Churu, the headquarters of the largest desert district, is a part of the frescoland of Shekhawati. A major centre for trade and commerce, Churu has marked its position among the painted towns of the Shekhawati region. The town is literally a living mural that has expressed itself on the walls of the havelis (mansions) of the rich trading classes. It is really an heirloom of the rich traditional art of Rajasthan. Founded in 1563, the town was a part of the kingdom of the Maharaja of Bikaner. It arrived at its name after a Jat chief who had established this barren town. Churu lives up to its portrayal of a desert town with dramatic sand dunes enclosing its western and southern parts. Though a town with no handicrafts to boast of, Churus offers some excellent sandalwood. Churu is also famous for its drummers, especially during the festivals of Holi and Muharram. The city STD Code is 01562.
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Bijaipur has a limited number of sightseeing options. The main attraction of the place is the Bijaipur Castle that functions as a heritage hotel now. This 16th-century castle gives you an opportunity to experience the royal lifestyle of the Rajputs. The nearby villages also draw attention of the travellers for their own reasons.
Bassi is a small village situated on the route to Bundi. One can visit the historical fort, the Hindu temples and the Kund. The Bassi wildlife sanctuary houses panthers, wild boars, antelopes, mongoose and migratory birds.
Founded in the 8th century by Bapu Rawal, Chittorgarh is one of the oldest cities in Rajasthan. The city is dominated by its fort where most of the attractions are located. The Padal Pol, Hanuman Pol, Rana Kumbha's Palace, Rana Ratan Singh's Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, and Vijay Stambha are some of the interesting sites to visit in Chittor.
About 48 km from Bundi, on the Bundi-Chittorgarh road lies Menal, the coldest town in the area. The town is famous for its ancient Shiva temples. You can also have a look at the picturesque waterfall, if you happen to visit the place after a good monsoon. Dense forests greet you on the Bundi-Chittor road.
Chittaurgarh exhibits the pride and glory of Rajasthan in the form of its various forts and monuments. It is a ruined citadel where the royal past lives in the imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chhatris. The entire city echoes with the tales of romance and valor unique to the Rajput tradition. Chittorgarh is well connected with all the major cities of India by train. The nearest airport is 90 km away in Udaipur. Bus services are also operated to reach several important destinations in and around Rajasthan. The best season to visit this very mellow place, Chittorgarh is between the months September to March.
Chittaur fort is six kilometers long and is perched on a high plateau reachable by driving through several gates. Inside the fort are the ruins of several temples and palaces; the intact ones include the impressive tower of victory, tower of fame, Meera temple and Gaumukh reservoir.For the people seriously interested in such kind of atmosphere the place is really worth spending more time.
Inside the historical Chittuargarh Fort, one big portion of the Fateh Prakash Palace was converted into a museum in 1968. It has a great collection of sculptures. Also are desplayed weapons, daggers and armoury which consists of old shields, helmets, axes, farsa, knives and soldier's uniforms. The clay models of local tribes with their traditional outfits have also been displayed in a room. The entire palatial museum has been divided in various sections like archaeology, coins, art gallery, wood crafts of Bassi village, weapons and tribal life.
The imposing 37 meter high structure was covered with exquisite sculpture of Hindu deities and depicting episodes from the two great epics- Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Bhilwara, synonymous with industries like cloth mills and stone quarries, is the headquarter of a small district of the same name in southern Rajasthan. Bhilwara itself is not very attractive and might not figure in the mainstream tourist itinerary, especially when it is surrounded by a host of more glamourous destinations like Chittaurgarh (54km), Rajsamand (87km) and Udaipur (151km). But a trip to Bhilwara is not totally unprofitable; some of the nearby places like Banera, Bijolia, Menal, Shahpura, Gangapur and Mandal do offer good surprises to one who likes to tread the off beat track.