One Day Trip From Sikar

Sikar is a city located in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan state in India. This is a historical city and the administrative headquarters of the Sikar District. The main tourist attractions in Sikar are the several old Havelis, which are big houses built with Mughal-era architecture. The best places to visit in and around Sikar are the Sikar Fort, Laxmangarh Fort, Khatu Shyam Ji Temple, Raghunath Ji Temple, Jeen Mata Temple, Madan-Mohan Temple, Gopinath Ji temple, Sagarmal Sodhani Haveli, Madho Niwas Kothi, Rani Mahal, Gopinath Ji Mandir, Diwan Ji Ki Haveli, Biyani Haveli and many more.

'Madhav Sagar' pond is a significant and unique place since it was built during the great Rajputana famine of 1899 to provide employment to the people of Sikar. There are also many heritage tourist sites like Jubilee Hall, Clock Tower, Raja Laxman Singh’s Cenotaph, Raja Devi Singh’s Cenotaph & The building of Kalyan College which attract sculpture lovers. Sikar is 114km from Jaipur, 320km from Jodhpur 215km from Bikaner and 280km from Delhi.

One day Tourist Attractions From Sikar

The following are the tourist attractions which are close to Sikar:

Harsawa village A village situated in the Sikar district of Shekhawati region, in Rajasthan. Harsawa is within the Fatehpur Tehsil, 8km south from Fatehpur town along National Highway-11. Sand dunes of the Thar Desert can be seen clearly from the Harsawa village. After the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan, the last Hindu King of Delhi, in the second Battle of Tarain (1192), the Jats in his army moved to the countryside and settled down in various places in India as cultivators. First, Saharan Gotra Jats came to this place and started cultivation temporarily, but after some years they left. Then, Nehra Gotra Jats from the nearby village of Banthod migrated to this area and bagan cultivation. Harsa Nehra, one of the Nehra gotra Jats, founded the Harsawa village in 1287 AD. Other Jats who settled later than this included Dhaka gotra Jats from Datujala and Juliasar villages, Bhaskar gotra Jats from Rajas, Thori gotra Jats from Ramsisar, Dhayal gotra Jats from Fuskani, and Lamoria gotra Jats from Antroli villages.

Laxmangarh Fort
A famous ruined old fort on a hill in Laxmangarh town of Sikar district. This fort was built by Rao Raja of Sikar, Laxman Singh in 1862, who founded a village too in his own name as Laxmangarh in 1864. Laxman Singh, the Raja of Sikar, built the fort in the early 19th century after Kan Singh Saledhi besieged the prosperous town. It is located 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Sikar and the most popular building in this Laxmangarh town is its small fortress (owned by the Jhunjhunwala family) which spreads over the west side of the township. The Laxmangarh fort is the most unique piece of fort architecture in the world because the fort is built upon huge rock pieces which are scattered. Currently, the fort is private property owned by a local businessman and is restricted to the public. You can however climb up the ramp and reach a temple there open to the public. The view from this ramp is marvellous and viewing the town from this height tempts you to go further up, but a guard effectively prevents the public from entering.


Laxmangarh Fort in Sikar


Shekhawati A semi-arid historical region in northeast Rajasthan. The name 'Shekhawati' originated from the Shekhawat Rajputs. This mainly comprises of the administrative districts of Jhunjhunu and Sikar. It is bound on the east by Mewat, on the south by Ajmer, on the northeast by Haryana, on the northwest by the Jangladesh region, on the southeast by Dhundhar, and on the southwest by the Marwar region. In addition to this, some parts of the Churu and Nagur districts are also considered to be a part of the Shekawati region. The total area of the Shekhawati region is 13784 sq km and the inhabitants of Shekhawati are considered hard working, sacrificing and brave people. This region is renowned for providing the highest number of people to the Indian Army.



