Jhunjhunu – Mandawa – Nawalgarh
|About Jhunjhunu||Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan is declared to be the largest open art gallery in the world. The major attractions of this region of Rajasthan are the numerous magnificent and fabulous Havelis (Havelis are mansion of local traders). Almost all the areas of Jhunjhunu district are adorned with several Havelis. The finest thing about the Havelis and Forts of this region are the fresco paintings on the wall. The colourful, minute and lively frescos give you an idea about the rich past and the love of art amongst the people of this region. Many holy shrines of this region also should not be missed whether you are a devotee or not.|
|Places to visit in Jhunjhunu||
1. Ajit Sagar Lake – This manmade lake is very soothing and serene. Filled by rain water, this lake has pavilions on each of the 4 corners with beautiful paintings.
2. Badalgarh Fort – You will be surprised to know that Badalgarh Fort is not actually a Fort but a Stable! Built by Nawab Fazl Khan for the horses and camels of the King, this Fort is not as magnificent as Forts generally are but it is certainly worth visiting. The Fort offers great views.
3. Birdi Chand Well – This step well is equivalent to temple as water is very valuable in desert region. The well is surrounded by 4 towers (minarets). The towers are decorated with beautiful paintings. A small temple of Lord Hanuman is also built near the well.
4. Bihari Ji Temple – This temple of Lord Krishna also known as Bihari Ji is known for the historic paintings in the temple.
5. Dundlod Fort – Another masterpiece of the Rajputana architecture is the Dundlod Fort. Fabulous interiors, ornamented walls and the superb view of Dundlod from the Fort makes a visit to Fort a must. Presently the Fort has been converted into a heritage hotel.
6. Dargah of Kamaruddin Shah – The Dargah of Kamaruddin Shah is a religious place housing a madrasa (Islamic school), a mosque, a mehfilkhana (court yard for religious fests) and the tomb of Saint Kamaruddin Shah. One can observe paintings with floral motifs around the courtyard.
7. Khetri Mahal – Also known as Palace of Winds, Khetri Mahal is one of the finest architecture of Jhunjhunu. Marble pillars adorn the palace instead of walls letting air to flow. The arches and columns of the Palace are intricately designed. Famous Hawa Mahal of Jaipur is inspired from Khetri Mahal.
8. Kirori Ji – Kirori Ji is a religious place of Hindus with various holy shrines and hot and cold water springs. The natural beauty of the area attracts a number of tourists throughout the year. Also Cenotaph of Raja Todar Mal of Udaipurwati is worth visiting.
9. Lohargal – This holy place of Hindus is very pious and its natural beauty is captivating. A water stream flowing down the hill forms a pond named Suraj Kund. The waters of Suraj Kund are clean and believed to be miraculous. It is believed that a dip in this kund relieves one from various diseases. The story of the Kund dating back to Mahabharat period is interesting. Malket, barkhandi, Gyan Bawari, Bhim Kund, Chetan Das Bawari and many other temples of Gods and Goddesees are worth visiting monuments in the Lohargal area.
10. Mertaniji Ki Baori (Stepwell) – This is the most stunning stepwell of Jhunjhunu district. Its depth is around 30 M and its sulphuric waters are said to cure many skin diseases.
11. Mukundgarh – Mukundgarh like all other places in Shekhawati region is known for the mind blowing Fresco Paintings in the Fort and Havelis. A glimpse of the work of art on the walls of the Fort and magnificent Havelis will make your day. Some of the prominent Havelis of Mukundgarh are Fort William Haveli, Ganeriwala Haveli, Kanodia Haveli, Ghuwale Wolon ki Haveli, Murarka Haveli, Saraf Haveli, Nangalia Haveli, etc.
12. Narhar – An old Dargah of Sufi Saint Sakharbar Shah makes Narhar an important place for devotees. Both Hindu and Muslim devotees visit this dargah to seek blessings. A fair organized on the occasion of Janmashtami is also popular here.
13. Rani Sati Temple – Worshipped by billions worldwide, Rani Sati Mata’s temple is founded in Jhunjhunu. The Temple occupies spiritually as well as touristic importance. The stories behind the worship of Rani Sati Mata are exciting. The temple of Mata is built in white marble and decorated with wall paintings.
14. Zorawargarh – Zorawargarh is a Fort built by Zorawar Singh, eldest son of Sardul Singh (Founder King of Jhunjhunu). This fort consists of numerous buildings and Zenana complex also. Presently the Fort is used as Government Office and Town Jail.
15. Havelis – Havelis in the Jhunjhunu District are the major attraction of this region. These havelis were built not by Kings but by local traders for their residence. The Fresco works on the walls of the Haveli make them antique to be preserved as a heritage. Jhunjhunu is like a mine of Havelis. Every region of this district houses several magnificent Havelis. However some Havelis need special mentioning like Sone Chandi ki Haveli, Seth Ishwardas Mohan Das Modi Haveli, Nar Singh Das Tibrewala Haveli, Shri Ram Jait Ram Tibrewal Haveli, Bala Bux Tulshan Haveli, Khetan Haveli, etc.
16. Mandawa – Mandawa has a Castle which is a perfect place to know in depth about the glory of the Rajputs of the past. The beautiful murals all over the Castle, the furniture and antiques, the construction, all reminds us of the royal past. Presently the castle is converted into a luxurious hotel. Other places of tourist interest include Akhe Ramka Haveli, Banshi Dhar Nevatia Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Saneh Ram Ladia Haveli, Chowkhani Double Haveli, Laxmi Narain Ladia Haveli, Mohan Lal saraf Haveli, Kedar Mal Ladia Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Vishwa Nath Goenka Haveli, Devi Dutt Goenka haveli, Raghu Nath Temple ( Goenka’s) Fatehpur Road, Ram Nath Goenka Haveli, Goenka Chhatri and Harlalka Cenotaph- Fatehpur Road, Shiv Temple of Bhag Chand ka, etc.
17. Nawalgarh – Nawalgarh is known for the following tourist attractions: Sheesh Mahal, Morarka Haveli, Roop Niwas Palace, Anandi Lal Poddar haveli, Devi Dutt Patodia Haveli, Banshidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli, Dangaich Haveli, Kulwal Haveli, Kuri Mal Shekhsaria Haveli, Chhaochharia Haveli, Goenka’s Four Havelies, Aath(eigth) Havelies, etc. Fresco paintings on the walls of Palace and Havelis are admirable.
|Best season to visit||August to April. Summers are too hot, so avoid|
|Shopping||Bandhani (tie and dye), wood work, lac ornaments, leather work, Fresco paintings on paper and other handicraft items are worth shopping from Jhunjhunu. Phootla Market, Nehru Market, Sardul Market are ideal for shopping|
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|Connectivity||Airport: Jaipur (Rajasthan), Hissar (Haryana)
Railway Station: Jhunjhunu (Passenger Trains), Jaipur (Major Station)
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|Special Notes||Alsisar, Bagar, Bissau, Churiajeetgarh, Gangiasar, Kajara, Mahansar, Malsisar, Parasrampura, Singhana, Surajgarh, Udaipurwati, etc. are the other areas of Jhunjhunu District with fabulous Havelis decorated with remarkable murals which should not be missed. These areas also have many shrines of Hindu and Muslim Deities worth visiting.|