Bandikui

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Bandikui
Town
Nickname(s): 
Rail nagri.
Bandikui is located in Rajasthan
Bandikui
Bandikui
Location in Rajasthan, India
Bandikui is located in India
Bandikui
Bandikui
Bandikui (India)
Coordinates: 27°03′N 76°34′E / 27.05°N 76.57°E / 27.05; 76.57Coordinates: 27°03′N 76°34′E / 27.05°N 76.57°E / 27.05; 76.57
Country India
StateRajasthan
DistrictDausa
Elevation
280 m (920 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total44,800
Languages
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
303313
Telephone code01420
Vehicle registrationRJ 29
Modified By - P John

Bandikui (Bandi=Bondwomen, Kui=Water well) is a railway city and a nagar palika, a gram panchayat of Bhandeda gram, panchayat samiti in Dausa district in the Indian state of Rajasthan.[1]

Geography[edit]

Bandikui sits at the junction of Agra-Jaipur and Delhi-Jaipur railway lines. The city is located 205 km south of Delhi. Rajgarh town, erstwhile capital of Alwar state, is about 25 km north of Bandikui. Sikandra is located about 12 km south of Bandikui.

History[edit]

Bandikui was preferred for the tri-junction by British Railway surveyors over Rajgarh, Alwar, due to better alignment. The Bandikui railway station was established in 1874. Most trains traveling between Delhi and Jaipur stop at Bandikui. At its height 1000 British families lived in Bandikui. Some Raj era bungalows survive.

The city attracted migration from nearby villages and its population grew to more than 44,000. Many residents work in Delhi and keep their families in houses in Bandikui.

Attractions[edit]

St Francis Roman Catholic Church, built by King Shishir Shamsher Bahadur, cast in stone, is located near the railway station. The Rajasthan Government gave a grant of Rs 1 Crore for its restoration. The nearby St Francis school consistently produces pupils who top various Rajasthan examinations.

The Harshad Mata Temple dates to 9th century AD, 7 km from Bandikui.

Abhaneri Chand Baori is the deepest stepwell in India.

Economy[edit]

The city is a major agrarian center.

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