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Shekhawati in Rajasthan is a semidesert region, popularly known as the open air art gallery. Shekhawati is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditional of this region. Shekhawati's magnificent havelis or mansions, built by rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural style that evolved around the courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women folk and protection from the heat of the long and harsh summers. The towns of Sikar and Jhunjhunu can be used as convenient bases to explore the variegated examples of Shekhwati art. Both these towns on this circuit are well connected to Jaipur as well as to Delhi directly.

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Shekhawati Tourist Attractions

From Delhi 250km and 180km from Jaipur. The district headquarters was a stronghold of the Kayamkhani Nawabs till 1730. The havelis of the Tibriwals and the Modis as well as the Khetri Mahal and the Bihariji Temple have frescoes worth seeing.


The other district headquarters town, also has several fine examples of frescoes on its havelis and temples. The main centers of Shekhawati art in this district are at Ramgarh Fatehpur and Lachhmangarh. Some of the important towns that should not missed are Sikar where the temples of Gopinath, Raghunath and Madan are interesting as are the Biyani havelis with their unusual blue and white colours. Two other important temples in the vicinity are the Harsh Nath temple and the Jain Mata temple.

Dundlod and Parasrampura

The most obvious destination for a day-trip from Nawalgarh is nearby Dundlod, 8km north and the site of a fort dating back to 1750 and some beautiful havelis. The fort, like most others in the region, has been converted into a luxury hotel. The beautiful Chhatri of Ram Dutt Goenka is worth a visit.

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