The city of Jhalawar is located towards the southeastern side of Rajasthan. The city served as the former princely state of Jhalawar. The erstwhile ruling family of Jhalawar belonged to the Jhala Rajput Family.
Madhu Singh, a Jhala Rajput became the favorite of the Maharaja at Kota, and and in turn received an important seat, which finally became hereditary. After the death of one of the Kota Rajas, the charge of the state went to Zalim Singh- a descendant of Madhu Singh. Since then, Zalim Singh became the de facto ruler of Kota. The rule of Zalim Singh lasted for 45 years, which helped Kota earn great respect and recognition.
It was 1838 AD that the British intervention and internal rifts led to the dismembering of the state of Kota, and a new principality of Jhalawar was created for the descendants of Jhala Zalim Singh.
|Delhi 595 Kms.||Agra 468 Kms.||Ajmer 291 Kms.|
|Alwar 463 Kms.||Bharatpur 488 Kms.||Jaipur 334 Kms.|
|Jodhpur 471 Kms.||Mt. Abu 478 Kms.||Ranthambhore 230 Kms.|
Air : The nearest airport to Jhalawar is the Jaipur International Airport (187 km from Bharatpur) and Indira Gandhi International Airport (216 km from Bharatpur).
Rail :The nearest railway station to Jhalawar is the Bharatpur Junction Railway station. It is well-connected to the cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Jammu, Ahmedabad, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati.
Road :Jhalawar lies on the NH 12 and is actively connected to Kota, Bhopal, Jaipur, Ujjain, and Indore.
The Jhalawar fort, also known as Garh Palace is a famous attraction of Jhalawar. The fort currently houses the collectorate and other district office. The Fort was built by the Maharaj Rana Madan Singh and his successors. The Zenana Khas or the ‘Women’s Palace’ area within the fort is adorned with beautiful paintings, and frescoes depicting the fine Hadoti school of art examples on the walls & mirrors.
The Jhalawar Government Museum is the oldest museums in the state of Rajasthan, constructed in the year 1915 A.D. The museum showcases rare paintings, manuscripts and idols including Lakshminarayan, Vishnu, Ardhanarishvar, Krishna, Natraj and Trimurti. Situated within the fort, the government museum is also famous for its collection of sculptures, inscriptions, and coins, dating back to the 5th & 7th century.
The Bhawani Natyashala is a famous & unique theatre constructed in the year 1921 by Maharaja Bhawani Singh near the Garh Palace. The theatre was built exclusively for plays & other events. The theater has served as a popular Parsi theatre applauded for its great architectural and structure. The famous theatre features a deep stage with an underground construction that allows even horses & chariots to enter the stage. The Bhawani Natyashala has served as a vital source of entertainment in its times, and has played host to plays from Shakuntalam to Shakespeare.
The Gagron Fort built during the 8th to 14th centuries is an illustrious attraction of Jhalawar. The impressive fort is surrounded by the Ahu River and Kali Sindh River on its three sides. Near the Fort a mausoleum dedicated to a Sufi saint Mitheshah is a revered site, which plays host to an annual fair held during the month of Moharram.
The Sun Temple in the town of Jhalrapatan is an 11th-12th century temple made in honor of Lord Sun. The temple comprises a sanctum, prayer hall, and bestibule. The most significant part of the temple is its big spire. Besides honoring the sun god, the temple also enshrines some of the other gods and goddesses. The ced pillars, decorated sculptures, and beautifully painted walls makes the temple one of the magnificent religious attraction in Jhalawar. The temple complex can be accessed via three entrance doors with each one having a toran over it. The outer walls of the sanctum depict Dikpalas surya, sur-sundris, Ganesh, and other miniature figures.