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About Dundlod

Dundlod is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is situated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It is well-known for its fort andhavelis. It extends between latitude 28.06 in the north and longitude 75.20 in the east. It lies about seven kilometers north of Nawalgarh in the heart of the Shekhawati region. Dundlod is a small principality (thikana) in the Shekhawati region that is well-known for its frescoed mansions. Visit Dundlod for nostalgia, gracious hospitality and horse riding. Dundlod is located at 27.85N 75.2167E. It has an average altitude of 354 metres (1164 feet).

Dundlod is the Place to enjoy riding on Marwar horses and also to play a game of Polo. Horse safaris pass through landscape comprising of hills, open fields, forests, desert, dunes, and interesting villages. One can return in the evening to enjoy a drink under the stars and a wonderful meal and return to comfortable room, or stay at old princely heritage forts and palaces or in royal tents. The Royal Equestrian and Polo Centre is the only horse safari Centre in India to be recognized and affiliated with the Equestrian Federation of India. It has hosted Tent Pegging, National Endurance, and Indigenous Horse Shows. International Horse Show in Tent Pegging and Invitational 100 kms Endurance have also been hosted at Dundlod.

Dundlod is an excellent place to unwind, catch with a book, and get back to nature. One of the family members conducts excellent tailor-made horse safaris into the desert. These are great fun and an absolute heaven for horse lovers. The little known Marwari breed of horses are also bred at the stud farm at Dundlod and this breed is now finding its own place internationally. Easily recognized by the hooked tips of their ears, the Marwari is a tall and broadly built horse known for its endurance and stamina.

History of Dundlod

Dundlod was a thikana of Shekhawat rulers under Jaipur state. Its fort was founded in 1750 by Keshari Singh, the fifth and youngest son of a Rajput ruler Sardul Singh. Major additions were made in the early 19th century by his descendant Sheo Singh. Dundlod can be reached by road from Jaipur, Bikaner and Delhi. Members of the wealthy Goenka merchant family also settled at Dundlod and their wealth is evident in their richly fresco painted havelis here. The beautiful Chhatri of Ram Dutt Goenka and the nearby well were both built by Ram Chandra Goenka in 1888.

Places to visit in Dundlod

Bhagirath Mal Goenka Haveli
Bhagirath Mal Goenka Haveli is a fine example mirror work on the windows of the upper walls of the inner courtyard. Prominent are delicately preserved paintings mostly in round frames.

Satyanarayan Temple
Satyanarayan Temple is worth a visit place in Dundlod which was founded by the Goenka family. On the walls of the temple there is a huge wall painting with modern trappings showing British men and women on bicycles and cars, it also shows a long train and has a background of telegraph wires. A painting under the roof in the upper space shows a dignified in leisure either smelling flowers or reading books. Another painting shows a turbaned man holding a bird while yet another reveals a woman admiring herself in the mirror.

Chhatri of Ram Dutt Goenka
Chhatri of Ram Dutt Goenka lies close to the fort, the chhatri has an adjacent well. Built in 1888, the dome has floral designs with banners extending from the centre. The dome is surrounded by wall painting showing Krishna dancing with his gopis, scattered with peacocks and musicians. The paintings around the inner base show war panorama of Mahabharata.

Dundlod Fort
Dundlod fort is a blend of the Mughal and Rajput art and architecture. The Diwan- e- Khas (Hall of private audience) has stained glass windows, an impressive library and fine antiques. The zenana quarters are on the 1st floor featuring beautiful decors and furniture. The fort is converted into a cozy and comfortable abode. The dress code of the state and grand hospitality with the horse guards are an attractive factor.

Lalchandji Goenka Haveli
The haveli of Lalchandji Goenka is also a place of historical importance.

How to Reach Dundlod

By Rail
The nearest railway station from Dundlod is Mukundgarh which has regular local trains linked with the cities like Bikaner and Jaipur.

By Road
One can take public transport of roadways from all nearby cities including Alwar, Jaipur and even from Delhi to reach Dundlod. However, the private vehicle i.e. car or other small vehicle is also preferable for the tour of this place.

By Air
Jaipur is the nearest airport from Dundlod.



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