Shekhawati is often called the open air Art gallery of Rajasthan for its beautifully hand painted havelis doting the landscape of this colorful state. Between 1830 and 1930, Marwaris erected buildings in their homeland, Shekhawati and Marwar as evidence of their success. These buildings were called Havelis. The Marwaris commissioned artists to paint those buildings. The Havelis are noted for their frescos depicting mythological themes. The frescos include Images of Gods, Goddesses, animals, life history of Lord Rama and Krishna, profusely painted on the Havelis in this region. The region with its havelis, bazaars, temples, desert dunes and other attractions makes it a wonderful weekend getaway or one can make it part of a longer Rajasthan Itinerary.
Here are some of the towns comprising the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan
1. Mandawa 2. Jhunjhunun 3. Churu 4.Sikar 5. Alsisar 6. Ramgarh 7. Mahansar 8. Dunold 9.Mukundgarh 10. Nawalgarh
Here is how Shekhawati region can be explored from Delhi or Mumbai
1. Stay for 2n/3d driving down from Delhi ( 7 hours drive) or take a train option.
2. Combine the trip to Shekhawati with a trip to Jaipur which is just 3 hours away
3. Drive to Shekhawati from Delhi, stay for one/two nights and then on to Bikaner and Jaisalmer for your itinerary.
4. One of the beautiful converted Havelis in Shekhawati where one can stay for 2 nights and explore the region along with a detour to the Tal Chappar sanctuary known for Blackbuck deer is Malji ka Kamra at Churu, Rajasthan, located about 270 km from Delhi. Here is a small itinerary you can follow to enjoy this place in Shekhawati ( can be customised),
Route- via Bahadurgarh - Jhajjar - Charkhi Dadri - Loharu - Chirawa - Jhunjhunu - Churu. to reach in around 6-7 hours, alternate route is via Rewari.
Day 1. Leave Delhi early morning for Churu After some rest go for a Heritage walk guided tour which takes you under the skin of what is visible and gives you a complete insight into the lives and culture of Marwari community who have practically built the whole region. Understand their fabulous mansions, hear the stories behind painted frescoes and know the people behind all this legacy.
After some evening tea relax at the Haveli and retire after the Rajasthani Dinner
Day 2 After bfast venture out On safari tour, You are taken to a water reservoir that fed inhabitants, rural life, our flora and fauna, spotting deers and blackbucks. On your way back, meet local artists working with miniature wood carvings and lacquer bangles, one of the must have items for any bride in this area. Prem Sarovar is a beautiful water reservoir 8 Kms from the town. Used to harvest rain water, this is perfect for a relaxed outing amidst beautiful landscape. Occasionally you can still find deers coming to drink water from here. Custom-decorated for a sit-down lunch experience with water body in backdrop, this is blissfully calm Rajasthani dining amidst a largely barren, yet charming landscape.
After lunch and some rest one can visit the town and see number of impressive handwork activities in form of – Bandhej (Tie & Dye work), Block Printing work, Miniature Wood Carvings, Lacquer Bangles, Pottery, Silver jewellery work etc. Meet the artists and learn about their trade
Alternatively travel Just outside the town to see village life in Dhani Kadwasar. Dhani’s farm produce are much sought after in Churu’s vegetable market and known for their freshness. Rustic village experience where you will see specific farming techniques to best utilize modest water resources of region and solar energy for electricity. Take a tour, click pictures, enjoy a glass of Lassi, Chhach or a cup of Chai as you interact with family who still live joint family traditions.
Back for Dinner at the Hotel
You can also opt for sun down experience at the Dunes near by to see sunset from the Desert Dunes.
Alternatively after breakfast visit tal Chappar around 90 minutes away, Tal Chaapar is the only wildlife sanctuary in western Rajasthan and houses hundreds of blackbucks. The sanctuary area is mostly a flat area covered by grasses. It is also an excellent birding site with harriers, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, sparrow, and Little Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis and Demoiselle Cranes.
Day 3 After Breakfast spare some time to visit the neighboring towns of Ramgarh and Mahansar. Ramgarh has got some beautiful cenotaphs, a temple with most impressive glass-work in addition to frescoed havelis while Mahansar has an excellent Sone Ki Dukaan i.e. Golden haveli. Back to Delhi.
You can also add another day to your itinerary to cover both Tal Chappar and the day visit to Churu.
You can also do this itinerary by daily train to Churu,takes just 5 hours each
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