Tonk District is situated at a distance of about 82 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The district is bordered by Bhilwara and Bundi districts in the south, Jaipur in the north, Ajmer in the west and Sawai Madhopur in the east. The total land area of the district is 70914 sq km, which accounts for 2.1 % of the total area of Rajasthan.
Divisions of Tonk District:
The district has only 2 sub-divisions, each with 6 tehsils under them. Malpur and Tonk are the tow sub-divisions. The district headquarters is located in the small town of Tonk.
History of Tonk:
The founder of Tonk was Nawab Mohammad Aamir Khan. This former princely state, founded in the year 1824, was originally the seat of the Bairath civilization. The area was also ruled by the Mauryas and then by Harsha Vardhana. The place was part of the Bairath State. It was ruled by famous Rajput dynasties like the Chauhans, Sisodias. Holkars, Solankis and others. In the year 1950, the region was converted into a district and it became a part of Rajasthan.
Climate of Tonk District:
The climate of the Tonk district in Rajasthan is hot and dry. In summers the temperature goes as high as 45 degree Celsius while in winters the it remain at 22 degrees Celsius.
Economy of Tonk District:
Different kinds of crops like Groundnut, maize, sorghum, pearl millet, wheat, barley and gram are grown over here indicating that agriculture is the main occupation over here. Besides this, the district is rich in mineral deposits like garnet, quartz, morrum, feldspar, granite and Bajari. Tonk is particularly known for its sandstone. Deoli is the chief producer of sandstone in Tonk.
Tourist Attractions in Tonk District:
The places of interest that one can pay a visit to in Tonk include:
Rasiya ka Tekri
Hathi Bhata- This is 5 km from the district headquarters
Bisalpur- This is 70 km from the district headquarters
Ghanta Ghar- This is 22 km from Tonk city
Rajamahal- Meeting point of Banas, Dai and Khari River.
Sunahari Kothi in Tonk city
In order to reach Tonk district in Rajasthan, one can take a flight to Jaipur Airport. There is a good network of roads connecting the district with Delhi, Bundi, Ajmer, Kota, Jaipur and Sawai Madhopur. There are ample number of buses operated by the RSRTC. The nearest railway station is the one at Banasthali-Newai(35 km) and the Jaipur Station(96 km). Express trains run along this route on a regular basis thereby making it convenient for the tourists to reach this place.
Last Updated on : 16 January 2012