Karauli, the administrative headquarters of Karauli District
, is a holy city situated 160 km southeast of Jaipur
. This erstwhile princely state of eastern Rajasthan is noted for its historic temples and majestic monuments.
Karauliís origin dates back to the 14th century. Its early name was Kalyanpuri, christened after the local deity Kalyanji. The city is highly fortified; a red sandstone wall, which has six gates and eleven posterns and strengthened by bastions at several places, runs in its circumference.
Places of tourist interest include Aila Devi and Madan Mohanji temples, City Palace and Bhanwar Vilas Palace. Kaila Devi Game Sanctuary (25 km) and Mahavirji Jain Temple (30 km) constitute interesting excursions. The annual Kaila Devi fair, held during the dark half of 'chaitra' is a major draw.
Nearest airport is at Jaipur. Nearest railhead is at Gangapur (81 km).