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DESTINATIONS » WEST INDIA » RAJASTHAN » SHEKHAWATI
 
 
 
The semi-desert region of Shekhawati, lying in the triangular region between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner, is famous for its plethora of painted havelis (mansions), all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditions of this region. Starting around the 14th century, a number of Muslim clans' move into the area and the towns, which developed in the region, became important trading posts on the caravan routes emanating from the posts of Gujarat. The 'Open Air Gallery of Rajasthan', as it is popularly called 'Shekhawati', the Land of Shekhs, derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433-88), one of the descendents of the Kachhwaha family of Jaipur, who was one of the first to establish his clan here. Although the towns have long since lost any importance, they may once have had, what they have not lost is the beautifully painted havelis (mansions) constructed by the merchants of the area. Most of the havelis ate from the 18th century. The region also has forts, a couple of castles, baolis (step wells), chhatris (cenotaphs) and mosques.
 
     
     
 
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  Dundlod   Ramgarh   Nawalgarh  
             
      Jhunjhunu      
             
             
             
 
Dundlod
 
 
Destination Dundlod
Location Shekhawati
State Rajasthan
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage sight seeing,Pilgrimage/Place of worship
It is a small village, right in the heart of the Shekhawati region. The fort here dates back to 1750 and has now been converted into a heritage hotel. The Diwan-I-Khas (Hall of Private Assembly) is in still a good condition and has stained glass windows. The noteworthy havelis include the Tuganram Goenka and Jagathia havelis. The Satyanarayan Temple is also another attraction.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Ramgarh
 
 
Destination Ramgarh
Location Shekhawati
State Rajasthan
Destination type Handicrafts
Activities Shopping
It was founded by the powerful Poddar merchant family in 1791 after thy had left the village of Churu following a disagreement with thee thakur (landlord). It had its heyday in mid 19th century and was one of the richest towns of the area. Apart from the Poddar havelis, the Ram Gopal Poddar Chhatri (cenotaph) is also noteworthy. The town is also known for its local handicrafts.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Nawalgarh
 
 
Destination Nawalgarh
Location Shekhawati
State Rajasthan
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage sight seeing
Founded in the 18th century it has the finest of Shekhawati's frescoes. The main building of this town is the fort built in 1737. The havelis of interest here are Anandi Lal Poddar haveli, the Aath havelis, Hem Raj Kulwal haveli, Bhagton ki Haveli and the Khedwal Bhawan. There is also the Roop Niwas Palace that has now been converted into a hotel.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Jhunjhunu
 
 
Destination Jhunjhunu
Location Shekhawati
State Rajasthan
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage sight seeing
It is one of the largest towns of the region and also the district headquarters. The town was founded by the Kaimkhani Nawabs in mid 15th century AD. It remained under their control until it was taken over by the Rajput ruler Sardul Singh in 1730. It was in Jhunjhunu that the British based their Shekhawati Brigade, a troop raised locally in the 1830's to try to halt the activities of the dacoits (bandits). The town is known for the Khetri Mahal, a palace dating from around 1770. It is one of the most sophisticated buildings of the region and it offers splendid views from its top. The Bihariji Temple is from a similar period and contains some fine murals. The noteworthy havelis include the Modis haveli and the Kaniram Narsinghdas Tibrewala haveli. There is also a Mertani Baoli (step well), a mosque, the Kamruddin Shah ki Dargah and a Jain temple in the area.