15 Places to Visit in Shekhawati 2020, Tourist Places & Attractions
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Shekhawati Tourist Places

Alsisar, Mandawa City, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Jhunjunu, Bissau, Mahansar, Sikar, Mukudgarh, Khetri, Khandela, Bagar, Pilani.

A cultural paradise and a travellers haven, the Shekhawati tourist places will surely make you fall in love with their beauty and culture. Exhibiting the brilliance of Rajasthani craftsmanship, the places like Nawalgarh, Jhunjhunu and Sikar are dotted with many brilliant fortresses, havelis and palaces. The charisma of the past and the imprints of beautiful architecture can still be seen in these locations loaded with paintings, carvings and lifesize statues.

While some are famous for their heritage sites, other locations of Shekhawati are known for their religious importance and attract flocks of tourists towards it. Visiting the Khatu Shyam Ji Temple and enjoying the fair of Jagannath Temple in Fatehpur are considered to be the best things to do in Shekhawati.

Some sites like the Raj Kumar Ganeriwala Kala Kendra and Dr. Ramnath A. Podar Haveli Museum not only lets you experience real Rajasthan but also provides you a chance to sneak a peek into the past and experience the great culture of the bygone era.

Here is a list of places to visit in Shekhawati:

01

Alsisar

Alsisar
Located in the north western part of Jhunjhunu, Alsisar is a small town famous for half desert and half greenland. The town actually has desert on its one side and lush green fields on the other.

Finding its name in the list of some of the most famous Shekhawati tourist places, Alsisar is home to various heritage sites and palaces which have been exhibiting the brilliance of ancient Rajasthani architecture.

Best Time: The best time to visit here is between the months of October to May when it receives cold weather.

Attractions: Morarka Haveli, Sethani Ka Johara, KUKU fun zone, Aath Havelis, Dr. Ramnath A. Podar Haveli Museum.
02

Mandawa

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Mandawa is a small town in the state of Rajasthan and lies in the Shekhawati region. It lies approximately 190 kilometers away from the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, and approximately 240 kilometers from the National Capital, New Delhi. The town was essentially occupied by traders in the late 18th and the early 19th Century, which has now been transformed into a tourist attraction due to its beautiful history.

The town of Mandawa is also known as the open-air art gallery due to the numerous architecturally and artistically beautiful historical structures in the town. Most of the Havelis of Mandawa are famous for their paintings, murals, and various other beautiful artifacts. This amazing town is a must-visit for all the history, architecture, as well as art lovers out there.

The major attractions of the city are its iconic Havelis, most of which have now been restored into Heritage Hotels. Some of the Havelis that you can not miss out on your visit to Mandawa include the Murmuria Haveli, Chokhani Double Haveli, and the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli. Some other beautiful attractions of Mandawa are the Harlalka Well, Saraf Haveli, and the Bansidhar Newatia Haveli.

There are a whole lot of amazing and exciting activities in Mandawa that a tourist can indulge in. The first and foremost thing that one needs to do is take a walking tour of the historical lanes of this small town and explore its ancient palatial residences, some of which have been restored, whereas, others still remain unattended. Tourists can also try out making a wish at the Harlalka Well, which is believed to come true by the local residents.

The city experiences hot and dry weather, which does not make it comfortable to be visited during the summers or monsoons. The best time to visit this art hub is during the winter season that starts from the months of October and stretches till March.

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Nawalgarh

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Nawalgarh, a small town that is also known as the “land of the Havelis”, is located in the Jhunjhunu district in the state of Rajasthan, a short distance away from Jaipur. It is an important part of the famous Shekhawati region and is the perfect place to check out the many Shekhawati frescoes and artworks that adorn the walls of the town of Nawalgarh. It is located at a distance of 39 km from Jhunjhuna and can also be accessed from Sikar, which is 30 km away.

While the natural beauty of Nawalgarh City is quite sparse, it is a town that is abounding in natural beauty in terms of its scenic buildings and structures and the colourful artwork that surrounds you. The town itself is surrounded by accessible hills and forests, which make for the ideal places to go hiking and exploring.The main attraction of the town of Nawalgarh is, of course, its many stunning Havelis and buildings that have been built with care and ingenuity, that reflect the artistic nature of its inhabitants. In fact, the whole town is referred to as an open-air gallery because you are surrounded by paintings, frescoes, inlay work and other beautiful forms of art that have been depicted on the walls of the Havelis.

One of the best activities you can enjoy when you are here includes walking through the secluded lanes of Nawalgarh, exploring the Havelis and their majestic courtyards, and hearing the many interesting stories about their pasts.Nawalgarh experiences extreme weather conditions throughout the year. The summers are scorching when the temperature during the day rises to 45 degrees Celsius. Winters are the best time to visit this town when the temperatures range from 6 to 24 degrees Celsius.