Shekhawati in Sikar



Sandwa A town in Churu district in the Shekhawati region. Sandwa is located on Jaipur-Bikaner Highway (SR 20). It is 405km from Delhi, 245km from Jaipur and 125km from Bikaner. The famous visitor attractions here are Shree Sitaram Gaushala, Chotina Kua and a famous Cattle Fair held every year in October. Near Sandwa is a small and beautiful town called Chhapar, which is famous for Black Bucks & Tal Chhapar Sanctuary. Sandwa is popular for the best schools & colleges in it. This place is also known for an old fort situated in the middle of the town. Sandwa is well connected by roadway with almost all major cities of Rajasthan and with the National capital, New Delhi. National Highway 11B connects it to Bikaner and Jaipur. There are also direct bus services available for Ahamdabad, Delhi, Surat, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kota, Hisaar, Bikaner, Roorkee, Ganganagar, Haridwar, Indore and many other places in India.

Jakhal A village in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India. It is said that Jakhal was founded by Salehadi Singh Shekhawat on August 9, 1732 (Sravana Shukla 1789). It is located in the district of Jhunjhunu and is approximately 20km east of Nawalgarh and 30km south of Jhunjhunu. Jakhal is situated in the semi-arid region of the Thar Desert and the surrounding area is mostly covered with sand dunes all over. Bugala, Ajari, Baragaon and Jhunjhunu are located to the north of Jakhal. Sonthali, Titanwar and Gudha Gorji ka are located to the east of Jakhal. Bhorki, Inderpura, Udaipur Shekhawati and Dhamora  are located to the south and Kari, Barwasi, Nawalgarh, Mukundgarh and Sikar are located at the west of Jakhal. A majority of its residents serve in the Indian Army. For most Jakhal residents, however, farming is the major occupation. The main crops growing during the monsoon are Bajara (Pearl Millet), Moth, and Guar. The main crops growing during the winter season are wheat, chana (chickpeas), barley and sarson (mustard oil, mustard seed).

Fatehpur A famous town of Sikar district. Fatehpur belongs to the Shekhawati region and is situated between Jaipur and Bikaner on National Highway 11. The famous attractions in Fatehpur are the grand havelis with frescos. These havelis are the main specialty of the Shekhawati region. There are also a number of bawdis here which attract tourists greatly.


Fatehpur in Sikar


Nadine Le Prince Cultural Centre A magnificient haveli purchased by the French artist Nadine Le Prince. It was built in 1802 by a wealthy traders family called Deora who were also officials at the local Maharaja's court. Since 1999, Nadine Le Prince has taken up the responsibility for the total restoration of the palace and all the frescoes. She is also working a lot towards the preservation and restoration of the heritage of havelis throughout the Shekhawati region. Her ambition is give a second life to the havelis by working with other associations.


Nadine Le Prince Cultural Centre in Sikar



The Jagannath Singhania Haveli Constructed from 1857 to 1860. Its height is 50 feet and it contains some amazing paintings of Radha and Krishna and also of British men carrying guns. This famous haveli has Naal and Nohra on either sides. It can be used as an open area for parking and also as a swimming pool since it is big enough to contain the two. The other havelis which are noteworthy here include the Harkishan Das Saraogi Haveli and Vishnunath Keria Haveli. This town is privileged with the dargahs of religious mentors, including Dargah of Hazrat Nazmudin, Temple of Do-Janti Balaji Dham (which is popular for its hand made stone bricks construction on the exterior and Lord Sun painting on the inside). It has certain workshops which specialize in creating and repairing antique furniture and other items for sale.

Nawalgarh A town in Jhunjhunu district, part of the Shekhawati region. It is situated in between Jhunjhunu and Sikar. It is 30km from Sikar and 39km from Jhunjhunu. Nawalgarh is popularly known as the Golden City of Rajasthan and is famous for its fresco and ancient havelis. Nawalgarh is also renowned for being the motherland of some of the famous business families of India.

