About the City
Shekhawati is recognised as an "Open Air Art Gallery Of Rajasthan
with an amazingly painted havelis. The landscape of Shekhawati is equipped
with century old Havelis painted in the vibrant colour with excellent form
of art. The region is popularly known as "Scotland of India
because of its brave, sacrificing and hard working people.
A Date with the Past
Shekhawati derives its name from the Great rajput Kachhwaha chieftain Rao Sekha Ji and the descedents of Rao Sekha Ji is called Shekhawat. This is a semi desert region of northeastern Rajasthan and situated entirely in the triangle of Delhi-Bikaner-Jaipur. The Shekhawatis are known as a brave, sacrificing and hard working 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.
Must See in Shekhawati
Shekhawati is known for its well decorated havelis and buildings. Chokhani Haveli and Jhunjhunwala Haveli 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
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 major attractions of this place are Nawalgarh, Mukandgarh, 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 Dussehra but the main festival of Shekhawati better known as ' Shekhawati Festival' is organised 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 programmes, 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 tye & dye articles are the two most important things to purchase.
Best Month To Visit
September to March is the best season to visit this place.
Travelling In The City
Jeeps, un metered auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaws and tongas can be used to travel around the city.
How To Get There:
Nearest airport is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur, 150 kms
away from Shekhawati city, connected by frequent flights to Delhi, Mumbai,
Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
Jaipur is the nearest major railhead from the Shekhawati
region. Many towns of Shekhawati are connected by rail to Jaipur.
Shekhawati is well connected to Jaipur, Bikaner and
the major cities of Rajasthan through wide network of roads.
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