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04

Dundlod

Dundlod
The small town of Dundlod is located in Jhunjhunu and is famous for offering Marwari horse back riding trails. The town is loaded with scenic tracks on which you can enjoy this activity and comprises various resorts where you can stay on the course of your trip. In addition to this, you will also find various small shops here selling pickles and handmade snacks which attract loads of tourists.

Best Time: The best time to plan a trip here are the winter months which are from October to April when you can enjoy hassle free sightseeing tours.

Attractions: Dundlod Fort, Satyanarayan Temple, Jagathia Haveli, Tuganran Goenka Haveli, Badalgarh Fort.
05

Fatehpur

Fatehpur
Located in the Sikar district of Rajasthan, Fatehpur is a small town and home to many big wonders. Famous for its intrinsic architecture, this place has been inviting tourists to visit  from all over the world.

Not only its beauty, but the stories related to its monuments have also attracted flocks of visitors. Finding its name in some of the best Shekhawati tourist places, Fatehpur is home to various beautiful havelis exhibiting marvels of architecture and age old temples rooted in culture and heritage.

Best Time: The best time to visit Fatehpur is around Shivaratri when the temples here experience fair and carnival like surroundings and in the winters, October to May.

Attractions: Nandine Cultural Centre, Dholi Sati Dadi Mandir, Balaji Dham, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Jagannath Singhania Haveli.
06

Ramgarh

Ramgarh
Grand forts and exquisite havelis are what define Ramgarh at its best. The place falls in the list of top Shekhawati tourist places and has been attracting loads of tourists towards its beautiful architecture.

Ramgarh is most famous for the Khatu Shyamji Temple which has been a very famous pilgrimage for Hindus and Krishna followers. In addition to this, the Jamwa Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuary here is also a very famous spot to enjoy safaris and marvel at wild animals resting in their natural habitat.

Best Time: November to February when the town receives cold climate which is favourable for sightseeing tours.

Attractions: Jamwa Ramgarh wildlife sanctuary, Khatu Shyamji temple, Rani Palace, Madhav Sagar.
07

Jhunjhunu

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Jhunjhunu is a beautiful city in Rajasthan known as the copper and textile producing district in India. Brimming with major attractions for sightseeing and is conveniently accessible through public or private transportation. This city is located in the Shekhawati region and is known for the gorgeous murals and frescoes on the walls of the havelis located here.

The unspoilt beauty of this city is something worth witnessing as it possesses some of the most magnificent and glorious architectures known in the history of Rajasthan. Encapsulated with historical monuments and splendid architectures, Jhunjhunu is worth witnessing and exploring.

There are numerous attractions in Jhunjhunu and it is quite famous for some of the temples located here. Rani Sati Temple here is a blend of history and beauty and is an epitome of the femnine valour. Khetri Mahal and Aath Havelis are also two of the most significant attractions here known for their remarkable architectures, huge corridors and royal finesse. Apart from these, Khemi Sati Temple, Kamruddin Shah Dargah are some of the attractions worth witnessing.

With a wider range of things to do in Jhunjhunu, the best are the sightseeing tours. Visiting Sone Chandi Ki Haveli or Badalgarh Fort will enlighten you with plenty of intriguing insights from the past. You can also go shopping in Jhunjhunu as there are various famous markets to shop handicrafts, local jewellery, tie and dye sarees and so much more. Not only this, you cannot afford to miss out on the experience of staying in a fort or a palace while in this enchanting and royal city.

The weather of Jhunjhunu is the most pleasant during the months of October to March as the blazing heat of the summer has passed and the winters are approaching during this time. The weather remains pleasing letting you witness the attractions and explore the city at your pace. You can escape the sweltering summers and enjoy your vacation in good weather.

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Mahansar

Mahansar
Mahansar is a small village among the famous Shekhawati tourist places. Housing some of the most sacred temples, this village is a go to spot for various locals of Rajasthan. The village lies in the middle of vast sandy tracks and provides people a chance to enjoy a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Famous for homemade liquor, the locals of this village run various such chains including Dhola Maru and Kesar Kastoori. Whoever visits this village makes sure that they shop for these handmade and pure drinks.

Best Time: The best time to enjoy a vacation inMahansar are the months of winter, i.e, October to April.

Attractions: Ragunath Mandir, Sone ki Dukan Haveli.
09

Sikar

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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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Mukudgarh

Mukudgarh
If looking for some  things to do in Shekhawati then make sure you opt for a session og shopping in Mukundgarh. Famous for iron and brass items, the markets here are loaded with numerous souvenirs to take back home. In addition to all this, Mukundgarh is also famous for serving some of the tastiest authentic Rajasthani dishes specially made using traditional methods and recipes.

Best Time: Visit here around the months of October to March to enjoy the best weather.

Attractions: Fort William Haveli, Ghuwale Walon ki, Gopi Nath Temple, Gopal Mandir, Ganga Bux Saraf Haveli, Raj Kumar Ganeriwala Kala Kendra.
11

Khetri

Khetri
A combination of two locations, Khetri is surely a place worth visiting. Having that old world charm where people are friendly, surroundings are clean, food is nutritious and life is beautiful, visiting here is considered to be one of the must things to do in Shekhawati. The place falls in many backpackers bucket list due to its serenity and historical monuments. From famous temples to humongous forts, here you will find a variety of locations to visit.

