahal, old Bawadia, Catchment areas and Jain temples are located in Devgarh. A famous temple of "Beejamata" is also situated here, where a fair takes place every year. Another temple of lord Raghunath is placed in Rajmahal itself, where a solar clock is placed on the top of it. The clock tells time according to the light of sun. Some of the ponds are Tejsagar and Sonela. Hari temple, Raghunath temple, Goverdhan temple and Beejamata temple truly justifies the name Devliya.
Bhanwar Mata Temple is located 3 KM away from Chhoti Sadri Teshsil of Pratapgarh district. This ancient temple of Bhanwar Mata was even popular in the fifth century also. Bhanwar Mata temple was built by King Gori of "Manvaiyani genus" in the year 491 AD. Temple is also known as "Bhanwar Mata Shakti Peeth". The presence of Waterfall near the temple makes the place live and worth to visit.