The princely state of the Jhalas, Jhalawar was created in 1838
A.D., after being separated from Kota by the British. Remarkable
contributions from various rulers including Zalim Singh I made it
a culturally rich state. Lying in the south-eastern region of Rajasthan
at the edge of the Malwa plateau, Jhalawar has rocky but water-laden
landscape, unlike much of Rajasthan. With some exquisite pre-historic
cave paintings, massive forts, thickly wooded forests and exotic
wildlife variety. Jhalawar boasts of rich historic as well as natural
wealth. One can spot countless species of birds as one drives past
the lush countryside. Red poppy fields and orange laden orchards
make the countryside all the more fascinating and colourful during
winters. The area around Bhawani Mandi is known for contributing
a major share to the production of citrus in the country.
Jhalawar Fort (Garh Palace)
The impressive fort in the centre of the town presently houses the
collectorate and other district office. Some exquisite paintings
and mirrors on the walls of zanana khas are of particular
interest. Permission to see these painting can be obtained from
the offices located here.
One of the oldest museums of Rajasthan established in 1915 A.D.,
it has a fine collection of paintings, rare manusripts, idols and
beautiful statues of Lakshminarayan.Vishnu, Krishna, Ardhanarishvar,
Natraj and Trimurti.
The impressive fort, built over several centuries ( 8th to 14th
centuries A.D) stands witness to many great battles and is surrounded
by the tranquil waters of the ahu and kali sindh rivers on the three
sides. A beautiful mausoleum of a sufi saint Mitheshah just outside
the fort is the venue for an annual colorful fair held during the
month of moharram.
Buddhist Caves and Stupas
The ancient Buddhist caves located in the village kolvi. A colossal
figure of buddha and the carved stupas are the most impressive structures
in the caves.
Rain Basera (6KM)
A picturesque wooden cottage on the banks of the Kishan sagar pond,
it is as idyllic haunt for picnickers.The cottage was originally
built elsewhere and later transported to the present location .Amazingly,
it still retains much the original design.
The small town is popularly referred to as the city of bells
an entire township resides within the confines of a wall, that was
built to protect the trade caravans as patan was the junction of
caravan routes.A magnificent 10th century Surya Temple (Padam Nath
Temple ) is the major attraction of the city. The temple has some
splendid sculptures as well as, well preserved idols of surya.
On the banks of the magnificent Chandrabhaga river stand some splendid
7th century A.D. temples the intricately carved pillars and arched
gateways are fine examples of the temple architecture and craftsmanship.
The 11th century A.D. Shantinath jain temple is also noteworthy
with fine murals and exquisite sculptures.
Kakuni lies in baran District. Some ancient temples dot the ruins
of this old township. A life- size idol of Lord Ganesha and a Shiva
Lingam dating back to the 8th century A.D. are the impressive structures.Ruins
of the Bhimgarh Fort, built by Raja Bhim Deo, lie on the other side
of the Parvan River and are worth a visit.
Bhimsagar (24 km)
The dam built on the Uajad river is near the erstwhile capital of
Khichi Chauhan rulers. Bhimsagar allows a glimpse of the Rajput
and Mughal architecture in the ruins of palaces , temples and mosques.
Atishey Jain Temple, Chandkheri (35 km)
This 17th century temple is a notable example of temple architecture.
It also has religious value having Adinath statue, 6 feet tall,
in a sitting position. Accommodation and meals are available at
reasonable prices in the temple area.
The ancient ruins of impressive temples extend over an area of 2
km. Marvellously carved pillars, torans and exquisite sculptures
make these temples interesting. Dolhanpur lies on the bank of River
Chhappi, where an irrigation dam is being constructed. Dense forests
with lush foliage add to the natural beauty of the spot.
Jhalawar has no airport ot its own. The nearest airport is Kota,
lying some 87 km away.
The place is well connected with Bundi, Kota and Jaipur. Infact
NH12 passes through Jhalawar.
The nearest rail head is Ramganj Mandi, at a distance of 25 Km.
It is on the main Delhi Mumbai line. However, not all trains stop
here. To reach here, Dehradun Express and Frontier Mail, which have
stops here, should be opted for.
Jhalawar is a relatively small town and easy enough to get around
on foot, but there are plenty of auto - ricjshaws, cycles - rickshaws
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