How to Reach
By Air: Jhalawar is located 87 km far from Kota airport.
By Rail: Jhalawar has a newly constructed railway station. Railway station is 2 k.m. far from jhalawar.
By Road: Jhalawar town lies on Highway No. 12. Many government buses goes all district and outside. And private buses also available for travel.
The chief town of Jhalawar, also known as Patan or Jhalrapatan , was founded by Zalim Singh in 1796, by the side of an artificial lake. It was the center of trade for the eponymous princely state, the chief exports of the which were opium, oil-seeds and cotton.
An extensive ruin near the town is the site of the ancient city of Chandrawati, said to have been destroyed in the time of Aurangzeb. The finest feature of its remains is the temple of Sitaleswar Mahadeva. The Jhalawar Fort, the Government Museum, Bhawani Natya Shala, Ren Basera, the Gagron Fort and the Atishay Jain Temple are some of the tourist highlights.
Atishey Jain Temple, Chandkheri
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.
Bhawani Natya Shala
It is an interesting building constructed in 1921 by Maharaja Bhawani Singh, near the Garh Palace. This unique theater was built for the performance of plays and other cultural events. It was a popular Parsi theatre in state times. It has been recently revived and gives a very good insight into the theater -art. It is quite a unique structure and an architectural marvel. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that its deep stage with its underground construction allows the horses, and even the chariots to appear on stage. Believed to be one of the eight such theaters in the world, in its heyday it was the venue of great plays ranging from Shakuntalam to Shakespeare’s classics.
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.
Buddhist Caves and Stupas
It is an interesting building constructed in 1921 by Maharaja Bhawani Singh, near the Garh Palace. This unique theater was built for the performance of plays and other cultural events. It was a popular Parsi theatre in state times. It has been recently revived and gives a very good insight into the theatre -art. It is quite a unique structure and an architectural marvel. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that its deep stage with its underground construction allows the horses, and even the chariots to appear on stage. Believed to be one of the eight such theaters in the world, in its heyday it was the venue of great plays ranging from Shakuntalam to Shakespeare’s classics.
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. shamtinath jain temple is also noteworthy with fine murals and exquisite sculptures.
12 Kms. away from Jhalawar, The foundation of this magnificent, impregnable renowned fort was laid in the 7th century and the fort was completed in the 14th century. Outside of the fort is the Dargah of Sufi Saint Mittheshah, where a fair is held every year during the month of Moharram. Nearby is the monastery of Saint Pipa Ji, a contemporary of Saint Kabir. Gagron Fort is perched on a low ridge at the confluence of the rivers Ahu and Kali Sindh whose water surround it on three sides. On the fourth side there used to be a deep moat completing its defenses. Gagron is among the rare forts which are both a vana and a jala durg that is both forest-protected and water-protected. It is surrounded by forests and has behind it the Mukundarrah range of hills.
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. Bhawani Natya Shala : Close to the fort is the most unusual theater in India it was constructed in 1921 A.D. where parsi theatre was performed initially The building has been recently revived and offers an excellent insight into the theater art.
Jhalawar Fort (Garh Palace)
Situated in the center of the town, this beautiful monument houses the Collectorate and other offices. It was built by Maharajrana Madan Singh during 1840 – 1845 and his successors later on added beautiful paintings inside the rooms which can be seen with the permission of the appropriate authorities. The Zenana Khas has some excellent frescoes on both walls and mirrors, prime examples of the Hadoti school of art.
Jhalrapatan is located 6 Km from Jhalawar is known as the ‘City of Bells’ – derived from its numerous temples and their bells. A unique feature about this town is that the entire township resides within the confines of a wall which was built to protect the trade caravans as it was one of the junctions of the trade route. One can visit some beautiful temples: Surya tempes, Chandrabhaga temples and Shantinath Jain temple. The padma Nath Temple is the pride of Jhalrapatan . It is one of the best example architecture with lovely sculptures.
Manohar Thana Fort
Manohar Thana is as good as its name which means “Beautiful Outpost”. It is a well-walled town with a strong fort. The fort commands the meeting place of two rivers Parvan and Kaalikhad. Fort has double fatification outer wall and battlements, inside which runs another circle of walls and battlements. A good Dak-Bunglow is lately constructed here in the fort with goodplantation around. Manohar Thana was a principal seat of Bhil kings who were supplanted by Hada Rajputs of Bundi. This fort in the tribal area of Manohar Thana once occupied an important strategic position. 90 Km from Jhalawar.
Prithvi Vilas Palace
A beautifully built palace presently the private residence of former rule’s family. It has a rare collection of wildlife trophies in their real life size. The palace has a marvelous view. The construction was completed in 1912 A.D. by Raja Bhawani Singh . The building has a three sided elegant entrances with a state monogram depicting humility and chivalry the abode of prosperity.
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.
Dag (100 Kms from city) : Renowned for some 12th century ad temples of dageshware mata, rani ka maqbara and kama varneshwar mahadeo, Dag is a fascinating experience in the rustic ambience.
Dalhanpur (54 Kms from city) : It has temples. Marvelously carved pillars, torans and exquisite sculptures make these temples interesting.
Fort of Gangadhar (120 Kms from city) : : An impressive edifice with the oldest rock inscription and some marvellously built temples.
Fort of Gangadhar etc.
Places to see
Jhalawar fort (Garh Palace)
Thermal power Station
(1) Rain Basera Cottage (6 Kms)
(2) Jhalarapatan Temples (6 Kms)
(3) Chandrabhaga Temples (7 Kms)
(4) Gagron Fort and Buddhist Caves and Stupas
(5) Dag Temples (100 Kms)
(6) Kakuni Temples and Fort (65 Kms) – Baran district
(7) Bhimsagar Dam (24 Kms)
(8) Atishey Jain Temple (35 Kms)
(9) Dalhanpur Temples (54 Kms)
(10) Fort of Gangadhar (120 Kms)
Major Events Jhalawar Fair (October- November)