Best Time: The best time to enjoy a vacation in Khetri is in winter months, i,e, October to March.

Attractions: Khetri Fort, Birla Museum, Doshi Hill, Shri Rani Sati Dadi Temple, Morarka Haveli.
12

Khandela

Khandela
Khandela is a small, beautiful and ancient town in Sikar District known for its heritage stays and stunning ancient architecture. Ruled by various dynasties, the stories of them can still be found in the paintings, sculptures and wall carvings. What makes this place unique is that even after staying off the grid and away from the hustle and bustle of the city lives, the location is loaded with top notch services including WiFi and air conditioning.

Best Time: The best time to visit Khandela are the winter months, November through March.

Attractions: Raghunath Fort, Jai Karani Mata Mandir, Reengus fort.
13

Bagar

Bagar
Famous for its heritage havelis, the small town of Bagar is home to many big wonders. If thinking about some of the best things to do in Shekhawati then make sure you plan a visit to the Havelis of Bagar to marvel at the spellbinding architecture and beautiful craftsmanship. Exhibiting various wonderful paintings and sculptures, the havelis here are loaded with abundant history and serene backdrops perfect for your pictures.

Best Time: The best time to enjoy a trip here is around the end of peak season which are the winter months so as to enjoy sightseeing without any crowd.

Attractions: Sethani ka Johara, The Piramal Haveli, Rungta Haveli, Morolia Haveli Bagar, Khator Haveli.
14

Pilani

Pilani
Located in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan, Pilani is a small town which became famous for housing a very prestigious institution - BITS pilani.

In addition to this, this town is also famous for housing some of the oldest schools since the Indian Independence. The town also houses a 20th century temple, known for its beautiful architecture. Visiting this Sharda Temple is considered to be one of the best things to do in Shekhawati.

Best Time: The best time to visit Pilani is when the weather is pleasant, i.e., October to March.

Attractions: BITS Pilani, Sharda Temple, Shiva Ganga, Panchvati, Birla Science Museum.
15

Bissau

Bissau is a small town which falls in the list of some of the best Shekhawati tourist places. The eye catching buildings and forts here provide various scenic spots to use as a backdrop for your pictures.

Famous for handmade clay pottery, here you can shop for various clay items starting from decor items to daily use kitchenette. The town of Bissau is also a home to an ancient Shiva temple and every year around the time of Maha Shivaratri thousands of devotees gather here to seek blessings.

Best Time: In the month of february around Mahashivaratri and in winters, October to May.

Attractions: Bissau Fort, Raj ki Chhatri, Temple of Venkat Bihari Ji, Barfani Baba Mandir, Budhia Mahadev Mandir.
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  1. Which are the best Shekhawati tourist places to visit with family?

    1. Jhunjhunu: One of the famous Shekhawati tourist places, Jhunjhunu is famous for housing heritage havelis and providing opportunities to tourists to enjoy authentic Rajasthani lifestyle.

    2. Sikar: Sikar is a small historic town home to many big havelis and forts. Famous for its authentic resorts, the town attracts loads of tourists from all over the world to spend some time in its cultural vibes.

    3. Mahansar: The town of Mahansar is very popular for its havelis and the authentic dishes. The town has preserved age old recipes and the food in the restaurants here is prepared using the same recipes.
  2. What are the best things to do in Shekhawati?

    1. Camel Safari: Visiting Rajasthan and not enjoying a camel safari is never done as it is one of the very famous things to do in Shekhawati.

    2. Food Tours: The towns in Shekhawati are known for their intrinsic architecture and tasteful food trails. Offering you a chance to enjoy authentic dishes, these towns are loaded with small shops and restaurants serving Rajasthani dishes.

    3. Camping: The surroundings of towns like Jhunjhunu are famous for offering various beautiful spots where you can set up your tent and enjoy a delightful camping experience with your loved ones.
  3. How far is Jhunjhunu from Sikar?

    The distance between Sikar is around 70 KM and it will take you around 1 to 2 hours to cover the distance between both the places. Buses ply on hourly basis from both the locations, thus you can easily avail transportation services here.
  4. Which are the best forts to visit in Shekhawati?

    1. Sone Chandi Ki Haveli: Located in the close vicinity of Jhunjhunu city, this fort stays true to its name and exhibits a beautiful interior carved in silver and gold.

    2. Dundlod Fort: Built back in the 20th century, this fort exhibits the marvels of ancient craftsmanship and provides the visitors with some eye-catching glimpses of carving and paintings on its walls.

    3. Mandawa Fort: Famous for the mirror work and beautiful arches, the Mandawa Fort is a very famous spot in Rajasthan. The interior of this fort is decorated with wall sized paintings which were handmade by the royals.

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