Shekhawati is situated in the triangle between Delhi and Bikaner and Jaipur. Shekhawati is a semi desert region in north Rajasthan and is not just a town or fort. It means the “garden of Shekha”. Eminent for their amazing painted havelis is the towns of Shekhawati. This magnificent land is once the bastion of Rao Shekha which is located on the North of Rajasthan. Shekhawati is a tourist destination of major landmark of colorful Rajasthan. Such is the havelis appeal that this region is dubbed as “open art gallery of Rajasthan”. This landscape is dotted with so many havelis that tracking them is something like a hunt of treasure. These structure ceilings, complimenting the otherwise barren and flat land and fine art various forms adorn the walls. Shekhawati is the only place where the walls have always been used as a canvas and where paintings speak more than locals it.
Artistic tradition of the plethora of painted Havelis in rich makes it fascinating and commendable. Dates are most of the buildings from 18th century to early 20th century. Frescos shows the British arrival and train doubtlessly for the benefit of those household members who did not travel to distance places by train and locomotives of highlighting steam or see this newly introduced transport mode. This land is laced with innumerable grand mansions and pretty havelis that are guaranteed to one’s imagination for capture. Fauna and mythology lies, this wonderful art, at the very core. These marvelous mansions, tales narrating the Lord Rama valour and the Lord Krishna unfold on a journey. Noted the havelis for their frescos depicting themes of mythological and huge that.
Founder of Nawalgarh is Thakur Nawal Singh in 18th century. In the Shekhawati region it has some of the finest frescos. Fort of a huge with numerous havelis and colorful bazaar with elaborate architecture makes it an interesting destination for a stay of 1 night / 1 day and there are a few prominent havelis such as Hodh Raj Patodia Haveli, Anandilal Poddar Haveli and Aath Haveli etc. which are the two forts and the palace hotel Roop Niwas that is a pretty heritage property and to be visited and is renovated with modern facilities. The palace offers great thematic evenings with sumptuous cuisine, Luxurious interiors, spacious painted rooms and graceful hospitality. Ganga Mai Temple is the other attraction of Nawalgarh.
A group of havelis, on the west of the fort know numerically as aath meaning eight, aath havelis. On these havelis frescos are not the best examples but through the periods, they show the transition in painting styles. A stream locomotive is one of the paintings depicts while other show horses, camels and elephants mammoth images. Muraraka Haveli is situated the opposite of these havelis which shows off some very fine painting from the Krishna legends including the miniature paintings. It has no occupants and some function is taking place of the courtyard is usually locked unless. Kulwal Haveli of Hem Raj is to the north. The haveli depicts built in 1931 at the entrance portraits of the Kulwal family and also that Indian leaders such Nehru and Gandhi. Bordered by very colorful architraves are the windows. The inner courtyard leads from an ornate silver gate leads which has some religious themes fine paintings mostly. In for a small tip, a local caretaker will let you. It is the Khedwal Bhawan to quite close which features blue tile work at the entrance to the inner courtyard and some striking mirror. A locomotive some frescos depicting engine crossing a bridge and a woman on a swing in Teej Festival are seen on some walls. On an outside wall also seen is the story of legendary lovers Dhola Maru. Haveli of Morarka thrown open its doors to public only recently charges for entrance Rs 75. Ramayana legends, the haveli displays some very well preserved paintings. Other notable havelis are Hira Lal Sarowgi Haveli, Bhagton ki choti Haveli, Geevrajka Haveli, Parusrampuria Haveli, Chhauchharia Haveli and Dharni Dhakra Haveli.
This Dundlod destination is in the heart of Shekhawati Region about 7 km from the fort Nawalgarh is a blend of the Mughal and Rajput Art and founded in 1750 and architecture the Diwan- e- khas has an impressive library, stained glass windows and find antiques. The quarters of zenana are on the 1st floor featuring exquisite furniture and decors. It is converted into a comfortable and cozy abode; the state dress code and an attractive factor are grand hospitality with the guards of horse.
The Goenka Haveli has the fine mirror work above the windows and is worth a visit for the beautiful frescos and birds in the outer courtyard and features of Florets. There are better preserved paintings in few other chattris and havelis. Rather interesting is a peep into the village on a camel safari. A horse’s fine breed has been a passion with the ancestors of family and till continues this time by their descendent. At the resort envelopes a 1 day and 1 night stay over you with the nostalgia of their life style of classic that is complimented by the formal entertainment and hospitality. Other attractions are Satya Narayan Temple, Jagathia Haveli and Tuganram Goenka Haveli to be visited here. For the taste buds the chefs (thikana Kansamas) doles out with delicious cuisines.
