Places to Visit in Sekhawati

Shekhawati is a semi-arid region in north-eastern Rajasthan composed of a number of villages and townships. It includes the Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts and also some parts of Churu and Nagaur in the state. Shekhawati is rich in history and culture. It has earned the sobriquet 'open art gallery of Rajasthan' as it boasts the largest concentration of frescoes in the world. A trip to Shekhawati is incomplete if one hasn't spent time admiring the frescoes adorning its 18th century havelis. The Shekhawati frescoes are influenced by Persian, Mughal and Jaipur schools of painting and depict themes based on mythologyand hunting besides everyday life.

Tourist Places in Sekhawati


Sikar is one of the prominent districts in Shekhawati region. Some of the major tourist attractions here are Sawant Ram Chokhani Haveli, Mirijamal Kyala Haveli, Bansidhar Rathi Haveli, Sanganeria Haveli, Kedia Haveli, Radha Murli Manohar temple, Jeen Mata temple and the temple in Khatu Shyamji village. The village of Harsha in this district has an ancient Shiva temple constructed during the Chauhan period.


Churu district is known for forts and havelis constructed in traditional Rajasthani architectural style. Its exteriors are adorned with images depicting tales of local heroes. Other places to see in Churu are the Laxminarayan Chandgothia Haveli and Laxminarayanji temple, historical attractions such as Aath Kambh Chhatri and Gondia Chhatri besides Nagar Shree Museum. Some of the temples worth your visit are Raghunathji temple, Chandgothia temples, Sethani Ka Johara and Balaji temple .


Dundlod is a small town in Jhunjhunu district famous for forts and havelis belonging to 18th century. The Dundlod Fort built by Rawal King in the 16th century is a major tourist attractions. This fort has now been turned into a heritage hotel. The Jagathia and Goenka havelis, Satyanarayan temple, Diwan-i-Khas, Chokhani, Ladia and Saraf Haveli are other places to see here.


The historic town of Fatehpur was established by Kayamkhani Nawab Fateh Khan in the mid-15th century and it has several tourist attractions such as the Nand Lal Devra, Singhania Havelis, Saraogi, and the Goenka Haveli which was constructed in 1865.


The town of Nawalgarh was founded by Thakur Nawal Singh in the 18th century. The Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli, Bala Kila Fort, Chokhani Haveli, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli and Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli in the town are other prominent tourist attractions here besides Roop Niwas Palace, Ganga Mai temple and British Clock Tower.

Khetri Mahal

Khetri Mahal is located in Khetri town of Jhunjhunu district. Constructed in 1770 by the founder of Khetri, Bhopal Singh, it is a fine example of the architectural and artistic style of Shekhawati. Its elegant arches and marble pillars let maximum free flow of air throughout the building which is why it is the 'windy palace'. This monument inspired Jaipur's Sawai Pratap Singh to construct the Hawa Mahal in 1799.


Mandawa is the most outstanding place in Shekhawati's tourism map. The fort at Mandawa was built by Thakur Nawal Singh in 1755. Mandawa's castle has been converted into a hotel and is now among the top palace hotels in India where tourists visiting Shekhawati dream of staying.

Badalgarh Fort

Earlier known as Fazalgarh, Badalgarh Fort in Jhunjhunu was built by the Muslim ruler Nawab Fazal Khan in early 16th century and eventually taken over by Shardul Singhji in 1730. Situated atop a hill, the fort offers a wonderful panoramic view and takes one back in time.

Last Updated on : November 7, 2016