Shekhawati is in Rajasthan, India. The towns of the Shekhawati region are known for their painted havelis. This region has been recognised as the "open art gallery of Rajasthan," having the largest concentration of frescoes in the world. Most of the buildings of the Shekhawati region were constructed during 18th century to early 20th century. During the British occupation, traders adapted this style for their new buildings. The havelis are noted for their frescoes depicting mythological and historical themes. The frescos include images of gods, goddesses, animals, life history of Lords Rama and Krishna, profusely painted on the havelis in this region, both the exteriors and interiors.
Some of the havelis have been restored and converted to hotels, offering a unique experience for the traveler.
Khatushyamji - Very famous temple of Barbarik grand-son of Bhim (one of five pandavas).
Mahansar - a village of Shekhawati region. It was founded in 1768 by the Thakurs of one of the branch of Shekhawats. It is located in Jhunjhunu district at a distance of 40 km from Jhunjhunu near the trifurcation of Jhujhunu, Churu and Sikar districts. It is known for the Sone-Chandi ki Dukan dating from 1846. It incorporates gold leaf in its intricate paintings. This haveli has three vaulted ceilings; scenes from the Ramayana are painted on the left one, incarnations of Vishnu on the centre one, and scenes from the life of Krishna are to be found on the right one. Mahansar region is very well known for its famous heritage liquor, it will not be a hyperbole to say that it is the region of Rajasthan that has kept the traditional brewing system in India alive.
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Salasar Balaji - Very famous temple of Lord Hanuman is here. Clean, comfortable and reasonably priced (100 to 800 Rs/day) dharamshalas are available.
People here understand and speak Hindi very well. Being a tourist spot, people can understand simple words of English too.
Marwari is the spoken language; officially, it is considered a dialect of Hindi. Some of the common phrases are :
'Thaaro naam kay hey?" What is your name
Mhaaro naam ______ hey My name is _______
There are direct buses from Delhi to Shekhawati. Buses in Delhi can be taken from ISBT (Kashmiri Gate), Sarai Kale Khan or Dhaula Kuan.
All Shekhawati cities (Sikar, Churu & Jhunjhunu) in spite of being small cities, have good connectivity to many cities. There are many frequent buses to Jaipur & Delhi.
If you are game for something fiery hot and spicy, try one of the elegantly explosive "lahsun ki kachori" (fried dumplings with garlic sauce). Traditional meals include "dal baatti churma" which is a mix of lentil curry served with roasted salty dough dumplings and also a sweet (churma). This is not very fiery, and should be suitable for uninitiated palates.