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Shekhavati Tour

ShekhavatiNicknamed the Garden of Shekha, Shekhavati reached its political height in the early 18th century during the rule of Shardul Singh. Rao Shekhar, a Kachawaha satrap who ruled over a large part of this land in the 15th century gave the name of Sekhawati to this place. With subsequent historical findings and social developments the monotonous look of the region disappeared to blossom into a colour extravaganza of art and life.Having a fascination unique of its own, this semi desert region, more commonly called as the open air-art gallery, houses a plethora of painted havelis all signifying to the artistic tradition of the land.


Location
Shekhavati in North Rajasthan is spread across the district of Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar on the Haryana border.

Climate
Temperature in summers hovers between 41°C to 29°C, while in the winters it fall to a low of 10°C. Rainy season starts from July to September . The best time to visit the place is from September to March.
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Major Attractions
The Havelis - The marvellously constructed havelis by the rich merchant of the region displays a charmed architectural style. The havelis were built in such a way that it protects the safety and privacy of the women folk as well as to relieve them of the extreme heat of the harsh midsummers. The havelis, painted predominantly in blue, maroon, yellow, green and indigo have beautiful paintings adorning their walls.

The popular design was of fresco painting. The latticed carved windows with mirror works were decorated with gold and silver leaf. Different from the Mughal style, the havelis of Shekhavati consist of two courtyards, one outer and the other inner. The larger ones, however, have up to four courtyards and are two storeys high. The main entrance is usually through a carved wooden gate leading into a courtyard, which in turn leads to another inner courtyard. The exteriors are exquisitely decorated with mural work while some are embellished with paintings.

Lachhmangarh Fort Perches on Rock Face Shikar - Sikar was the largest 'thikana' or feudal state under Jaipur, founded in the 17th century. The fort and temples of Gopinath, Raghunath and Madan Mohan with commendable paintings on moist plasters are worth visiting. The Jubilee Hall, Madho Niwas Kothi, Biwani Haveli, Sodhani Haveli, the Jain Temple and a large market are other places of interest.

Nawalgarh - Thakur Nawal Singh founded this town in the year 1737 AD, and it boasts of some of the finest paintings in the Shekhavati region. The town has a colourful bazaar and a fort. There are numerous havelis, prominent among them are the Aath Haveli complex, Anaadilal Poddar haveli, Jodhraj Patodia haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani haveli and Hotel Roop Niwas Palace.

Lachhmangarh Fort - A full fledged shadow and imitation from the city of Jaipur , the Fort Lachmangarh commands a bird's view of the town. It has to its credit some of the beautiful havelis of the times of Raja Lachhman during 19th century .

Jhunjhunu - Capital of Shekhavati, Jhunjunu is the largest town of the district built in the mid 15th century by the Kamyakhani nawabs. It remained under their control till the beginning of the 18th century. Finally, it was taken over by the Rajputs under Sardul Singh. Jhunjhunu has a number beautiful havelis and interesting monuments like the Khatri Mahal or the Wind Palace (dating back to 1760 AD), the Sri Bihariji Temple, Kamruddin Shah ki Dargah and the Mertani Baori.

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Shopping
Mewari miniatures and paintings, pottery, pichwai can be bought from the nearby local markets. Imitated art pieces from the havelis on clothsand carved furniture, wooden artistic door are the favourite.

The colorful Shekhavati Festival held every year in the month of February is a time when tourists can pick up items of their choice in Shekhavati.


The Mukundgarh Fort Accommodation
The heritage hotel like the Roop niwas Palace, the Castle Mandawa located in the region is a storehouse of antique furnitures and wall paintings. The Mukundgarh Fort is known for its captivating courtyards, halls, balconies and arches.The heritage hotel offers you a lot of facilities and arranges for the tourists to go on camel, jeep or horse safaris to the nearby places of tourist interest in the Shekhavati region.


How to Reach
By Air -
Jaipur , which is 150 km away is the nearest airport from Shekhavati is the nearest airport. Jaipur is connected by frequent flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
By Rail -
Jaipur is the nearest major rail station from the Shekhavati region. Many towns of Shekhavati are connected by rail to Jaipur.
By Road -
Shekhavati has a good network of roads and the region is well connected to Jaipur, Bikaner and other cities of Rajasthan by road. The region can easily be reached by frequent buses and cars from Jaipur.


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