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About Sikar
Located in the north-eastern part of Rajasthan, Sikar is a historical city boasting of its magnificence and allure. The city lies midway between Bikaner and Agra on the National Highway 52 and attracts tourists from all across the globe for its rich heritage, culture, and serenity. It carries historical significance for being the capital of the state Thikana Sikar and was known as Beer Bhan Ka Bass during the times of Shekhawati kings rulings.

The beauty of Sikar is visible through its remarkable traditional places, gorgeous ancient temples, artistically landscaped gardens, and grand forts that make it not only eye-catching but interesting and exciting too. Its historic magic is proven by its surrounding gigantic walls that envelop the city and allow entry only through seven grand entry gates. It is also a place to learn about Rajasthani's colourful culture, traditions, and friendliness.

Sikar allures tourists from all across the world for its daunting beauty of fresco painted Havelis, temples, forts and surrounding attractions that highlight the exuberance of Indian traditions. Laxmangarh Fort,  Danta Fort, Devgarh, Harshnath Temple, Ganeshwar, Jeenmata, Khatu Shyam Ji Mandir, etc. are a few of the top highlights of the city that make it a dream destination for the history lovers or spirituality seekers.

With a plethora of enthralling activities available in and around the city, Sikar also gains the attraction of adventure buffs and thrill-seekers. Zipline, Camel Safari, Desert Camping, Hot-Air Ballooning are some of the thrilling activities available near the city, which are perfect to enjoy a rush in adrenaline. Also, tasting traditional Rajasthani cuisine, watching a puppet show, folk dance or music performances, or doing some souvenir shopping are some of the fun-filled activities that must not be missed while on a trip to the Sikar City.

Being located in Rajasthan, Sikar has hot plus semi-arid summers and the temperature can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius. With an annual average temperature ranging around 24.6 °C, winters (October to February) feature pleasant and tourist-friendly climatic conditions and prove to be the ideal time for excursion and sightseeing. Don't miss this charming destination and enjoy the grandeur and elegance with 'Padharo Mhare Desh' hospitality.
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What are the best places to visit in Sikar?

1. Devgarh: One of the most famous attractions of Sikar, Devgarh is known for its gorgeous Deogarh Mahal. The Mahal is set atop Aravalli Hills and presents a brilliant example of Rajasthani architecture and interiors.

It is now converted into a Heritage Hotel by the Deogarh's Royal family members, who still stay there. The tourists love to stay here for its pristine setting, impeccable facilities and traditional hospitality.

Location: Deogarh Madaria, District Rajsamand, 313331, Rajasthan.

2. Laxmangarh Fort : 
An imposing masterpiece built by Raja Laxman Singh, the fort proudly displays the brilliance of ancient architecture as the structure stands still upon scattered colossal rocks. Located atop the hill, it also provides 360 degrees views of the Laxmangarh town.

The grandeur of the fort is visible through its fresco paintings and impressive design that flaunt the rich Shekhawati style. The Jhunjhunwala family owns the Fort and now takes care of its upkeep and preservation. Being a private property, you need special permission to visit this Fort.

Location: Laxmangarh, Rajasthan 332311.

3. Harshnath Temple: 
One of the famous Hindu shrines, this Harshnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is thronged by a multitude of devotees and worshippers to seek blessings. It is located 14 km away from Sikar and offers the pristine views of Aravalli Hills and lush surroundings. It is another example of the Rajasthani architectural marvel that is depicted in its structure and finely carved sculptures of Gods and Goddesses. During the festival of Shivaratri, the place gets adorned with flowers and lights and amuses the visitors with its mesmerizing illuminated scenery.

Location: Harsh, Sikar, Rajasthan 332001.

4. Ganeshwar: 
Another prime attraction of the city that must not be missed while in Sikar, Ganeshwar is thronged by visitors to enjoy some leisure time with family or friends. Known as a famous picnic spot, its location to the Neem ka Thana also adds to its highlight.

It is an excavation site having the ruins of 4000 years old, which makes it a star attraction of Sikar. There are fascinating hot sulphur springs too that also attract people for being able to cure skin diseases and adds a unique charm to the place's exclusivity.

Location: Neem Ka Thana, Sikar, Rajasthan 332705.

5. Jeenmata: A
n important place of Hindu worshipper, Jeenmata Temple is believed to be 1000 years old. Located near a hill, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Jeenmata ( Goddess of Power) and draws visitors to pay prayers and seek blessings.

