A lesser explored treasure of history is home to the brave Chauhan Rajput of Jhalawar in Rajasthan. The major highlights on offer here are the varied culture heritages and the distinctive landscape like temples, palaces and forts from Rajputs as well as the period of Mughal. Its flora also flaunts which is apart from this southeastern city of Rajasthan. From Kota by the British, after being separated the princely state of the Jhalas is created in 1838 AD. Jhalawar has rocky but water- laden verdant landscape which is lying at the edge of Malwa plateau in the south- eastern region of Rajasthan.
It is a perfect experience that must not be missed for those seeking to examine unique aspects of Rajasthan. Some of the tourist highlights are the Atishay Jain Temple, Bhawani Natya Shala, the Jhalawar Fort, the Gagron Fort, the Government Museum and Ren Basera. The township was situated amidst a lush green forest which was home to many species of exotic at that time. During the winters orange laden orchards and red poppy fields make the countryside all the more colorful and fascinating.
Dominated is this pleasant city town temples and forts such Chandrabhaga temple, Jhalawar Fort and Gagron Fort by 19th century. The temple of Sitaleswar Mahadev is the finest feature of its remains. A highlight is pokes its triangular nose to the neighboring state of Madhya Pradesh while its different location at the Rajasthan’s border in itself, its vast history wow all who venture here and its vibrant culture showcased in the Chandrabhaga Fair.
This fort is also known as Garh Palace which was built by Maharaja Rana Madan Singh between 1840 and 1845. This pretty monument houses the Collectorate and other offices which is situated in the centre of the town and also is located in the heart of the city. Visitors should drop in at the majestic Palace of Women or the Zenana Khas on a short stopover at the Jhalawar Fort and they are prime examples of the art’s Hadoti School. One of the exceptional forts which are secluded and bordered by water and wooded area is Gagron. From the region of Jhalawar, the illustrious Gagron fort is positioned 12 km away.
Jhalawar Government Museum
This Museum has a fine collection of beautiful statues of Lakshminarayan Vishnu, paintings, rare manuscripts and idols and it is one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan which is built in 1915 AD. Belong to inscription of fifth and seventh century amongst the most sees is rare manuscripts, paintings and sculptures. Jhalawar Museum is also a part of the Fort Palace which is situated bang in the middle of the city. A best tourist attraction is this ancient structure. The museum gathers lots of history lover’s attention due to its rare exhibits and unique collectibles. The most unusual theatre is close to the fort.
Bhawani Natya Shala
This is the beautiful and best part of the Garh Palace. One of the most unusual theatres is the Bhawani Natyashala which is constructed in 1921 AD. This stage provides an amazing insight into the world of theatre from the architecture point of view. It was used for hosting Parsi plays when this unusual theatre was made initially. It is an architectural marvel and quite a unique structure. Uniqueness of the Bhawani Natya Shala lies in the fact that its deep stage with its construction of an underground which allows the horses.
A best example of water and hill fort is Gagron Fort. The Dargah of Sufi Saint Mittheshah is front of the fort where during the month of Moharram a fair is organized every year. One of the six hill forts of Rajasthan is Gagron Fort and is near Jhalawar. The fort is indeed a sight to behold which is surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Sindh, Kali and Ahu rivers on three sides. There used to be a deep moat completing its defenses on the forth side. It has behind it the Mukundarrah range of hills and is surrounded by forests.
Stand some pretty temple of Chandrabhaga with intricately arched gateways and carved pillars on the banks of the splendid Chandrabhaga River. Also noteworthy with exquisite sculptures and fine murals is the Shantinath Jain temple of the 11th century AD and is also known for the Shri Dwarkadheesh Temple that was established by Jhala Zalim Singh. Fine examples of the temple craftsmanship and architecture are the intricately arched gateways and carved pillars.
Buddhist Caves and Stupas
An interesting building is Buddhist Caves which is constructed by Maharaja Bhawani Singh in 1921 and near the Garh Palace. The greatest attractions of Jhalawar are the Buddhist caves which is located in the Kolvi village. In the caves, the most impressive structures are a colossal figure of the carved stupas and Buddha. It is an architectural marvel and quite a unique structure. It provides a very best insight into the theatre- art and has been recently revived. They are the finest surviving examples of Indian art which is located about 90 km from Jhalawar.
One of the oldest museums is the Government Museum of Jhalawar in Rajasthan built in 1915 AD and has a best collection of rare idols, paintings and manuscripts. This is situated in the old Garh Palace near the Bhawani Natya Shala. This museum is also a part of the Fort Palace and is situated in the middle of the city. A good tourist attraction is this ancient structure. From the area there are various other artifacts, many manuscripts and paintings. The most unusual theatre is close to the fort in India.
This is stands on the banks of Chhapi River which is close to an irrigation dam. A pretty antique construction of ruins in Jhalawar district on the bank of the river Chhapi is Ruins at Dalhanpur. Extend over an area of 2 km the ancient ruins of impressive temples torans, exquisite sculptures and carved pillars which make these temples interesting. Renovation and conservation work is under progress at present in this project.
Owing to its numerous temples and their bells Jhalarapatan is also known as “the City of Bells”. The 10th century Surya Temple is the pride of Jhalarapatan. The temple is crowned with a finely carved shikhara which is similar to the Sun temple in Konark in Orissa. The size of the pillars decreases as height increases and the shikhara is built in layers which following a seven story pillar format. It is popular for the ruins of other elegant architecture or specimens, exquisite sculptures, pretty temples and artistic creations. Remarkable are the lovely sculptures and the idol of Surya on this massive temple. One of the great example architecture with lovely sculptures is Jhalrapatan.
Chandkheri Atishay Jain Temple
It is primarily known for its architectural, religious, historical and archaeological value and was built in the 17th century. Also it has religious value having Adinath statue in a sitting position which is 6 feet tall and is situated at Chandkheri near Khanpur. Along with reasonable & descent accommodation options available within the area of temple which is one can easily find traditional meals here. This temple located at a distance of 34 km from Jahalawar near the Khanpur town.
By Road: This place is well linked by road with Jaipur, Bundi and Kota.
By Train: Ramganj Madir is the nearest railway station at the distance of 25 km.
By Air: Kota is the nearest airport which is lying some 87 km away but Jhalawar has no airport its own.