Shekhawati is a semi-arid region with a great significance in the history of India. The region is bounded by the regions of Bikaner in the northwest, Haryana in the northeast, Mewat on the east, Dhundhar on the southeast, Ajmer on the south, and the region of Marwar on the southwest. Spread across a total area of 13,784 square kilometers, Shekhawati is known for its painted havelis decorated with dazzling murals. The inhabitants of the region are brave, sacrificing and hard-working. The region of Shekhawati is named after the Rao Shekha Ji-the Rajput Kachwaha chieftain. The Shekhawats were the descendants of the chieftain who ruled on the land after him. The dialect of Shekhawati is spoken all over the state.
According to the Hindu mythology, Shekhawat was once a part of Virata kingdom, where the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharat spent a year of their exile. It was at the end of the 18th century that an overland caravan trade route was developed between Pali and Bhiwani. It was the exorbitant taxes of the state of Jaipur, and Bikaner that the trading community-the Banias turned towards Shekhawati owing to its low taxes. It was after the arrival of the Britishers that the local merchants worked with them to improve trade. And, while the traders out on far outposts of the colonial empire, they built the famous havelis of Shekhawati for their families back home. Most of the havelis in Shekhawati were built during the 18th century and early 20th century. Influenced by the Jaipur, Mughal and Persian school of paintings, the frescoes at Shekhawati depicts hunting, mythology, and everyday life.
|Delhi 177 Kms.||Agra 194 Kms.||Ajmer 269 Kms.|
|Alwar 17 Kms.||Bharatpur 140 Kms.||Jaipur 141 Kms.|
|Jaisalmer 677 Kms.||Jodhpur 465 Kms.||Mt. Abu 627 Kms|
|Ranthambhore 203 Kms.|
A part of Shekhawati, Dundlod is basically a small town in the Jhunjhunu district which is known for the forts and havelis of 18th century. It is much recognized for the Fort constructed by Rawal King in the 16th century, called as Dundlod Fort which serves as one of the key attractions in the region. Influenced by the Rajputana and Mughal style of architecture, the fort features flowers & foliage, mythological paintings, archaic furniture, and minarets. The fort has established itself as a famous heritage featuring opulent rooms, mouth-watering delicacies served in the most royal way, and numerous activities lined up for its visitors.
The Sri Bihariji Temple is a famous temple at Shekhawati founded in the year 1775. The Sri Bihariji Temple worships Lord Krishna as the prime deity. The famous temple is adorned with lovely murals, and painted walls covered with splendid paintings from the epic Ramayana. The Sri Bihariji Temple worships Lord Krishna as the prime deity.
Bagar is a famous town in the region of Shekhawati, known for its beautiful painted havelis. The town attracts a lot of attention much owing to its numerous attractions including the Durgah of Miya Saheb, White Gate, the Havelis of Piramal Makharia and Rungtas, and Fatehsagar Water Tank etc.,