Tonk is a town in Rajasthan, India. This place is also known as Lucknow of Rajasthan. It is located on the banks of Banas River. Tonk is famous for its mosques and havelis. In 17th century this was founded by Nawab Muhammad Amir Khan. Other names of this place are Kharboojo Ka Chaman, Adab Ka Gulshan. Wonders of Mughal architectural styles can be seen here. This place is famous for Leather Products. Best leather goods are available at Subhash Circle.
What to see in Tonk:
Sunehri Kothi: This is also known as Sheesh Mahal. It was built by Nawab Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Khan. It is famous for poetry recitals, music recitals and dance. Walls of the main hall are furnished with gold. Mirrors are attached here.
Jama Masjid: It is one of the biggest mosques in India. Construction of this mosque started in 1246 by Amir Khan. He was the first Nawab of Tonk. Construction completed in 1298 by Nawab Wazirudhoula. He was the son of Amir Khan. Major attractions of this mosque are meenakari work and paintings on the walls of the walls of the mosque. It has 4 minarets and 4 doors.
Arabic and Persian Research Centre: This is historically significant place. It consists of manuscripts relating to Islamic sciences, Culture, history, Literature.
Ghantar Ghar: This was built by Mohammed Sadat Ali Khan in 1937. He was the Nawab of Tonk.
What to see around Tonk:
Chandlai: This was found by Jat Chieftain Chandla. He built a pond at this village. This was named after his daughter Bhala. It has an inscription of Baisakh Sudi 5 Samvat 1027. It is located 8kms away from Tonk.
RajaMahal: It is located on a mountain at Kakor. In this place visitors can see meeting of 3 rivers Khari River, Dai River and Banas River. It is located 22kms away from the town.
Hathi Bhata: This was a historical monument. It was made up of single stone in the shape of an elephant. On the right ear of the elephant visitors can see inscriptions. Inscriptions say that this was built by Ram Nath Slat in 1200 during the rule of Sawai Ram Singh. It is located 22kms away from the town.
Shivaji Garden: Inspiration for this garden is Hiran Magari Gardens and Mysore Gardens. Area covered by this garden is 4 acres. Major attractions for the children are swimming pool and musical fountain. Cost for the Construction of this garden is Rs.1 crore. It is located 55kms away from the town.
Other attractions near Tonk: Other attractions near Tonk are Bisalpur, Ranthambore National Park, Bundi, Kota, Jaipur.
Getting to Tonk: Tonk is well connected with road ways. From Bhilwara, Gwalior, Kota, Jaipur buses are available to visit Tonk. Nearest railway station is Banastha Niwai Railway station which is 38kms away from Tonk. From Bhopal, Secunderbad, Kota, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Indore etc trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Sanganer airport which is located 91kms away from the Tonk. From Goa, Guwahati, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai etc flights come to this airport.
Getting around Tonk: Buses and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Tonk.
Best time to visit Tonk: Best time to visit Tonk is between October to March.
Where to stay in Tonk: Plenty of home stays, budget and midrange hotels are available to stay in Tonk. Home stays are traditional Rajasthani houses.
Where to eat in Tonk: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Tonk. Chinese, South Indian, North Indian cuisines are available at Ghanta Ghar and Kafla Bazaar. In Ghanta Ghar and Jilla Pustakalay, best Rajasthani Cuisines are available.