On the occasion of Navratri, the place gets most visitors and gets beautifully adorned with flowers and lights. There is another temple located nearby, known as Harsh Bhairav Nath and dedicated to the brother of Goddess Jeenmata.

Location: Shree Jeen Mata Ji Mandir, Sikar, Rajasthan 332705.
Timing: 4:00 am to 10:00 pm.

6. Khatu Shyam Ji Mandir: A
 revered Hindu temple in Sikar, it is also of significant historic importance. It was built in 1027 AD under the guidance of King Roop Singh Chauhan.

The temple is artistically designed and amuses its visitors with its marvellous architecture, stunning holy ponds and Shyam Garden. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple also organises annual Khatu Shyamji Fair that is held between February and March and celebrates religion in various forms of dance, art and music.

Location: Shri Khatu Shyam Baba Temple, Khatu Shyam Mandir committee, Sikar, Rajasthan 332705.
Winter Season:
- 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Summer Season:
- 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

7. Fatehpur: 
A small and serene town in Sikar district, Fatehpur boasts of its Shekhawati elegance and allure. It is located between Jaipur and Bikaner and houses several ancient temples, Grand Havelis, and stunning Bawdies (water bodies), which make the town centre of attraction for tourists and history buffs.

The Fatehpur Fort, Qureshi Farm, Nadine Le Prince Cultural Centre, Saraf Haveli, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Sitaram Kedia Ki Haveli, and Jagannath Singhania Haveli are a few masterpieces of the city that highlights the Rajasthani architecture and stunning frescos designs.

Location: Fatehpur, Sikar, Rajasthan 332301.

What are the best things to do in Sikar?

1. Sightseeing: Sikar is a charming and historical place with plenty of attractions like Forts, Havelis, Bawdies, and much more. The most entertaining thing while being on a trip to Sikar involves some exploration and lots of excitement.

Some of the famous heritage places that must be on the top of your bucket list include Laxmangarh Fort, Fatehpur Fort, and Ganeshwar excavation sites. These not only attract history buffs but amuse visitors with remarkable architectures, impressive interiors, and serene surroundings.

Location: Sikar, Rajasthan.

2. Offer prayers at ancient temples: With a number of ancient and revered holy shrines located in the region, Sikar proves to be a perfect place to enjoy spirituality and seek blessings of Hindu Gods.

Khatu Shyam Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, while Jeenmata Temple is built to get blessings of Goddess Jeen Mata, and Harshnath temple is a famous Shiva Temple. All these temples are ancient and carry historical significance too. The architecture of the temples is appealing and surroundings are a lot more mesmerizing.

Location: Sikar, Rajasthan.
Timings: 4:00 am to 1:00 pm in morning and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in evening.

3. Shopping: No trip is termed complete without doing some shopping, and Sikar is no exception. It offers a range of handicrafts, locally-made wood items, spices, clothes, and much more, that you can buy for yourself or take it as a souvenir to gift your loved ones.

Some of the popular shopping places to satisfy the shopaholic in you include Fatehpur Gate Bazar, Road Market, Jaria Bazar, etc., where you can find small shops, haats, or even posh malls in Sikar.

4. Enjoy local delicacies and drinks: Sikar is a foodie's paradise with a range of mouth-watering delicacies that signify rich Rajasthani cuisine. Starting from the main course, dessert, snacks, and street foods, Sikar’s food culture is unique in itself and boasts of its rich heritage, wealth and prosperity.

Food prepared is rich in taste and very healthy as it is prepared using milk and locally grown berries. Tasting these local specialities also adds more stars to the trip and makes it more pleasurable and delightful. Daal-Baati-Churma, Rajasthani Ker-Sangri-Kumatia are vegetarian specialities, while Laal - Maas and Khud - Khargosh are loved by non-vegetarians. Besides, Ghevar and Mawa Kachori satisfy sweet cravings.

5. Taking part in Desert or Camel Safari: If you want to endure real Rajastahni's taste, then camel safari, desert safari or dune bashing like activities are perfect to enjoy remarkable experience and scenery.

These allow you to enjoy exquisite and beautiful views of the desert, soak in the beauty of a sunset, camp in the sprawling desert, and enjoy authentic Rajasthani cuisine right under the sparkling stars. Do take part in any of these thrilling activities that are available near Sikar at places like Bikaner and Jaisalmer and make some memories to cherish forever.

Why is Sikar famous?

