Situated at the northern end of the Rajasthan, Shekhawati once remained the stronghold of Rajput ruler Rao Sheka. One of the best cities to visit in Rajasthan, the tourism in Shekhawati revolves around magnificent 18th century aristocratic homes (havelis) and mansions from the era gone by. The city is seventh heaven for art and architecture enthusiasts. No wonder Shekhawati is a tourist’s paradise as it offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of rich and famous Rajput rulers that ruled the lands of Rajasthan. Apart from the havelis, Shekhawati also attracts tourists for its forts, baoris and temples.
The regal city of Shekhawati is probably best known for the presence of handful of reservoirs (or Baoli) in the region. Built in 1899, Sethani ka Johara is a famous tourist place in Shekhawati that is known for not only its elegance but also for its functionality. It is easily one of the finest Baolis in Shekhawati and a popular tourist attraction. The majestic Laxmangarh Fort overlooks the city of Laxmangarh from its vantage. Built on the scattered colossal rocks, the fort is one the best specimens of fort architecture in the entire world. Ratangarh Fort is another majestic tourist destination in Shekhawati known for its colossal size and imposing gateways.
Erected in 1888, the elegant Kanhaiyalal Haveli boasts of finest lattice work and architecture in the entire Shekhawati region with walls and murals adorning paintings of a Rajasthani folk lore. Khetri Mahal located in the Jhunjhunu near Shekhawati is nicknamed ‘Wind Palace of Jhunjhunu’ even when there are no doors and windows! Fatehpur Fort, which was built in 1516, is another famous sightseeing destination in Shekhawati. Once the richest town during the 19th century, Ramgarh is renowned for its paintings, shrines, chattris and havelis with Ramgopal cenotaph and Poddar’s Haveli being famous tourist attractions.
Besides havelis and forts, some venerated temples are also present in Shekhawati. The 400-year old Rani Sati Mandir is a magnificent shrine dedicated to feminine bravery and grit. Also known as ‘Bada Mandir’, Raghunathji Mandir is a 19th century shrine in Shekhawati dedicated to Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Apart from the haveli and temples, tourists can also take leisurely walk at Churu which is home of the some of the beautiful aristocratic homes and other architectural delights. A morning or evening stroll amidst the town offers a glimpse into the rich heritage.
The Best time to visit Shekhawati is from October to March. Tourist visiting during this season can fully enjoy the visit to the historic Shekhawati region.
The Climatic condition of Shekhawati is very Harsh and extreme. The summer brings hot waves of air called loo and temperature ranges from 0°C to 50°C. During the months of July and mid September is the monsoon and it experiences a rainfall of around 450 to 600 mm. The climatic conditions of Shekhawati, Rajasthan in the winter season are cooler, but again dry. The average temperature falls in the range of 30° C (max) to 10.5° C (min) and considered to be the best time to visit Shekhawati.