A part of the Jhunjhunu district of the state of Rajasthan, Nawalgarh is a town belonging to the Shekhawati region. This town is fondly given the name “the land of havelis”. This town was founded in the year 1674 AD by Maharaja Nawal Singh, hence the name Nawalgarh. If one were to see its market place and the layout of the havelis, it can be easily deduced that this was a very well planned city even in those times. In fact, back in time, this town was considered to be the most modern town of Shekhawati region. It was home to several Marwari business families. When the businessmen from this place set out in search of a potential market for their businesses in other established cities of India, they made sure to send back their hard earned money to their hometown. As and when their businesses flourished, they spent a handsome amount on building magnificent havelis and plush palaces, by hiring local artisans, in order to show off their culture and wealth. This is the reason for the town’s current architectural wealth. The rulers of Nawalgarh belonged to the sub clan of Songara community.
The town of Nawalgarh has a lot to offer to its tourists and visitors. The most visited places in this region are :
The Sheesh Mahal – Sheesh means glass in Hindi and it wouldn’t be tough to guess that this mahal is a mahal of glass i.e. mirrors.
Morarka Haveli – This is one of the most visited destination of Nawalgarh. No changes have been done to this palace and it stands proud in its original form. It is most appreciated for its carvings and fresco work. It is advised to take along a guide so as to listen to the interesting tales this place has to tell about its history and culture.
The Poddar Haveli – This mahal is relatively new and was built about 90 years ago. The walls on this mahal speak through frescos and are extremely colourful. This havelis after being restored, has been turned into a museum and is open to tourists.
Roop Niwas Palace – It is said that the Thakur of Nawalgarh resided here. It was constructed by Thakur Roop Singh Ji and Rawal Madan Singh Ji. It sees a fascinating blend of the Rajput and European architectural styles. This place has now been converted into a lavish hotel where people come to stay.
An authentic Rajasthani Thali including Crème de la crème delicacies would complete your journey.
Nawalgarh also acts as a base to visit other nearby places of tourist interest, like Mandawa, Sikar and Jhunjhunu. Nawalgarh being a small town, majorly of tourist attraction has narrow roads, hence the best way to traverse through the town would be on two wheelers. With two wheelers available for rent from various bike rental shops nearby, this is no headache today. We at Wheelstreet provide motorcycles on hire from nearby destinations like Jaipur and Delhi. With a couple of clicks and minimum documentation, you can now avail a bike on rent from a variety of options to enjoy this ride hassle free.