Nawalgarh Fort (Bala Kila Fort) Built by Thakur Nawal Singh in 1737 AD. Once a grand structure, it now stands largely ruined by the modern developments. Presently, it contains two banks and some government offices.

Roop Niwas Palace A classy palace near the Nawalgarh fort. It was built by Thakur Roop Singh Ji and Rawal Madan Singh Ji and located only about one km from the Nawalgarh fort. This is an enchanting palace with a beautiful garden and fountains. This marvellous palace has now been transformed into a heritage hotel.

Pilani A small town in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It is located in the Jhunjhunu district and famous for housing a large number of educational institutions for its size. Pilani is known for its extreme climate with summer temperature rising up to 52 degree Celsius from May to July and winter temperatures falling down to sub-zero levels between December and January. Generally, the most pleasant season here is in October and March. The frequent problem in Pilani is that it suffers from  low rainfall causing continuous drought in successive years. Pilani does not have its own railways and the nearest railway stations are Chirawa railway station (16km) served by the Western Railway and situated on the Jaipur Loharu Metre Gauge section and Loharu railway station (25km) in Haryana which is served by both broad gauge and metre gauge sections. Jaipur is situated about 220km from Pilani and Delhi about 210km from Pilani and both are well connected by roadway.

Villages near Pilani Kherla is a famous village situated near Pilani. Jherli is another place near Pilani (situated 3 km from Pilani) famous for a Hindu temple there. Dulania is another nearby village situated just 10.7km from Pilani. Jherli village is another village near Pilani and it is well connected by road to Pilani. Chirawa is another village located just 15km from Pilani.

Jeenmata A village of religious importance in Sikar district. The year of its construction is not known but the sabhamandapa and pillars here look very ancient. The temple of Jeenmata was a pilgrimage site from early years and rebuilding and restoration has taken place several times. There is a popular myth which has reached people through the ages that in the village Ghanghu of Churu, King Ghangh fell in love with and married an Apsara (nymph) by agreeing to the condition that he would not visit her palace without prior intimation. Apsara gave birth to a son called Harsha and a daughter called Jeen. Then, she conceived again but as fate would have it, King Ghangh went to her palace without prior information and thus violated the solemn vow he had made to his wife.

As a result, she left the king immediately and fled away with her son Harsha and daughter Jeen. She then abandoned them at a particular place and that is where the temple presently stands, built by a Chauhan ruler. These two children here are said to have practiced a high degree of asceticism. The main followers of Jeen Mata include the Shekhawati Rajputs (Shekhawats), Great Yadavs (Ahir), Meenas and Jeengars (a warrior class of Rajasthan) along with that area's Baniyas. A huge number of Jeen Mata's followers have settled down in Kolkata in order to visit Jeen Mata temple frequently. Khatushyamji is another famous temple of the Sikar District.

Jeenmata is situated at a distance of 29km from Sikar in the south and 10km from the village Rewasa. It is surrounded by a thick forest and its actual name was Jayantimala. There is an old temple of Jeen Mata here and the sacred shrine here is widely believed to be a thousand years old. Millions of people gather at this temple for the colourful festival held yearly twice in the month of Chaitra and Ashvin during Navratri. There are many dharamshalas here to host a large number of visitors. Situated very close to this temple, on the top of the hill, lies Jeen Mata's brother Harsh Bhairav Nath's temple.

Harshnath Ancient and famous Hindu temple located 14km away from the district headquarters, Sikar. This is an ancient place famous for the ruined 10th century old Shiva temple located on the Aravali high hills. This old temple was built in a splendid architectural fashion by Singhraj the first, the erstwhile Emperor of Ajmer. The temple was originally constructed in 973 AD but was destroyed by Mugal Emperor Aurangzeb later, in 1679 AD. In 1718 AD, Rao Shivsingh built a brand new temple adjacent to the old temple by using the old temple's ruins.

