Nawalgarh: The seat of the Poddar families, among other, Nawalgarh is known for the high quality of its paintings, even in the richly frescoed Shekhawati area. Its Poddar School has some excellent old work, as well as walls that have been restored in recent times using the same style of frescos for which the region is famous. Nawalgarh was founded in 1737 by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior-statesman of some eminence. The town has a colourful bazaar and a fort, now a little disfigured, yet worthy of attention. There are numerous havelis; prominent among them are the Aath (eight) Haveli Complex, AnandilalPoddarHavlei, JodhrajPatodiaHavlei, BansidharBhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli and Hotel RoopNiwas Palace.
Photo Credits: Sh. Rajesh Jangid Guide
This town is known for the several erotic frescoes painted behind doors, on the bedrooms ceilings and on the walls. Considering the social constructions of that time, these appear to have been the result of a very private and special efforts. Some examples of fine fresco work are evident in the Shiv Narain Nemani Haveli, Shiv Narain Nemani Baithak, Kothi Shiv Datt, Rai Jagan Lal Tibrewal Haveli and Ram Pratap Nemani Haveli.
Founded in the mid 18th century by Raja Mukund Singh, this is a small town, only 14 km from Mandawa and 2 km from Dundlod in the Shekhawati region. Built around a temple square, Mukundgarh has a good handicraft market. Besides textiles, the brassware and iron scissors made here are of good quality. The Kanoria and Ganeriwala Havelis carry fine examples o fresco paintings. The Mukundgarh has been converted into a heritage hotel and in its conversion into heritage property, Cross Country Hotels has retained the atmosphere this 250 years old fort with its charming, painted interiors that include the typical Shekhawati frescoes.
One of the principal feudal principalities of Shekhawati, the havelis of this charming small town are beautifully painted, and some of them are over two hundred years old. These include the Goenka Haveli that is well known for the exquisite quality of its frescoes.
Lohargal is also a place of tourist because of its natural beauty. This place is associated with Bhim, one of the heroes of the great epic, 'Mahabharat'.
One on the most finest of the small towns in the Shekhawati region, this feudal settlement not only has a royal castle, but innumerable havelis where the painted facades offer a great variety of surprises. Mandawa was founded by Thakur Nawal Singh, a descendant of Rao Shekha after whom the entire region is named. It is today also a major center of a handicrafts and furniture industry. A painted archway decorated with Lord Krishna and his cowherds leads to the Bazar. The Mandawa Family's collection includes ceremonial costumes and precious arms with handles of jade. The havelis worth visiting are those of Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka and Ladia.
Mandawa Vishva Goinka Haveli. Photo Credit Sh.VikramSoni
Alsisar & Malsisar
Located on the northern most tip of Shekawati, these towns were founded in the late and mid 18th centuries respectively. The style of the frescoes here and lively colour combinations are a treat for the eyes. Also the forts in Alsisar & Malsisar, as well as the temples and the Jhunjunwala havelis are magnificent. Besides painted havelis, wells and reservoir with ornamental traditional architecture are worth seeing in both the villages.
Sone Chandi Ki Sal
One of the most Exquisite havelis known as the Sone Chandi Ki Sal dates back to 1846. Floral motifs, trees and birds are beautifully painted with intricacy of meenakari work. Gilded frescoes on the walls and roofs of the haveli chambers are a mesmerizing sight.
This 18th century town has some fine havelis such as the Sona-Chandi-Ki-Sal and business shops built by the Poddars. The Meenakari work, the figures of birds and floral and tree motifs, as well as the gilded walls and ceilings leave the spectator amazed. Raghu Nath Temple is another interesting place to visit.
Lying at a cross-road, Chirawa became popular as a trading town between Jhunjhunu and Loharu. The Havelies worth seeing here are Raj Bahadur Tulsian Haveli, Nemani Haveli, Mangal Chand Dalmia Haveli, Tara Chand Keshar Dev Dalmia Haveli, Dulichand Kakrania Haveli, Bhola Ram Kakrania Haveli, Manohar Lal Vaidh Haveli, Karkranida Well and Sekhsaria Well. The Dalmias & Kakraniyas grew wealty on trade and built sprawling havelis here.
Founded in the 18th century, this town has fine havelis including the Sigtia, Khemka, Tibriwal and Kedia Havelis. The chhatris or cenotaphs of the Thakurs are also attractive.
Bissau, Hakim haveli Photo Credits: Sh.VikramSoni
Founded in the 18th century, Khetri was the second wealthiest Thikana under Jaipur and is known for the painting adorning the Raghunath Temple and the Bhopalgarh Fort. Sites not be missed are the Panna Lal Shah ka Talab (water tank), Rama Krishna Mission, Sukh Mahal and Hari Singh Temple. Ajit Sagar, Rameshwar Das Baba ka Ashram at Bassi and Baghore Fort constitute the excursions one can take from here.
Ajit-Vivek Museum, Khetri
A Museum, now known as Ajit-Vivek Museum, related to Raja Ajit Singh and Swami Vivekananda was established in the Restored Historic Diwankhana Mahal of Khetri in District Jhunjhunu.
Panna Lal Shah Talab (Water Tank), Khetri
A man-made huge water Tank with stairs till its base, located in Khetri, District Jhunjhunu.
Birla Museum of Science & Technology
Pilani: At Pilani, in the campus of Vidaya Vihar is located the Birla Museum of Science and Technology. The museum contains the latest science equipments, models of material science and illustrative diorama, working models, charts & Photographs explaining the principles of the science. It also throws light on the various aspects of engineering science. Sharda Peeth marble temple dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning also worth a visit.