Places to Visit in Shekhawati: The Land of Havelis

Have you ever thought about time travel through architecture? Enter Shekhawati, a place where the walls themselves tell tales of the past. Let's take a virtual trip through this historical marvel, discovering shekhawati havelis, art from centuries ago, temples telling tales of religion and much more

Churu: The Colourful Canvas

This will be the perfect kick-off to your day. Dive into Sethani Ka Johara, one of the must-visit places to visit in Shekhawati, a stepped well, rocking intricate carvings. Built in 1899, this beauty is an architectural gem for collecting rainwater. Then there's the Kanhaiyalal Bagla Haveli, boasting mind-blowing murals and stunning architecture. Oh, and don't skip the Aath Khambh Chhatri – an eight-pillared cenotaph flaunting the region's artistry.

Old building in Rajasthan with stunning architecture
A busy market area

Sikar: Buzzing Markets and Havelis

Next stop, Sikar. Walk the lively lanes and visit the Ram Chokhani Haveli, Bansidhar Rathi Haveli and Mirijamal Kyala Haveli – architectural stunners with detailed carvings. Dive into the local culture with folk dance or explore the vibrant bazaars. In the Shekhawati region, tourism is considered an important part of the economy, so don't forget to get your hands on some souvenirs, which will support local artists and give you a memory for life.

Mandawa: Living Art Museum

Mandawa is a living museum where every haveli is a masterpiece. Check out the mythological scenes in the frescos of Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, depicting the tales of Ramayana. In Shekhawati, tourist places are abundant, but this one is sure to give you goosebumps. You will feel lost in the maze-like lanes, uncovering hidden gems and soaking in the magnificent art.

An old haveli in Mandawa
A haveli in Shekhawati with wall paintings

Nawalgarh: Art Haven

Art lovers, Nawalgarh is your haven. Podar Haveli, where paintings and artefacts from the Mughal Era are preserved and the Chokhani Haveli are a visual treat. The Aath Haveli complex is a unique blend of eight havelis around a central courtyard. 

Fatehpur: Historical Charm

Discover Fatehpur, the cultural capital of Shekhawati, drenched in history and cultural vibes. The fort gives you panoramic views of the surrounding beauty. Immerse yourself in the intricate architecture and check out the Fatehpur Museum, a treasure trove of artefacts. Dwarkadheesh Mandir and Fatehchandka Haveli are must-visits.

Design of a haveli window back then in Rajasthan
The tomb of a temple in Rajasthan

There are more places to visit in Shekhawati! Others include hidden treasures like Mukundgarh, Khetri, and Khandela - each with a unique appeal. Enjoy a jeep safari through the Thar Desert, experience camel polo, or stargaze beneath the expansive desert sky. Stray from the usual and uncover gems like Bissau, celebrated for its stunning havelis. Explore the delightful town of Mukundgarh, featuring the grand Mukundgarh Fort. Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of Khandela, where life unfolds leisurely.

After a day of exploring Shekhawati's marvels, relax in elegance at Neemrana's The Piramal Haveli - 20th Century, Shekhavati. This stunning heritage resort combines history, luxury and modern comforts. Picture yourself unwinding in a room adorned with hand-painted murals, soaking in the atmosphere of days gone by. Enjoy delicious meals crafted from fresh, local ingredients, savouring the tastes of Rajasthan. Renew yourself with a traditional spa experience.

Keep in mind that Shekhawati is more than a typical tourist spot; it's a journey through history and a celebration of art and culture, all of them in our beautiful country, serving as testimonials to our diversity. If you consider extending your trip, there's more to explore in Rajasthan. To know more, read our blog, Rajasthan itinerary for 7 days.