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1The Many Colours of Rajasthan in Paheli!
The Many Colours of Rajasthan in Paheli!

If you’re looking for the perfect showcase of everything Rajasthani, Paheli is where the buck stops. One of the most low profile movies of Shah Rukh Khan, Paheli has a color palette that speaks and tells you volumes about the diversity of Rajasthan.

From the stunning Chand Baori and the camel race, to the colourful houses of the Shekhawati region and the vibrant puppet shows, Paheli is a glorious showcase of Rajasthan's beauty!

HolidayIQ reviewer Sunil says, “The places Mandawa and Nawalgarh in the Shekhawati belt of Rajasthan are quite popular for their old world havelis. Most of the owners got settled in other parts of Rajasthan and hence their typical havelis were soon or later got converted/renovated into hotels.”  


Read more at 6 Bollywood Locations in Rajasthan That Are Absolutely Irresistible

2Shekhawati Festival
Shekhawati Festival

If you want to get a glimpse of the vibrant colours of Rajasthan, then the Shekhawati Festival is the best place to be. The Shekhawati festival gives one the unique opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle of Rajasthan at close quarters. Centred in Nawalgarh, the Shekhawati Festival is truly a celebration of the vibrant spirit and culture of Rajasthan. A detailed tour of the havelis, forts and temples of the region is the highlight of the festival.

When: February 4-7, 2016
Where: Shekhawati


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Pilani is a small town in the Shekhawati region, which is famous for the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. Major tourist attractions in this town are the BITS Museum, Saraswati Temple, Shiva Ganga Canal, Pachwati, Birla Talab, Saraogi Haveli and Dada Haveli.

Read more at 10 University Towns in India That Have A Lot More Than Gorgeous Campuses!

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Quaint experience

We went for a festival organized by Shruti Poddar Foundation for restoration of Havelis and general upliftment of the town ramgarh. We stayed in a haveli converted into a hotel by Sanjay Candlewick ... Ramgarh Fresco ... Very quaint and interesting with all regular modern facilities ... Masala chai was very good. The manager Raghvender Ji was a very knowledgeable person who gave us very interesting stories about Ramgarh. Among the must see sightseeing ... The chattris" are very interesting ... 150-200 years old ... Shruti Poddar an amazing woman had organized a baithak. At the Chattri. Classical Indian music Rajasthani folk music ... Setting sun ... Just beautiful and soulful.
Rota Jalebi ... Taste of a regular jalebi but made uniquely by boondis bound together in a ring ... Ghewar. Kachori ... And the super tasty Rajasthani food at the haveli of Shruti Poddar ... Was the other highlight of our trip.
Ramgarh ... Does not have a railway station so one has to go half hour away to a town called Chiru ... To take the train back to Delhi.
A must trip for people interested in restoring old havelis ... Sounds romantic but an Herculean task to do it specially the plumbing system ...
Very unique experience

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Akhil Yedla4.3/5

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One of the finest, superset, dupperest, goodest hotel

Nice hotel I send my parents to this place very nice experience good service in hotel
Happy family can stay one of the finest hotel in Rajasthan super hotel Rajasthan is lucky
Food is good in hotel, rooms are good, parking is good in the hotel
Good hotel for family

Recommended Duration in Shekhawati

Number of days to spend in Shekhawati as recommended by our travellers.

2 days


Shekhawati Overview

Shekhawati is a desert area in Rajasthan and has tremendous historical significance for Indians. It has several references in the epic of Mahabharata and is widely believed that the ‘Vedas’, the holy text of the Hindus, was written in this part of the country. The Shekhawat Rajputs were the dominant rulers of the area and the magnificent forts and havelis of the region were built by them. In fact, the place is named after Rao Shekha, its erstwhile ruler.

Shekhawati is known as the ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan’ for its multiple forts, havelis and other historical structures. Famous among these are the Haveli Nadine Prince, Morarka Haveli Museum, Dr. Ramnath A Podar Haveli Museum, Jaganath Sanghania Haveli and the Khetri Mahal.

The Haveli Nadine Prince dates back to 1802, currently owned by a French artist who has converted it into an art gallery and cultural centre. Dr. Ramnath A Podar Haveli Museum has several galleries on Rajasthani culture, whereas the Morarka Haveli Museum has a 250 year old fort. The Khetri Mahal dates back to 1770, considered to be a very sophisticated structure with a magnificent view.

Among the famous forts of the region are Mandwa Fort, Mukundgarh Fort and Dundlord Fort. The Mandwa Fort is now a heritage hotel. The Dundlord Fort has a world famous library of European paintings. The Mukundgarh Fort is a sprawling palace spread out over an area of close to 8000 sq m replete with ancient courtyards, verandahs and balconies.

Shekhawati also has some unique mosques and a deer sanctuary that are worth a visit. It is quite common among tourists to travel locally on a camel safari in order to enjoy the desert. Many of the palaces in the region have been converted into hotels and can offer a unique hospitality experience to visitors.

There is a desert festival held every year in the month of February which attracts large crowds to see the various cultural programs held as part of the festival. Known as the Shekhawati Festival, it will be held from 12th-14th February, 2012. Jointly organised by the State Tourism Department and the District Administrations of Sikar, Churu and Jhunjhunu, Nawalgarh is the main venue of the festival.

The festival provides a glimpse into the rural lifestyle of the people of this region. Camel and jeep safaris are also part of the festivities. Rural games, haveli competitions, cultural events, farm visits and fireworks are other attractions of this festival which will be spread over four venues, viz. Nawalgarh, Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu. The main venue, Nawalgarh, is easily reachable by road and rail from Jaipur which is at a distance of 140 km.

The best time to visit Shekhawati is the winter season from November to February. Temperatures during the summer months can touch 43⁰ Celsius and since the region is a desert, the long dry spells can be rather difficult for a traveller.

The cities of Jaipur and Bikaner offer convenient travel options to Shekhawati. Local trains, buses and taxis ply frequently. Within the town, it’s a good option to hire a cab to get around. The local population constitutes mostly Rajasthanis and Marwaris, the local dialect being that of the former.

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Shekhawati, Rajasthan

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Global magic of Hawelis
Castle Mandawa, Shekhawati

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Royal Maharaja Tradition
Shekhawati, Rajasthan

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Shekhawati Haveli

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