Mata Mansa Devi A temple of Mansa Devi in the Sikar district of Rajasthan state in India. The temple complex is spread out in an area of 100 acres (0.40 sq km) in the Hasampur foothill area in village Hasampur, close to Neem Ka Thana and Sikar and 20 km from NH8. Kotputli is another notable Devi shrine in the area, just outside of Sikar. Mata Mansa Devi temple is one of the most important Shakti temples of North India. Plenty of devotees visit this shrine from different parts of the country and during the Navratra mela, this number especially reaches lakhs daily for all those nine auspicious festival days. History records that the present main Shri Mansa Devi temple located on the Hasampur foothills was constructed by Maharaja Mittal God of Hasampur in 965 AD. Situated at a distance of about 200 meters from the main temple is the Durga Mata Marbel Murti in Hasampur which was constructed in the year 1982 by Seth Ramavatar Muchhal, a Sikh, the erstwhile Maharaja of Hasampur. This temple initially had the patronage of the State Government of Rajasthan but after the merger of princely states into PEPSU, the Patronage of Rajasthan Government ended and the temples started becoming neglected.

Navratra Melas Navratra festival is celebrated for nine days in the mandir. Millions of devotees visit the temple yearly twice, once for the Navratra melas organised in the month of Ashvin (Shardiya, Sharad or Winter Navratra) and the other time for the Spring Navratra in the month of Chaitra by the Shrine Board. Lakhs of devotees pay obeisance during the Navratra mela and during this time, the temples remain open all through the day. These melas take place for 9 days and conclude on the 9th day. The shrine Board makes comfortable arrangements for the luxurious stay and darshan of the devotees. The board also provides Chhowldari, tented accommodation, durries, blankets, temporary toilets, temporary dispensaries, mela police post and lines. During the mela, Duty Magistrates and Nodal Officers are arranged to look after the devotees and the smooth functioning of the mela. On the 7th and 8th day of Navratras, the temples of Shrine Complex are closed for two hours at night for cleaning and maintenance of the temples. For the rest of Navratras, the temples remain open for darshan from 5am to 10pm.

The temple complex and its environment are presently taken care of by Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board (SMMDSB) Rajasthan. Due to the popularity of the temple for its mythological and historical importance and also for the sake of the lakhs of devotees thronging to the complex, Rajasthan Government by an enactment (Rajasthan Act No. 14 of 1991) named as Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Act 1991 took over the responsibility of this temple to provide for better infrastructure development, management, administration and governance of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine and its endowments including lands and buildings attached to the Shrine. A Shrine Board with Chief Minister of Rajasthan as Chairman was constituted for the Temple's management and for preserving the heritage of the region.

Khatu Shyamji A village in Sikar District containing the Khatu Shyamji temple. This Krishna temple has its name referred in the Hindu epic Mahabharata as the place where the son of Bhima, Barbareek, and Nag Kanya showcased their warrior skills. This famous Khatu Shyamji temple is built using white marble. There is a popular fair called the Khatu Shyamji Fair held in the months of February and March displaying various forms of music, dance and art. There is also an annual three-day fair held between the Phalgun Sudi Dashmi and Dwadeshi.

Ganeshwar village
Situated close to Neem ka Thana town in Sikar. The major attraction here are the hot sulphur springs and it is believed that taking a dip in the water of the springs ia a cure for skin ailments. The ruins of this village belonging to the 4,000 year old civilization were discovered in the excavation done around Ganeshwar. Baleshwar city which is close to Ganeshwar is famous for an old Shiva temple there.

The Madho Niwas Kothi Constructed by Madhav Singh. He also built the famous Victoria Diamonds Jubilee Hall. The walls of the Madho Niwas Kothi are fully decorated with beautiful golden paintings.
 
Samode An example of the glorious past. If you would like to relive the days when royalty reigned above all, take a tour through the Samode Palace and enjoy the marvellous and magnificent way in which royal palaces were built. Samode is the best relaxation spot if you would like to get away from the dull routine of life and immerse yourself in royal beauty!

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