| State : Rajasthan
Also Known as : Open Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan
Location : North West Rajasthan, Jaipur is 185 Km and Bikaner 230 Km from Shekhawati region, Jaipur is the nearest airport.
Temperature : Max 41 ºC, Min 29 ºC (summer); Max 30 ºC, Min 10.5 ºC (winter)
Languages : Hindi, Marwari, Rajasthani
Major Attractions : Havelis, forts & places, temples, and various towns located in this region
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Introduction of Shekhawati tours
Located in the vibrant and colorful state of Rajasthan, India, Shekhawati is the most artistic region of India and popularly described as an “Open Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan”. It plays a vital role in the boom of tourism in Rajasthan. Shekhawati region is itself one of the major attractions of Rajasthan Tourism. It is the region that houses some most important cities of Rajasthan containing some of world's most fabulous & exquisite paintings & frescos. Sh ekhawati region covers townships like Mandawa, Dundlod, Nawalgarh, Fatehpur, Sikar, Lakshmangarh and Jhunjhunu. A tour to Shekhawati region offers a glorious opportunity to see many heritage havelis, forts & palaces, and mansions which show the true Indian ambiance of the town.
Recognized as an “Open Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan”, Shekhawati region of Rajasthan also offers a mesmerizing Shekhawati Jeep Safari Tour to explore its various towns. During tours to Rajasthan, don't miss to explore the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Shekhawati is a semi-desert region of northeastern Rajasthan and located exclusively in the triangle of Delhi – Bikaner – Jaipur. The whole region is famous for its astonishingly painted havelis containing beautiful paintings and frescos on the walls. The landscape of Shekhawati is equipped with age old Havelis painted in the lively color with fabulous form of art. The region of Shekhawati is also known as “Scotland of India” because of its brave, sacrificing and painstaking people.
A date with the Past Shekhawati derives its name from the Great Rajput Kachhwaha chieftain Rao Sekha Ji and the offspring of Rao Sekha Ji are called Shekhawat. The Shekhawatis are known as a brave, sacrificing and diligent people and have contributed to the Indian Army in the first and Second World War. It has also produced the best business mind in the country like Birlas and Bajaj. The most important part of Shekhawati is the amazing painted havelis in the traditional artistic pattern.
Some major Attractions of Shekhawati
Shekhawati is known for its well decorated havelis and buildings. Chokhani Haveli and Jhunjhunwala Heavily are the two major attractions of this place.
Chokhani Haveli: The haveli is situated in Mandawa and Nawalgarh city of Shekhawati and known for the beautiful wall paintings. The inner portions of the haveli are closed for the public view but the haveli can be viewed from its outer portion that clearly depicts the traditional art forms of the place.
Jhunjhunwala Haveli: This haveli is situated in the Mandawa region and attracts tourists from entire world. The rooms of the haveli are painted in the golden colour and enriched with the famous wall paintings.
Other Attractions :
Other major attractions of this place are Nawalgarh, Mukandgarh, and Fatehpur and are known for their well designed and decorated havelis. The havelis are painted using blue, yellow, maroon, green and indigo colours. The walls of the haveli are decorated with the colourful paintings based on the mythological themes.
Festivals in Shekhawati: Shekhawati festival includes Ganesh Chaturthi, Kajli Teej, Kota Dushehra but the main festival of Shekhawati better known as ' Shekhawati Festival' is organized on 10th and 11th February every year and this is the best way to explore the place extensively. The major events of this festival are: Camel and jeep safaris, Farm visits, Rural games, Cultural programs, Haveli competitions.
Shopping in Shekhawati: In the shopping list, wall paintings always comes first and is readily available at all the shops in Shekhawati. Apart from this the handmade shoes and 'bandhani' or tie & dye articles are the two most important things to purchase.
Traveling in the Cities of Shekhawati region: Jeeps, metered auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw and tangas are some medium to traveling in the cities of Shekhawati region. Swagat Tours & Travels also offers Shekhawati Jeep Safari Tour to travel around the region of Shekhawati.
How To reach in Shekhawati City By Air : Nearest airport is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur, 150 km away from Shekhawati city, connected by frequent flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
By Rails: Jaipur is the nearest major railhead from the Shekhawati region. Many towns of Shekhawati are connected by rail to Jaipur.
By Road: Shekhawati is well connected to Jaipur, Bikaner and the major cities of Rajasthan through wide network of roads.