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Jhalawar Jhalawar, Rajasthan
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Jhalawar is a city in southeastern Rajasthan. It was the capital of the former princely state of Jhalawar, and now is the administrative headquarters of Jhalawar District, Rajasthan.

Jhalawar, an erstwhile kingdom with a splendid past is famous for its palaces, temples and natural bounty. Just a few km away from town, there is Jhalarapatan, teeming with old temples and havellis, and with even older ruins. Further up a few more kilometers, there is the Gagron fort ruled by different dynasties over 1300 years. And there are numerous ancient Hindu temples, Buddhist cave temples and Viharas, and sculptures strewn around in forest….for you to chance upon and be amazed at the craft finesse and architecture – a treasure trove. Jhalawar is a lush green hillock-dotted region, which receives good rains and bursts into huge ponds and lakes during the monsoon.

This area of south Rajasthan was part of the history and fortunes of Malwa Plateau (ruled from Ujjain and Mandu, now in Madhya Pradesh) from the time of the Mauryas and eventually became the part of the Kota kingdom. An able Jhala rajput, Zalim Singh, went on to become a powerful minister at Kota and developed good relations with British empire. The state of Jhalawar was created in 1838 out of parts of Kota kingdom because of treaty between the British and the Zalim Singh’s descendants. It was called Jhalawar, owning to their ancestors, who were the Jhalas, hailing from Kathiawar.

Jhalawar, like the other districts and cities of Rajasthan, is also speckled with several tourist hotspots, ranging from fortresses, museum, theatre and shrines among a host of others. The lovely Jhalawar is also the site of several colorful and vibrant festivities.

 Orientation

The infrastructure development of Jhalawar district has not yet kept pace with the richness of its offerings. The town is small enough to hardly take a day of your time. But there are places around which might require you to extend you stay plan for a week at least for this region.

 

The best of Jhalawar’s treasures are locked up and can only be accessed after much of your persistence and patience. The Garh Palace – a grandeur defining citadel, the original residence of the royal family will astonish you with its variety of art forms and the portrayals, one can also walk through and see the splendid Sheesh Mahal. Garh palace houses the very interesting Bhawani Ntya Shala an opera-house style theatre built by Bhawani Singh, the king responsible for the creation of modern Jhalawar. This was once a vibrant centre for staging the works of Kalidas and Shakespeare. Rain Basera, another of royal family’s residence warrants a visit to know a sad anecdote attached to it.

 

‘Jhalarapatan’ translated as ‘the City of Temple Bells’, locally called patan, was the camping site for the founder of Jhalawar kingdom, Zalim singh. The river side township overlaps the city of Chandravati, said to have been founded by Parmar rulers. Rajasthan’s chronicler James Tod counted 108 temples here. Patan is a walled settlement that you enter through a formal doorway and are immediately gifted with the stillness and charm of a bygone era.

 

For some exciting moments one can always stroll or drive down to the site of the Chandramouli Mahadev temple, next to the Chandrabhaga River. The temple complex holds the remains of many 7th – 14th century shrines. In early mornings or dusk, the quite river, the shrines and temples, the richly carved pillars, and the abundance of heart-stopping art bathe themselves in a golden glow to provide a wonderful opportunity to click some of the amazing photographs of your lifetime.

 

An excursion to Gagron fort is worth paying a visit as the huge fort is located at the junction of the Ahu and Kali Sindh Rivers that protects it from three sides. The fort provides spectacular views from many vantage points, especially from the burj at the very end.

 

Adinath Jain temples at Chandkheri, near Khanpur, is approached through a scenic route that meanders past soyabean and maize fields and ponds and lakes, all punctured by Kali sindh and Ahu and Ujad rivers. Held scared by Digambar Jain devotees, the temple’s tranquil sanctum sanctorum features a stunning, larger-than-life stone statue of the first Jain Tirthankara Adinath.

 

Few visitors to Rajasthan are aware of the existence of the antique Buddhist monastic caves in the Kolvi and Vinayaka hillocks in Jhalawar district. The drive to these hillocks, en route to Dag, gives one a splendid introduction to Jhalawar’s pretty countryside, which is a mosaic of fields and water bodies.

Jhalawar registers huge footfalls during the occasion of the Chandrabhaga Fair. It is also famous as the Kartik Fair. Besides, people from all across the country throng to the Gangaur festival, the Kaleshwar Mahadev Fair, which brings Jhalawar to life.

Once the realm of Jhalas, it is a shopaholic's haven. Cane handicrafts, icons of Jhalarapatan etched out in stone are the much sought after collector's items of the region.

 Getting there

Location

In southeast of Rajasthan bordering Madhya Pradesh.

Distances

85 km southeast of Kota, 334 km southeast of Jaipur.

 Fast Facts
Name Jhalawar Best Time To Visit October to March
Location Jhalawar   Rajasthan   West   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Historical town
Temperature Summar   35-40ş      Winter   5-10ş      Rainy   30-35ş
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