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A Rendezvous With Shekhawati ?
Ritco ToursShekhawati in Rajasthan is a semi-desert region with colorful fantasy, uniquely of its own. Popularly known as the open air art gallery, Shekhawati is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditions of this region. Shekhawati’s magnificent havelis or mansions, built by rich merchants of the region, display a unique architectural style that evolved around the courtyards to ensure safety and privacy of the women and protection from the heat of the long and harsh summers.
Shekhawati or the land of Shekhs, derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433 A.D.-1488 A.D. ) a section of the Kachhwaha family of Jaipur.

Things You Can Do in Shekhawati ?
» Sightseeing : Go for sightseeing, as Shekhawati has some rare sites which are difficult to find elsewhere. The magnificent forts, the medieval town, the picture perfect locations, finest frescoes and dozens of exquisitely painted havelis, all are worth visiting.

» Shopping : Shekhawati is well- known for low-legged Shekhawati chair. One can also look forward to buy wood carvings, metal utensils, made-as-old furniture, and tie-dye fabrics.

» Eating Out : As far as eating out is concerned Shekhawati is not the best choice. The restaurants or the food in Shekhawati, is not outstanding. Most restaurants serve banal Mughalised fare. If you are looking for authentic Rajasthani cuisine, you will have to make a special request to the cook. Some well-known places, where you can enjoy a variety of food are, Castle Mandawa, Desert Resort, Piramal Haveli, Niwas Palace, Apni Dhani and Dera Dundlod Qila.

Sightseeing in Shekhawati ?
» Lachhmangarh Fort : One of the most imposing forts in the Shekhawati region, Lachhmangarh commands a bird’s eye view of the town modeled to resemble the city plan of Jaipur. Founded in the early 19th century by Raja Lachhman Singh of Sikar, the town has some lovely havelis.

» Mandawa : Founded in the 18th century, this medieval fort dominates the town with a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. The Chokhani and Ladia havelis and the street with Saraf havelis are some of the splendid examples of this region’s havelis. A shiva temple with a rock crystal lingam is also worth a visit. The fort is now converted into a heritage hotel.

» Nawalgarh : Founded in the 18th century it has the finest of Shekhawati’s frescoes. Its two old forts and palace hotel, with garden and fountains along with a host of temples known for their architecture and frescoes add interest to the town. The prominent havelis are of the Poddars, Bhagats and Dangaichs.

» Alsisar and Malsisar : Founded in the late and mid 18th centuries respectively, these towns lie at the northern edge of Shekhawati. The angular style of frescoes in various colours make the trip to these town a memorable one. Beside the fort in Alsisar, the Jhunjhunuwala havelis and a well complex are other interesting structures. The fort, temples and havelis along the main street are also worth a visit.

Excursions From Shekhawati ?
Ritco ToursShekhawati, also known as open-air-gallery, has some wonderfully painted havelis and it lends its colors to the nearby areas also, like, Dundlod, Fatehgarh, Jhunjhunu, Lakshmangarh, Ramgarh, Sikar. Dundlod is situated around 30 south-east of Mandawa, having havelis such as Jathia Haveli, and Tuganram Goenka Haveli. Another famous attraction here is the Satyanarayan Temple. Fatehpur, established in 1451 as the capital of the Muslim Nawabs has some attractions like, the Mahavir Prasad Goenka Haveli, the Gauri Shankar Haveli, the Nand Lal Devra Haveli, the Harikrishnan Das Sarogi Haveli, and a 17th-century baoli or step-well.

Most Ideal Time to Visit Shekhawati ?
Similar to the desert states, the climate in Shekhawati also is very hot. The average maximum temperature in summers shoots up to 42.2 while minimum is 28.7. In winters the average maximum temperature reaches up to 30 degrees and minimum goes down to 10 degrees. The best time to visit Shekhawati in Rajasthan, is between October and March.

Getting There ?
» By Air : The nearest airport is Sanganert airport at Jaipur, connected daily to all the metros. Shekhawati is situated nearby Delhi, the capital city of India. Hence, Delhi airport could be the most convenient base for the air travelers. There is no availability of flights or trains to Shekhawati. One can reach Shekhawati from Delhi through Jhunjhunu via Rewari and Chirawa. Some towns like Jhunjhunu, Mukundgarh -Dandlod, Nawalgarh, Sikar are connected to Delhi and Jaipur by rail with a daily service of Shekhawati express.

» By Rail : The Shekhawati region is served by several stations. Jhunjhunu, Dundlod-Mukundgarh and Nawalgarh are the best rail heads for Mandawa and its surrounding areas. The Shekhawati Express runs daily between Delhi and Jaipur stopping at Jhunjhunu, Mukundgarh and Sikar. Jaipur-Loharu Express connects Delhi and state capital Jaipur respectively to all three stations.

» By Road : Traveling through the Shekhawati region is best done by road. Regular bus services link most of the towns with Sikar and Jaipur. Good roads connect Shekhawati to almost all the major towns of Rajasthan. Delhi makes an excellent base to visit Shekhawati and most parts of it can be approached within six hours of driving.

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.

Anchoring in Shekhawati ?
Ritco ToursShekhawati, the land of magnificent frescoes and wall paintings, is a small region but highly attention catching. It has some exquisite forts, temples, cenotaphs, havelis and palaces, which are unique and intriguing. Shekhawati also carries the charm and liveliness of Rajasthan, along with its culture and tradition, to which people of Rajasthan are highly sensitive. If the tourists have some prior knowledge about the place befrore the journey then it can enable them a better understanding of the place. By respecting the local population and its lifestyle during your stay in Shekhawati, you will contribute to preserving its authenticity, while greatly enhancing your own experience.

To reach Shekhawati you can take a bus, taxi or a private vehicle from Jaipur airport or any other part of Rajasthan. In order to forget the hassles book with us. We provide quite a good number of vehicles that offer personalized services, helping you to enjoy the tour to the utmost.

Accommodations ?
Shekhawati has plenty of accommodation facilities that ranges from luxury to budget. The heritagge hotels of the place are the major attractions. One can arrange accommodation at Jaipur as it is nearby and hotels are easily available.
Hotels in Shekhawati
Hotel Castle Mandawa
The Desert Resort

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