REALM OF FRESCOES
Located 30-km south-east of Fatehpur, founded in 1737 AD, by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior-statesman, whose name is enshrined in history and folklore, Nawalgarh boasts of some of the finest frescoes in the Shekhawati region. The town exudes an old world charm and the colourful bazaar has the largest number of painted havelis in Shekhawati. The fort, now a little disfigured, is yet worthy of attention. There are numerous havelis worth seeing.
Prominent among them are the Aath (eight) Haveli Complex, Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli, and Hotel Roop Niwas Palace. The havelis still bear witness to the rich and prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. The stone walls, split by four gateways, were erected to encircle the town.
FORTS AND PALACES
Nawalgarh Fort: The main building in this town is the fort, founded in 1737 AD but today it stands largely disfigured by the modern accretions. Now it houses two banks and a few government offices.
Roop Niwas Palace: About one km from the fort is the salubrious Roop Niwas Palace. The palace is enchanting with a well-laid garden and fountains. It has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli: This haveli, built in the 1920s, houses a school, but has many fine paintings. It is the only haveli in the whole Shekhawati, which has been restored by its owner.
The Aath Haveli Complex: The complex consisting of the eight havelis is worth a visit.
Sheesh Mahal: It is an astounding building with a ceiling mural that includes maps of Nawalgarh and Jaipur. Murarka Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli, Gangamai Temple are also important sites that one cannot afford to miss.
The Bazaar: The bazaar is amazingly colourful, with the largest number of havelis, showcasing the most beautiful frescoes.
Dundlod: Its a tiny village around 8-km from Nawalgarh. Its fort, now converted into a hotel, dates back to 1750 AD. The attractions include Goenka Haveli, Jagathia Haveli and Satyanarayan Temple. more...
Mandawa: This 18th century town predominated by the fort and the rugged hills, is notable for the Chokhani, Ladia, and Saraf Haveli.
Mukundgarh: Built around a temple square, this town is famous for brass and iron accessories.
Air: Jaipur is the
nearest airport, 142-km away.
Rail: There is a railway station at Nawalgarh and is well connected to the surrounding areas by train.
Road: Jaipur is 142-kms from Nawalgarh by road.
Local Transport: Jeeps and auto rickshaws are availabe for within the city commutation.
Apani Dhani or Eco-Farm is situated on the west side of the
main Jaipur Road and is best for those who look for a traditional style
stay. There are several budget hotels also available for those with
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