RAJASTHAN TOURISM Places
This is a semi desert region in north Rajasthan and it is situated entirely
in the triangle between Delhi-Bikaner-Jaipur. Shekhawati is a region and
not just a town or fort; it takes its name after its ruler Rao Shekha.
Shekhawati means the garden of Shekha. The towns of Shekhawati are eminent
for their amazing painted havelis. Such is the appeal of the havelis that
this region is dubbed as "open art gallery of Rajasthan".
The plethora of painted Havelis in rich artistic tradition makes it commendable
and fascinating. Most of the buildings are dated from 18th century to
early 20th century. The Shekhawati landscape is dotted with so many havelis
that tracking them is something like a treasure hunt. Various forms of
fine art adorn the walls and the ceilings of these structures, complimenting
the otherwise flat and barren land. The havelis are noted for their frescos
depicting mythological themes and that of huge animals.
Some later day frescos shows the arrival of the British and highlighting
steam locomotives and train doubtlessly for the benefit of those members
of the household who did not travel to distance places by train or see
this newly introduced mode of transport.
Places to See
Founded in the 18th Century by Nawal Singh, it has some of the finest
frescos in the Shekhawati region. A huge fort with colourful bazaar and
numerous havelis with elaborate architecture makes it an interesting destination
for a 1day / 1 night stay. There are a few prominent havelis like Anandilal
Poddar Haveli, Aath Haveli, Hodh Raj Patodia Haveli etc., which are to
be visited, and so are the two forts and the palace hotel Roop Niwas that
is a beautiful heritage property and is renovated with modern facilities.
Once a small village is famous for being the hometown of the premier business
and industrial family the Birlas. The town is also for its The Birla Institute
of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani is an all-India Institute for
higher education. Its engineering college is reputed to be the top ten
colleges in India. .
Late Mr G.D. Birla - an eminent industrialist and an associate of Mahatma
Gandhi, founded the Institute. Other places of interest are The BITS Museum,
Shiva Ganga, Saraswati temple and the Pachwati. Pilani is connected by
bus and road from Delhi and Jaipur and the nearest railhead is Chirawa.
Pilani also has good hotel accommodations
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