Shekhawati region of Rajasthan consists of the areas falling under Sikar, Jhunjhunu and some parts of Churu, Nagaur and Jaipur. There are thousand of Villages & Towns which falls under this region. Shekhawati is famous for its rich heritage and beautiful architectures full of fresco paintings , hence also known as “open air art gallery”. Now a days Shekhawati is the most favorite tourist destination for those visiting India to experience her rich heritage.
Shekhawati is truly a blessing for all art lovers who are in to architecture and old painted sculptures. Shekhawati style of architecture is unique in itself. The Mansions (Havelis) , Step Wells (Bawadi) , Charitable Inns (Dharamshalas), Cenotaph (Chhatris) and Forts made by Shekhawat Rajput rulers and Marwari community is beautifully painted with divine and contemporary pictures ranging from Hindu Gods to British Raj to Trains to Telephones and more..
Many of the old heritage Havelis and other buildings (Mansions, Forts) are now converted in to hotels and guest houses.
Shekhawati – Rajasthan, India
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History of Shekhawati
Shekhawati, as the name suggests is the land of Shekhawat Rajputs. The term Shekhawati directly relates to its founding father MahaRao Shekha Ji. The literal meaning of word Shekha+Wati in local language means the garden of MahaRao Shekha. Descendants of MahaRao Shekah Ji are called Shekhawat Rajputs. The noble Shekhawat Rajputs ruled this area for more than 500 years. Other than the Rajput community, Marwaris (the business class) and agrarian communities like Jats and Malis have an important role in growth and prosperity of Shekhawati. You can read more about History of Shekhawati at this page..
People of Shekhawati
The region is home for most colorful people of India. You will witness different kind of colorful dresses of both men and women, men often wear neatly tied colorful turbans. This area gives maximum soldiers to Indian military services, sometimes called as Veer Bhoomi (Land of Braves). Military, Agriculture and business are the main source of earning for Shekhawati people. Marwari community established itself as the most prosperous social group in the world by venturing in all big and small trades. Birlas, Khaitans, Piramals, Poddars, Modis, Mittals, Dalamias, Roongtas, Singhania are very prominent name in business world. You can read more about life of Shekhawati people at this page..
Until two decades back Shekhawati was almost an unknown place among the tourists due to lesser media coverage. Now the aggressive marketing by tour operators, good connectivity, liberal policies of government have changed the scenario all together. There are many hotels, guest houses and resorts catering the tourist’s needs. Internet technology have further revolutionized the momentum. More and more people are coming to Shekhawati every year. In the fast paced life and improved modes of transportation, Shekhawati projected itself as a weekend excursion for people of Delhi NCR and Jaipur. We have consolidated Shekhawati tourism information on this page to give an overview.
Places to visit in Shekhawati
There are many towns to see in Shekhawati and roam around to witness the beauty of this painted land. Here we have listed the best places to visit in Shekhawati, the main points of attraction in the region are Alsisar, Mandawa, Dundlod, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Bissau, Mahansar, Khandela, Jhujhunu, Sikar, Khetri, Nawalgarh, Mukundgarh, Bagar, Chirawa and many more…We also covers parts of Churu and other adjoining districts of Shekhawati region where the art and culture attraction points are relevant to the visitors traveling this area of Rajasthan. Read More….
How to reach Shekhawati
You can reach Shekhawati by air, rail and road. The nearest airports are of Jaipur and New Delhi. The area is well-connected by Road..Read more here to understand the routes to reach Shekhawati. We also have created a Distance Calculator for your ease to calculate the distance and understand the route map to reach Shekhawati. Please check with Railway Authorities before commencing your journey as a meter gauge to broad gauge conversion going on in the region and trains are not operating due to this up-gradation activity started in year 2012. Location of Shekhawati is in North-West Rajasthan.
Shekhawati Travel Guide
We have curated a quick Shekhawati travel guide for you at this link . This is a detailed ready reckoner for tourists visiting the region. We have covered all the aspects which a traveler need to know before planning a visit to Shekhawati.
Map of Shekhawati
We have provided a detailed tourist guide map of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan on our website to help you plan your upcoming tour to colorful Shekhawati circuit of Rajasthan. You can access the detailed map at this link.
Weather of Shekhawati
The best time to visit Shekhawati are the months from October – March every year. The temperature varies from very low to high depending upon the months you are visiting this place. In summers the mercury goes up to 45-47 degree Celsius in the region, but still the nights are relatively cool in the summers. One should carry a lot of packaged water in summers to avoid dehydration. Monsoon is moderate, you would not face heavy rains or like that. Here is the detailed climate report of Shekhawati. As mentioned earlier winters are the best time to visit this beautiful land
Festivals of Shekhawati
This area of Rajasthan is famous for celebrating festivals with grandeur and in full spirits. The main festivals celebrated here are Teej, Gangaur, Holi, Diwali, Navratri (twice in a year). There is one annual event namely “Shekhawati Festival” which is organised by Morarka foundation every year in the month of February. Shekhawati Festival is being held from last 18 years in Nawalgarh. Shekhawati festival hosts organise rural tours, arts and crafts fair, cattle fair, organic food court and concludes with an award ceremony to recognize local craftsmen and artisans.
Newspapers of Shekhawati
Shekhawati Bhaskar is a regional news paper published in Hindi, it is a subsidiary supplement of Dainik Bhaskar daily news paper. Shekhawati Bhaskar is a famous news paper in Sikar, Churu and Jhunjhunu. Rajasthan Patrika is another leading Hindi Daily. Tourists can access English News Papers and Internet connectivity in hotel rooms to read news in language of their choice.
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