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Shekhawati Travel Guide


Shekhawati is a semi-arid historical region located in the northeast part of Rajasthan, India. It encompasses the administrative districts of Jhunjhunu and Sikar. In Shekhawati first of all, Frescoes were introduced by Shekhawat Rajputs in their Forts n Palaces. The towns of Shekhawati region are known for their painted havelis. This region has been recognised as the "open art gallery of Rajasthan" having the largest concentration of frescos in the world.

The semi desert region of Shekhawati is a colourful fantasy having a fascinating uniquely of its own. The open air art gallery, as it is popularly called is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditional of this region. 'Shekhawati', meanings the land of Shekhs clan derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433 AD - 1488 AD) a section of the Kachhwaha family of Jaipur. Earlier a part of the former Jaipur state, it now comprises of the districts of Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Initially the region had a blank monochromatic look but with subsequent historical and social development it has blossomed into a colourful profusion of art and life for almost 2 centuries from 1750 AD to 1930 AD

Most of the buildings of the Shekhawati region were constructed from 18th century to the early 20th century. During the British occupation, traders adapted this style for their buildings.The havelis are noted for their frescos depicting mythological and historical themes. The frescos include images of gods, goddesses, animals, life history of Lords Rama and Krishna, profusely painted on the havelis in this region. The Heritage on Wheels, a luxury tourist train on meter gauge, takes you to the lesser known and colourful area of Shekhawati Region. Heritage on Wheels is a luxury train in Rajasthan by RTDC and Indian Railways.

The havelis, painted predominantly in the blue, maroon, yellows, green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls. The earlier wall paintings (1830 AD -1900 AD) were largely based on the mythological themes, depicting local legends, animals, portraits, hunting and wrestling scenes and a glimpse of everyday life. The turn of the 19th century saw the appearance of new motifs, an outcome of the Raj's influence upon the Indian culture. Now cars, replaced elephants and traditional Indian miniatures mingled with naturalism of western paintings to produce interesting hybrid results.

Shekhawati Tourist Attraction
Shekhwati is a unique region laid in the northern part of Rajasthan that is famous for its frescoed havelis and attractive architecture. Colourful and intricate painting adorning the walls and balconies of the magnificent mansions and frescoed chhatris (cenotaphs) are the major attractions that attract tourists from all over the world.

The Places You Should Not Miss in Shekhawati!

Fatehpur Haveli, Shekhawati Tours Founded in the 18 th century, Mandawa is a busy and bustling market town in Shekhawati region that makes an interesting destination to explore. The affluent merchant families of Mandawa built a prodigious fort protecting the town with a spectacular arched gateway adorned with beautiful images of Lord Krishna and his cows. The major attractions of Mandawa are Chokhani, Ladia, and Saraf havelis and a Shiva Temple with an excellent rock crystal lingam.

Situated in the heart of the Shekhawati region, Dundlod is a small village. Home to a fort that traces its origin back to 18 th century, Dundlod is rich with the heritage of yore. Some portions of the fort are still in good condition and you may have a great experience while visiting Diwan-I-Khas, the hall of private assembly. There are a number of majestic havelis too among which Tuganram Goenka and Jagathia havelis command an attentive view. You can also visit the Satyanarayan Temple, a famous attraction of the region.

Established as a capital for Muslim Nawabs in 1451, Fatehpur is a tranquil town of rare architectural wonders. It was taken away by the Shekhawati Rajputs in the 18 th century and the place is rich with Rajput heritage. Mahavira Prasad Goenka haveli, Nand Lal Devra haveli, Geori Shankar haveli and the Harikishan Das Sarogi haveli are the major attractions of Fatehpur apart from its beautiful 17th century baoli (step well).

Ramgarh was founded by an affluent Poddar merchant family in 1791 . According to legends, they had left the village of Churu over some disagreement with the landlord and founded Ramgarh. Once one of the richest towns of the area, Ramgarh still flaunts the magnificent Poddar havelis and Ram Gopal Poddar Chhatri that command your attention for their architecture and artistry.

Roop Niwas Palace in Nawalgarh, Shekhawati Tour Packages Rich with some finest frescoes of Shekhawati, Nawalgarh region is a must visit destination in Rajasthan. It was founded in the 18 th century and still houses the reminiscence of yore with its majestic fort built in 1737. Aath havelis, Anandi Lal Poddar haveli, Bhagton ki Haveli, Hem Raj Kulwal haveli and the Khedwal Bhawan are the major attractions of Nawalgarh. Now converted into a luxurious hotel, Roop Niwas Palace stands apart with its royal architecture.

Situated at a distance of about 250 km from Delhi and 180 km from Jaipur, Jhunjhunu was a stronghold of the Kayamkhani Nawabs till 1730. The frescoed havelis of the Tibriwals and the Modis and the exquisite architecture of Khetri Mahal and the Bihariji Temple make Jhunjhunu tour an unforgettable experience.

How to Reach Shekhawati
The nearest airport is at Jaipur, which is 150 km away. It has regular flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
The mainline joining Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner passes through Shekhawati. As a result many towns in the Shekhawati region are well connected by trains to Delhi and all major places in Rajasthan
Shekhawati has a good network of roads that connect it to the other cities of Rajasthan. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is 120 km away from Shekhawati. Private and state run buses and taxis ply regularly between Shekhawati and some of the important destinations in Rajasthan. Jeeps and local buses can be used to commute locally in Shekhawati.

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