Also renowned as “the open air art gallery”, Shekhawati is a semi-desert region celebrated for its richly painted 18th to 20th century havelis (mansions), splendid forts, and magnificently carved temples, wells and cenotaphs. You will hardly come across such a rich collection of elaborate and finely executed wall paintings anywhere else in Rajasthan. The Shekhawati region is home to a number of enchanting towns that are also the most impressive tourist attractions in Shekhawati. Some of them deserving a mention are:
It is an 18th century town known for its captivating havelis. There is an archway adorned with images of Lord Krishna and his cowherds leading to the bazaar. From the terrace of the castle of Mandawa, you can get stunning vistas of the town. Mandawa also flaunts a glorious fort featuring excellent paintings and a small museum housing artifacts belonging to the Mandawa family. Some of the must watch havelis in Shekhawati are Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka, Ladia and Gulab Rai havelis.
It is also one of the prime tourist attractions in Shekhawati, which was founded in the year 1737, by Thakur Nawal Singh and is particularly noted for several awe-inspiring fresco works. The town flaunts a lively bazaar and a grandiose fort and it is strewn with lots of havelis and the well-known ones being the Aath (eight) Haveli complex, Anaadilal Poddar haveli, Jodhraj Patodia haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani heavily and Hotel Roop Niwas Palace.
One of the leading places to visit in Shekhawati is the Dundlod town, which is located in the center of Shekhawati. The main highlights of this quaint town are its impressive fort and havelis that date back to the 18th century. Some of the notable ones to mention are Jagathia and Goenka havelis.
It is a peaceful town in the Shekhawati, well known for its marvelously painted havelis. The leading tourist attractions in Jhunjhunu are the 8th century Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple and Mertani Baori (step-well) with gorgeous paintings. Apart from these, the Modi Haveli and the 19th century Tibrewala Haveli are also popular for their exquisite paintings.
Apart from these tourist attractions in Shekhawati that you will come across on your tour to Shekhawati, there are a lot more that are also recommended as part of your excursions from Shekhawati. A few notable one are Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Lakshmangarh, Sikar and Mukundgarh. The tourists who are religious by heart should not miss out the Harsh Nath Temple and Jeen Mata Temple that are highly venerated by the Hindus.
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