Sikar is a small and beautiful town in Rajasthan and signifies 'Padharo Mhare Desh' hospitality of the state. It is popularly known for its rich heritage, Rajputana style architecture, ancient forts, grand Havelis, revered temples, rich cuisine, and serene surroundings.

How to reach Sikar?

Sikar is easily accessible from all major cities like Bikaner, Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi, etc. It is approx. 128 km from Jaipur International Airport which gets daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, and many Indian cities as well as Dubai, Sharjah, and Muscat like international destinations. You can easily reach the city via road by driving your car or by bus or a hired cab.

What is the best time to visit Sikar?

Winter season is considered to be the best time to visit this Rajasthan's city, Sikar. October till February months (winter season) offer the best and pleasant time to visit the city and indulge in exploration, excursion, or thrilling activities. As the city experiences very hot summers with the temperature getting as high as 50-degree Celsius and summers are not so great for exploration.

How far is Sikar from Jaipur?

The road distance between Sikar and Jaipur is approx. 114 km which can be easily covered in about 2 hours.

How can I reach Sikar from Jaipur?

Sikar is easily accessible from Jaipur with a number of transport services available like state transport buses, private buses, cabs, taxis, and rental cars. You can book any of the means as per your convenience and liking and reach Sikar without any hassle.

What to buy in Sikar?

Sikar is a shopper's paradise and offers a diverse range of locally made or produced items that you should buy while on a trip of the city, and these are:

- Handicrafts
- Wooden items
- Clothes
- Local spices
- Lac bangles

You can do your souvenir shopping either from small shops, or in posh malls and the variety is unlimited and extraordinary.

What are the famous temples to visit in Sikar?

1. Khatu Shyamji Temple: Famous as a revered Hindu shrine, this temple belongs to Lord Krishna. Its surrounding beauty, Shyam Kund, Shyam Bagchi, and Gouri Shankar temple are other highlights that add stars to its attraction.

2. Gopinathji Temple: Located in the heart of Sikar city, this temple boasts of its fine architecture, murals and wall paintings. A multitude of Hindu devotees come here to pray and get blessings of almighty God and love the ambience.

3. Jeen Mata Mandir: Dedicated to Goddess Jeenmata, this is one of the ancient temples in Sikar and offers pristine surroundings. The place is visited by devotees from across the world who strongly believe that praying here could remove obstacles from their life.

4. Harsh Nath Temple: Atop a hill, this beautiful Lord Shiva Temple speaks about its grandeur and charisma. The temple offers stunning panoramic views of the city and lets you enjoy spirituality amid the serene environment.

What are the best places to stay in Sikar?

1. Hotel Park Avenue & Resorts: Convenient location, luxe living, and warm hospitality are the highlights of this hotel that promises a comfortable stay and complete relaxation. It features well-equipped rooms, restaurant, bar, pool, kid's zone and much more that make it ideal to stay with family or friends.

2. Castle Khandela: A heritage property, this offers an once-in-a-lifetime experience with its grandeur and opulence. It proves to be a great retreat to enjoy luxuries and comfort amid nature. It features rooms for every budget and suits every traveller's needs.

3. Roop Niwas Kothi: Complete with facilities like swimming pool, restaurant, backup generator, medical service, travel counter, and 26 well-equipped rooms, the stay at this hotel is refreshing and relaxing. Its convenient location also adds to its highlights as travel and transfer is hassle-free.

4. Radhey Ki Haveli: With a palatial architect, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, comfortable rooms, artistic decor, and much more, the stay at this Haveli is not only blissful but leaves you with unforgettable memories.

What are the best forts in Sikar?

1. Laxmangarh Fort: Built by King Laxman Singh in 1862, this grand fort is a masterpiece of excellent architecture and presents picturesque frescoes and grandeur. Depicting the opulence of Shekhawati royalty, it is now private property while tourists can visit Lord Hanuman Temple located on the premises.

2. Devgarh Fort: Situated at a distance of 10 km from Sikar, this royal property was constructed during Rao Raja Devi Singh rule in 1787. It also exhibits rich Rajasthani architecture and style and is a lavish property to enjoy a peaceful stay away from the city's hectic life.

3. Danta Ramgarh Fort: Known for its brilliant architecture, the Danta Ramgarh Fort is one of the best places to see Rajasthani's art, design and grandeur. Set on the Sikar- Jaipur road, this fort is a heritage property built by Guman Singh Ladkhani in 1733. It features the stunning views of the city and provides multiple opportunities to capture the best shots.

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