Jhunjhunu Travel Guide
Jhunjhunu was founded by Kaimkhani Nawabs in the middle of the 15th century, and remained under their control until it was taken by the Rajput ruler Sardul Singh in 1730 AD, which lasted till the Indian independence. It was in Jhunjhunu that the British based their Shekhawati brigade, a troop raised locally in the 1830s to try to halt the activities of the dacoits (bandits).
They were largely local petty rulers who had decided it was easier to become wealthy by pinching other peoples' money than by earning their own. Jhunjhunu is one of the largest towns of Shekhawati and is the current district headquarters. It has some of the region's most beautiful buildings and should not be missed. The artistically painted havelis of Muragh Das Modi, and the Khaitans are spellbinding.
Places Of Interest (Jhunjhunu)
The Khetri Mahal
A fine minor palace dating back to around 1760 AD. It has very elegant lines and is architecturally the most sophisticated building in the region, though not in the greatest condition.
The Modi and Tiberwala Havelis
Both in the main bazaar, these are covered with murals, and the latter one is particularly interesting. The town also has a number of chhatris' and wells.
Bihari Ji Temple
It is a temple in Jhunjhunu, which is immensely popular for its antique paintings. Sri Biharji Temple is from a similar period and contains some fine murals, although these too have suffered over the years.
Shri Ranisatiji Mandir
Located in Jhunjhunu, it is one of the exemplary temples in India. It is one of the ancient pilgrimages in the country which is a historic, unprecedented masterpiece affording a panoramic view.