It is founded in mid of 18th century Manawa skyline today is dominated by an imposing mirage such fort now a hotel of heritage that is maintained in the classic medieval theme with the luxuries of modern. Painted with interesting forms of Lord Krishna paintings and his cowherds is the archway of painted. In the region of Shekhawati, Mandawa is one of the most visited destinations. A unique theme in different wings is the sprawling architecture houses. Adorned by intricate interior mirror work and wall paintings with open terrace that offers a majestic view of the whole town is the spacious rooms.
Mandawa family the women folks who lived in a royal style once used this floor. This family has a different collection of their preserved paintings, originally the durbar hall and now an exotic lounge and antiques that adorn the main huge hall in the centre of the castle. The precious arms with jade handle and the family collection ceremonial costumes and pretty curios brought by the British as a gift for the nobles are well placed such as showcase of a museum. An experienced of night stay in itself with oriented and medieval cuisine and thematic evenings.
The great famous temple of SANKATMOCHAN HANUMAN is situated in the Churu district and from Fatehpur, it is drive 2 hrs. This temple is situated in the small town which called Salasar. All over the world, the holy temple requires no introduction to Hindus. Temple has a devotee’s trail that cannot be numbered. Dates back the history of this temple to 1811 in a village called Asota where a farmer got stuck by some under the earth, while plugging his field and emerged an idol of Lord Hanuman when cleared by his wife. Salasar for proper religious incarnation the Thakur of that village dreamt being asked to shift the idol. Lord Hanuman called Mean Das a devotee worshipper at the same time also dreamt about the Lord and was asked to do the same.
Thus sent to Salasar was the idol with all devotion and care. The place was later developed gradually into a concrete temple, transforming the village into the Salasar Dham, initially a hut, which now has a large complex. From all over the world every year lacs of followers visit this holy place, all that the desire of devotees is fulfilled by Lord Balaji.
This immensely legend famous Krishna temple can be traced back to the medieval Mahabharat where the son of Bhim (the great pandav brothers) and Nag Kanya, Barbareek displayed his great warrior skills that Agni Dev gave him a bow and Lord Shiva’s pleased who endowed his blessings in the shapes of Teen Ban, so that he could conquer all the three worlds. The popular Mahabharat war in order to watch he sat towards the field of battle and thus the incarnation of KHATU SHYAMJI and his tryst in between with a Lord Krishna become a vital part of the history in disguise.
Otherwise victory of pandavas would be not possible since he possessed the Teen Bans, the lord asked the young Barbareek to sacrifice his head for charity. Sheesh Dan’s promise maintained his boy as a true Kshatriya but at the same time wished to watch the war and his wish was granted. His head was buried in Khatu on later where was inspired to construct a temple, place the head in a religious manner and king had a dream. From the bottom of their heart, till this date his devotees are blessed by just pronouncing his name, with true Samarpan. At the time of the mela in the Kartik month, visit this pilgrimage temple, the devotees from all around the world. From conscious belief, their belief and devotion pours. Today, the temple is run by trust and the devotees offerings is for the Kirpa which the god bestows on his devotees.
This temple is known as Sakarai Mata, it is situated in Sikar district of Shekhawati region and the famous temple of Maa Bhagwati Shakambari. The temple lies east of Sikar 56 km amidst the Arawalis green valley. The famous temple lies 16 km from Udaipurwati village of Sikar district and to reach the temple an approachable road is available. From Udaipurwati buses are also available and it is also connected with Jaipur, Bikaner, Delhi, Nawalgarh, Jhunjhunu and other important Shekhawati region’s villages.
This place is popular for its sacred temple which is built in 7th century and is one of the eight SHAKTI PEETHS in India. The magnificent temple is located surrounded by varieties of trees such plash, kirwala, lot of herbal trees, dho, kankun, neem, falsa, gangeran and petal. SHANKAR GANGA is the famous river which is flows near the temple in rainy season and many ghats have been created in which the traveler take a holy dip.
Near the temple, where the pilgrims can stay, there are a lot of dharamshala which is built by the seths (Merchants) of the Shekhawati region and the other places are Shri Aatm Muni Ashram, Jata Shanker Temple etc. Round the year, the pilgrims come to the temple in the month of MAAH, 8th, 9th & 10th day are marked as special pray of Goddess Bhagawati, here during this period lot of pilgrims come. A nine day long Nav Ratra Festival is held here in the Aashose & Chaitra month in the time of NAV RATRA.
By Road: From Jaipur, Shekhawati is about 120 km by road. By road is the most convenient way to Shekhawati tour and surroundings areas.
By Train: Crosses Shekhawati, mainline railway joining Bikaner, Jaipur and Delhi.
By Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur airport from Shekhawati 120 km away.