ITINERARY- 6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS
Jaipur encapsulates the entire Rajasthan experience: magnificent Forts and Palaces, traditional eateries, exotic jewellery, textiles and handicrafts. Very few visitors to Rajasthan add Shekhawati to their itinerary; however, a trip to the region is well worth it, this region is famous for its extraordinary painted Havelis from the 18th – 19th centuries. Shekhawati’s Havelis so fascinating is the manner in which their artists combined traditional subjects, such as mythology, religious scenes and images of the family, with contemporary concerns.
Top 8 Highlights
- City Palace, Jaipur
- JantarMantar, Jaipur
- Amer Fort, Jaipur
DAY 1- JAIPUR
After reaching Jaipur you will transfer to already booked hotel after taking some rest you can start your first day for visiting sights in the pink city. You can start your day to visit City Palace – A complex of courtyard, Gardens and buildings. Now days the Royal family of Jaipur resides in Chandra Mahal, the main place within the complex. Enter through Virendra Pol, the main gate and stop by Mubarak Mahal, which houses of a collection of royal costumes in the Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II.
There is grand Rajendra Pol, flanked by carved elephants. To see Rajput paintings and manuscripts, visit the Diwan –i-Am (hall of Public Audience). Jantar Mantar – Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar , an observatory which is the most striking instrument here is the Brihat Samrat Yantra sundial, which aids in the calculation of local and meridian time. Jantar Mantar was added to India’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Hawa Mahal – Jaipur most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink – sandstone structure with a delicately honey combined have façade that rises a dizzying five storeys. Albert Hall – The Albert Hall is the most extensive museum in Rajasthan today, spread across two floors, it displays artefacts, textiles, paintings, and weapons of various regions.
It is also a collection of pottery, crafts, scriptures and sculptures from other parts of India and the world. Evening you can visit a village Restaurant called Chokhi Dhani famous for his village culture you can have dinner with Rajasthan’s Folk music dance can enjoy your evening with magicians, Mehandi art puppets shows and many more activities.
DAY 2 – JAIPUR
Day starts by taking an extension from Jaipur visit Amer Fort-Amer Fort is the magnificent honey hued fort palace of Amer rises from a rocky mountainside about 11 kms northeast of Jaipur. You can reach up via Elephant ride, jeep ride or by a car and by walk. If you will walk or ride an Elephant up, you will enter through Suraj Pol (Sun Gate), which leads to Jaleb Chowk (the main courtyard), where returning armies would display their war booty to the populace. Jaleb Chowk leads either to the main palace, to the small Siladevi temple or to the second courtyard and the Diwan – I Am (Hall of Public Audience), with its double row of columns, each topped by a capital in the shape of elephant.
Jaigarh – A scrubby green hill – Cheelka Teela – rising above Amer is topped by the imposing fortress of Jaigarh. It has the world’s largest wheeled cannon, Jaya Vana. Nahargarh – Nahargarh overlooks the city from a sheer ridge to the north. An 8 km road winds up through the hills from Jaipur. The views are glorious – there’s a restaurant that’s perfect for a light snack at sunset. JalMahal– The palace is partially submerged in the Man Sagar Lake and only one or two storeys of the five storey building are visible above water, depending on the level of the lake. With the Aravallis (Aravali hills) in the background it makes for a great setting for photographs. Evening visits some local markets for shopping Bapu Bazaar Johri Bazaar and many more have dinner in main city very popular dinning are there. Overnight at hotel
DAY 3 – JAIPUR – NAWALGARH (150 KMS/2-3 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Nawalgarh – Founded in 1737 by Nawal Singh, this small town is in the centre of the region and makes an excellent base to explore Shekhawati. The Dr.Ramnath Poddar Havelis – is possibly one of the best kept Havelis of the region. This Haveli has 750 frescoes, some of them in 3D. Check out the series of Radha-Krishna which depicts their romance through time. Next go to Morarka Haveli – Similar to the Poddar Haveli in looks, this Haveli has some frescoes, which are not as well preserved as the Poddar Haveli, but definitely worth a quick view. Other Havelis include the Bhagton ki Choti Haveli, Hemraj Kulwal Haveli, Parasurampura Haveli and Hiralal Sarawgi Haveli. The entire round of Haveli’s will take 2 Hrs. overnight in Nawalgarh
DAY 4 – NAWALGARH –DUNDLOD-MANDAWA (50KMS/1 HR)
After Breakfast drive to Dundlod– Dundlod is a pint – sized town. The market – with its tiny stalls and local wearing traditional attire sitting around – looks straight out of a folktale book. Check out the Seth Arjun Das Goenka Haveli – which was built in 1875, is well preserved and showcases the 150 year old lifestyle of the trader community of the region. From basic household utensils to a posh ice cream maker imported from Sweden etc. The collection at this Haveli museum – turned – museum is impressive.
Than depart to Mandawa – The best known town in Shekhawati, Mandawa could be used as the base from where you visit the rest of the region. Local Guides take visitors around for hour long heritage walks that include trips to the fresco-painted Havelis & the tiny market. The Sneh Ram Ladia Haveli – was built in the1900s, is the best maintained Havelis of Mandawa.
Also visit Jhunjhunwala Golden Painted Haveli- Local lore has it that 3 kg gold was used to paint the Krishna Lila fresco in one of its rooms. The Haveli gets its name from this fresco. Also stop by the 18th century well and Chhatri that belongs to Haralalka family and shows the talent of engineers of that era. The well has been designed in such a way that water drawn from it automatically gets stored in four different tanks from which people of different casts could draw their water. Overnight at Mandawa.
DAY 5 –MANDAWA – JHUNJHUNU – ALSISAR (50KMS/1 HR)
After breakfast drive to Jhunjhunu – Start with Rani Sati Temple- for which the town is best known, the 400 year old temple complex is spread across a few and towering temple in white marble inscribed with paintings. Turn then to Khetri Mahal-The beauty of this palace is that it has no doors or windows and air flows freely throughout the building at all times.
Then drive towards Alsisar– The little village, located 20 Km from Jhunjhunu, is unspoilt and upholds the serenity and romance that Rajasthan stands for. So, if you are in the mood for a quiet holiday, Alsisar is the place for you. Take a walk around the village to see some wonderful fresco painted Havelis, as well as Chhatris and wells. A new Rani Sati Temple has been built here to deflect the crowd at the main temple in Jhunjhunu. Overnight at Alsisar.
DAY 6 –ALSISAR – MAHANSAR – FATEHPUR – JAIPUR (160 KMS/3 HR)
After breakfast drive to Mahansar- This region is famous for its Sone Ki Dukaan. This shop was once owned by Seth Harkanth Raiji Poddar, a rich merchant and is still in excellent shape. The bright red background of the walls brings to life impressive frescoes. The best among them is the series of paintings depicting the Krishna Lila. Fatehpur– Fatehpur is well worth featuring in your itinerary if only for a visit to the Nadine Le Prince Haveli.
French artist Nadine le Prince has taken over this 1802 Haveli and transformed it into a modern art and culture centre, despite the restoration you can enjoy some of the original wood carvings & the gold fresco paint on the ceiling. There is also an Art café here great for a quick bite. Other Havelis in Fatehpur, such as the Goenka and Deora Havelis, and the LaxmiNath Temple are also well worth a visit. Then transfer to Jaipur Overnight at hotel.