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About Nawalgarh

Nawalgarh is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Indian state Rajasthan. It is part of the Shekhawati region and is midway between Jhunjhunu and Sikar. It is 30 km from Sikar and 39 km from Jhunjhunu. Nawalgarh is well-known for its fresco and havelis and is considered as Golden City of Rajasthan. Nawalgarh was surrounded by a wall and four gates allowing entry to the village. It is also the motherland of some great business families of India. As of 2011 India census, Nawalgarh had a population of 95,346. Nawalgarh is located at 27.85°N 75.27°E. It has an average elevation of 379 metres (1243 feet).

History of Nawalgarh

Thakur Nawal Singh Ji Bahadur (Shekhawat) founded Nawalgarh in 1737 AD at the village site of Rohili, before abolition of Jagirs in Rajasthan. Many great business families of marwari community have their origins from Nawalgarh. Nawalgarh was atazimi thikana of Bhojraj Ji Ka sept of Shekhawat in Shekhawati. Nawalgarh was encircled by the high Parkota (walls) which consists of four Pols (gates) in different directions, namely Agoona Darwaja, Bawadi Darwaja (in north), Nansa Darwaja and Mandi Darwaja. Each gate has iron doors. Bala Kila Fort is situated in the center of the Thikana, and Fatehgarh Fort is situated outside the Parkota as an Outpost. The market place of the town and layout of the havelis signify that the original city was well-planned before construction. Nawalgarh was considered to be the most modern towns of Shekhawati. The Rulers of Nawalgarh belong to the Shekhawat sub-clan (Bhojraj Ji Ka September) of Kachwaha Dynasty of the earlier Jaipur Princely State.

Tourist Attractions in Nawalgarh

Roop Niwas Palace
It is about 1 km from the Nawalgarh fort, it is the salubrious Roop Niwas Palace. It was founded by Thakur Roop Singh Ji and Rawal Madan Singh Ji. The palace is enthralling with a well-laid garden and fountains. It has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

Hem Raj Kulwal Haveli and Khedwal Bhavan
Hem Raj Kulwal Haveli and Khedwal Bhavan are two buildings which are close by and are still lived in. They are about ten minutes distance from the Aath Havellis. These havelis are famous for portraits, pictures and mirror work.

Nawalgarh Fort (Bala Kila Fort)
Bala Quila was founded in 1737 by Thakur Nawal Singh with a single room in a mahal called Sheesh Mahal bearing old paintings etc. This room is behind a sweet shop. This room has excellent mirror work. It was used by maharani for dressing. Towards west of this building is a group of six Havellis called Aath Havellis. The plan was to come up with eight Havellis but only six were built yet the whole group was named Aath which means eight in English. Murarka haveli is well preserved and can be seen right opposite.

Dr Ramnath A Poddar Haveli Museum
It is a newly restored building. One can shoot pictures here. There are restored paintings of past. Frescos are quite noticeable here. There is a room with various paintings form different styles. Other one has dolls in varied costumes.

Ganga Mai Temple
Ganga Mai Temple was founded 1868. Devotes worship in this temple day and night.

Anandi Lal Podar Haveli
This haveli was founded in 1920s, it houses a school, but has many fine paintings. It is the only haveli in the whole Shekhawati, which has been restored by its owner.

Sheesh Mahal
It is an amazing building with a ceiling mural that includes maps of Nawalgarh and Jaipur.

Laxshmi Nrisingh Mandir
It was built by Thakur Udai Singh in 1869

Fatehgarh Fort
It was built by Thakur Nawal Singh and his descendants.

Shri Gopinath Ji Mandir
It was built by Thakur Nawal Singh.

The Bazaar of Nawalgarh
The bazaar is amazingly colourful, with the largest number of havelis, showcasing the most beautiful frescoes.

Temples of Nawalgarh

• Shri Kalyan Ji Mandir
• Shri Surya Temple
• Lakshmi Narayan Mandir (Built by Thakur Udai Singh in 1869 V.S.)
• Shri Gopinath Ji Mandir (Built by Thakur Nawal Singh)
• Shri Bawari Wala Balaji (Mandir) Bawari gate, (Built by Atma Ram Sharma in 17-10-1972)
• Shri Narsingh Bhagwan Mandir
• Shri Hanumangarh Balaji Mandir
• Shri Balaji Mandir (Built by Shree Ramchandra Seva Dham Trust)
• Mahamaya Temple
• Shri Shanishar Mandir
• Gangamai Temple
• Shri Ramdev Ji Mandir (Famous temple of God Ramdevji)
• Shri Shiv Mandir
• Shri Ganesh Mandir

The Havelis of Nawalgarh

Nawalgarh world famous for its Havelis is situated in Rajasthan the North Western state of India, Sharing border with Pakistan to its West. Nawalgarh is part of the Shekhawati region and is located in the middle of Sikar and Jhunjhunu; 39 kilometers away from Jhunjhunu and 30 kilometers far from Sikar. The Havelis of Nawalgarh are well-known for its gracefully decorated Murals that are luminously intended and engraved. These paintings are decorated with golden and silver leaves. The Ganga Mai temple near the Nawalgarh Haveli is famous visitor’s attraction center. The Nawalgarh is also considered as Golden city of Rajasthan. Lots of tourists from all over the world visit Nawalgarh to watch these beautiful Havelis. Many great Marwari industrialist families have their ancestry from Nawalgarh. The Nawalgarh is a well planned town in Rajasthan.

Murarka haveli, Chokhani haveli and Bansidhar haveli are the other important places situated near havelis of Nawalgarh. Some well organized temples are also constructed by the other rulers in Nawalgarh town.. The Shekhawati rulers are also known for their education system. The Jhunjhunu and Sikar are the famous education centers in Rajasthan. Nawalgarh is most important teaching hub for scholars and research students.

How To Reach Nawalgarh

By Rail
There is a railway station at Nawalgarh and is well connected to the surrounding areas by train.

By Road
Jaipur is 142-kms from Nawalgarh by road.

By Air
Jaipur is the nearest airport from the town of Nawalgarh which is about 142 kms away from Nawalgarh.



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