Romance of the Desert
The Heritage Rajasthan
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The Heritage Rajasthan
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|Sikar is an ancient city in Rajasthan, one of the two districts comprising the famous Sekhawati region referred to as the “Open Air Art Gallery”. It is a city of great artistic and historical significance famous for its frescoe-pained havelis and striking for its massive walls that encloses it.
It was founded sometime in the 15th century by Rao Shekha but many trace its foundation to 1724 as it went through massive expansion under the reign of Sheo Singh, son of Shekhawat Rajput Daulat Singh. It was the richest 'thikana' (Feudal State) under Jaipur. Today, it is the second most developed city in the state after the Rajasthan capital city. It is also the administrative headquarters of Sikar District. It is 114 km away from Jaipur, 320 km from Jodhpur, 240 km from Bikaner and 315 km from Delhi.
The city has plenty of historical structure that will catch your eye such as the clock tower, Jubilee Hall, Fort and mural temples not to forget the beautifully painted Biyani havelis, Sagarmal Sodhani Haveli, Madho Niwas-Kothi, the Madan Mohan house with beautiful frescoes and a bustling large market.
Lachhmangarh Fort: A hilltop Fort built by Rao Raja Laxman Singhji the then Raja of Sikar. It is one of the most imposing forts in the Shekhawati region. The view of the town from here is amazing.
Ganeshware: A highly revered spot about 15 kms away. It is also a famous picnic spot due to its hot sulphur springs. Archaeologically significant too as excavations here have unearthed the remains of a 4000 year old civilization. Close by is Baleshwar with the old Harshnath Shiva temple surrounded by a garden and a pond.
Jeenmata: This place is famous for the ancient temple dedicated to Jeen Mata (Goddess of Power).
Khatu Shyamji: About 65 kms away, this village is famous for Shyamji Temple built in marble. It has a pond where many come to take a holy dip.
Rambagh: There are plenty to see here such as the Shani Temple with intricate frescoes, cenotaphs with beautiful carved ceilings, Ganga Temple and beautiful havelis. It was founded in the late 18th century by the Poddars.
Sakambhari: This town enclosed by hills is indeed a beauty but it is also famous for its 7th century temple dedicated to Sankari Mata.
Harsh Nath Temple (11 kms): Perched on a hill, this ancient temple is worth visiting. It goes back to the 10th century and is a great architectural marvel.
Jeen Mata Temple (29 kms): A must see during the 'Navaratras' when it comes alive with colours, sounds and people coming for the fair. It dates back at least a thousand years.