Shekhavati is a city of the royals with beautiful palaces and wall paintings that one might just want to look at for hours. Rich in traditional arts, crafts and architecture, Shekhavati has always brought in people who like to witness what royal life in the past was like. The art lovers can witness the open air art gallery in the Shekhawati region. The havelis which were hole to the royals once have now been converted to huge hotels for the tourists. The major attractions of this place are Alsisar, Mandawa, Dundlod, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Bissau, Mahansar, Khandela, Jhujhunu, Sikar, Khetri, Nawalgarh, Mukundgarh, Bagar, Chirawa and many more. Maximum tourists are seen during the months of February as at this time of the year there is a celebration and one can witness the folk dances and listen to the folk songs. This festive season is thoroughly enjoyed by all the tourists. If you want to live the royal Rajputana way, then you must definitely visit the Shekhawati region once in a lifetime.
Places To SeeBagar
Bagar is a town in the Shekhawati region which is famous for its painted havelis. Most of these havelis were built in the 20th century by the Marwari merchants of Shekhawati. Some of these havelis are actually painted in pure gold at many places. Two havelis that are especially worth a mention are the havelis of Rungtas and Piramal Makharia. Tip
: While in Bagar, you can also visit the nearby Fatehsagar Water Tank, Dargah of Miya Saheb and White Gate. Alsisar and Malsisar
Located in the Jhunjhunu District at the northern most tip of Shekhawati, these two towns were established in the late and mid-18th century respectively. Both towns are famous for their exquisite style of frescoes and colourful paintings that are reflected in the numerous forts and havelis here. Some of the major tourist attractions in these towns include: Mahali Dutt, Khetan Haveli, Cenotaph of Thakur Chhotu Singh, Sri Lal Bahadur Mal Well and Jiwan Ram Marodia ka Talab. Tip
: You can combine your visit to the towns with a tour of the several wells and reservoirs in this region. These wells and reservoirs showcase ornamental Rajasthani architecture. Churu
Located about 82 km away from Shekhawati, the Churu district of Rajasthan is famous for its luxurious havelis (mansions) and forts which showcase the typical Rajasthani style of architecture. The carvings and paintings on the walls of the havelis depict the stories of local heroes. Some havelis worth a mention are Kanhaiyalal Bagla Haveli, Surana Haveli and Malji Ka Kamra. There is also a fort in Churu that was built by Thakur Khushal Singh in the year. Other attractions such as Aath Kambh Chhatri and Gondia Chhatri are also very popular. Dundlod
This small town is located in the center of the Shekhawati region and is famous for various mansions and havelis. The Dundlod Fort is another attraction that is worth a visit. It was built by a Rawal king in the 16th century. The fort has now been transformed into a heritage hotel. Other prominent attractions in the town include Jagathia and Goenka Haveli, Satyanarayan Temple, Chokhani, Diwan-I-Khas, Ladia and Saraf Haveli. Fatehpur
The town of Fatehpur is located midway between Jaipur and Bikaner on the National Highway 11. It was established by Fateh Khan, a Kayamkhani Nawab in the mid-15th century. Like other places in Shekhawati, Fatehpur, too boasts of several havelis. Visit the Goenka Haveli which was built in the year 1865. It has several beautiful paintings on the walls and ceiling. Other historic tourist attractions include Nand lal Devra, Saraogi and Singhania havelis. Jhunjhunu
The town is very popular for its beautifully painted havelis. The paintings inside the Seth Ishwardas Mohan Das Modi Haveli are considered to be the best of their kind in the Shekhawati region. The Tibrewala Haveli, which dates to the 19th century, is famous for its colored glass windows. Apart from the havelis, you can also visit the 18th century Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple and Mertani Baori. Lakshmangarh
This 19th century town was established by Raja Lakshman Singh of Sikar. The major attractions here include the Shyonarayan Kyal Haveli, Char Chowk Haveli and Rathi Family Haveli. Mukundgarh
This 18th century town was founded by Raja Mukund Singh, and like other towns in Shekhawati region, it too boasts its share of colourful havelis. These havelis are known for their divan khanas and fresco paintings, wall hangings, family portraits and wooden furniture, which date back to 17th and 18th centuries. There are several temples located here, most of which are dedicated to Lord Krishna. Tip
: While in the town, you must visit Fort William Haveli, Ghuwale Wolon Ki Haveli, Ganga Bux Saraf Haveli and Raj Kumar Ganeriwala Kala Kendra. Shakambari
The town is famous for a 7th century temple dedicated to Goddess Shakambari. Hindu mythology has it that Shakambari is an incarnation of Ishwari, the consort of Shiva. The divine mother, Shakambhari is popularly called the “Bearer of Greens” by the Hindus.
Things To DoMandawa
The town of Mandawa is located in the center of the Shekhawati region. The town is famous for its fort, which is also known as the Castle Mandwa. Built in the 18th century, this is a colossal fort with a painted arched gateway. The fort was constructed by Thakur Nawal Singh, son of Shardul Singh, in Vikram Samvat 1812 (1755 AD). Tip
: Mandawa is located about 168 km from Jaipur in the north and is well connected to other parts of the region by a good network of roads. While in the town, you can also take advantage of various safaris such as horse safari, camel safari, village safari etc.