An extensive travel guide of Jhalawar India gives you a complete facts-file about every travel aspect of Rajasthan India. Also promoting travel tours to Jhalawar Rajasthan to have close rendezvous with the great cultural nucleus of music- theatre and a tour to one of the finest opera houses with marvelous auditory system in Jhalawar. Rajasthan India travel also promote travel tours to Chandrabhaga Fair at Jhalawar in Jhalrapatan.

Jhalawar Attractions

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Jhalawar City

Distance : 87km from Kota
335km from Jaipur

¤ Jhalawar Carved Out of Bundi Region

Till the middle of the 17th century, Bundi was the big daddy of southeast Rajasthan, grabbing the major chunk of its history, its stories of valour and those of chivalry, of diplomacy and everything else that goes into creating history. All this went on until Kota was set aside as a separate state and Bundi became a little smaller. Then, as additional blow, it was decided that another state, that of Jhalawar, would also be carved out of Bundi. This time too it was Zalim Singh, that cunningly conspicuous ruler in the 19th century, who wanted another state for his descendents to rule, because he was not satisfied with just having Kota. Here it must be recalled that Zalim Singh excelled at diplomacy, and getting what he wanted wasn’t much of a bother for him. The region east of Kota and Bundi was given an official name, and so it came to pass that Jhalawar sprang into existence in 1838, a craggy country interspersed with ponds. Originally called Jhalrapatan, the town took its name from the hundreds of temples with bells (jhalarapatan: city of bells) around it. Another legend places the naming of Jhalawar to Jhala-ra-patun, or the city of Jhala Rajputs.

Travel to Fort Jhalawar in Jhalawar India
¤ Jhalawar History

Jhalawar has a bit of its own history, but that happened towards the middle of the 19th century when Bundi’s ruler Umed Singh died. Zalim rushed back to Bundi from Gagron on hearing of the Maharao’s death. and then began the struggle for the seat of power between the sons of Zalim and Umed Singh. Kishore Singh, the Maharao’s son, was made the ruler, much to the dislike of the other contenders. However, he was soon overthrown and Prithvi Singh sat on the throne. Finally, in 1838 Zalim Singh carved out the new kingdom of Jhalawar for his descendents with this town as the capital. Here Zalim’s statesmanship came into play, for this feat would not have been achieved without the help of a higher power, namely the British. Jhalawar went to Zalim Singh and his sons who loyally served the British even during the Uprising of 1857 when the entire country revolted against British rule.

¤ Zalim Singh-The Great Administrative

Zalim Singh was known for his administrative deeds as well as for turning barren lands into fertile ones, and he adopted the same principle for Jhalawar. But this time it was not scented flowers and trees that he planted but opium, which turned in a hefty revenue through local sale and export to distant China. Even today Jhalawar is one of the main opium producing centres in India, and during the opium harvest sprawling fields with miles of yellow poppy are a common sight.

¤ Jhalawar- Turned As A Commercial Mart

With the setting up of a well-planned town, Zalim Singh ensured that the wealthiest of merchants settled in Jhalawar. With his understanding of the administrative system, he introduced the municipality system in Jhalawar and had a stone pillar inscribed with the basic laws and regulations of the town. These laws were to assure the affluent traders of the security of their homes and wealth. Anyone flouting these judicatures was dealt with harshly, and Jhalawar soon turned prosperous. Consequently the town became `the grand commercial mart’ of southeast Rajasthan and the centre of trade for the region and neighbouring areas.

¤ A Great Cultural & Musical Center

Gradually, as the people prospered Jhalawar began to entertain the arts, also becoming a great cultural nucleus of music and theatre under its cosmopolitan kings. Jhalawar to this day boasts of one of the finest opera houses in India from that period complete with an amazing inbuilt acoustic system.

¤ Bhawani Natya Shala:

Built by Maharaja Bhawani Singh in 1921, was constructed on the pattern of European opera houses. For a while it was a popular stage for Parsi plays and music. The three storeyed building is made of white and red stone and, like most Rajput structures, is crowned by chhatris (pavilions) on its roof. On the outside, a narrow balcony runs along each floor of the Natya Shala enclosed by iron railings.

¤ Raen Basera- A Magnificent Cottages

The Raen Basera on the banks of Kishan lake is a small, unique cottage. Made entirely of wood by the Forest Research Institue, Dehradun in 1936, its reputation travelled to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The entire cottage was dismantled and set up in Lucknow for an exhibition, where it caught the attention of Maharaja Rajendra Singh. He proceeded to buy the cottage, had it dismantled once again, and moved to Jhalawar. The Raen Basera is now the property of the irrigation Department of Rajasthan, but was originally a retreat for Rajendra Singh.

¤ Home of Great Celebrity-- Ravi Shankar Jhalawar India Travel to Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar

The renowned sitar maestro Ravi Shankar grew up in Jhalawar after his family moved here from Bengal. His father was the Prime Minister of Jhalwar then, and Ravi Shankar’s brother, the celebrated dancer Uday Shankaralso lived here for a long time. Uday Shankar formerly used to dance at the Natyashala in Jhalawar before the European dancer Anna Pavlova discovered him and put him into the international arena.

¤ The City is A Devotee of God Hanuman

Jhalawar’s coat of arms revolves around a likeness of the monkey god Hanuman, known for his legendary feats of strength. Hanuman is depicted here more as a caricature than a real monkey, and is set within a shield. A horse and a lion flank each side of the shield which bears an inscription. The entire image is crowned off by a trident, representing the goddess Durga. Currently Zalim Singh’s descendents are the unofficial ‘rulers’, although their titles and privy purses were taken away by the Indian government in 1970.

¤ Festivites in Jhalawar

The Chandrabhaga fair in Jhalrapatan is a rather interesting one. Essentially a cattle fair, Chandrabhaga becomes a hub of activity with cows, horses, buffaloes and bullocks being bought and sold by people who come from as far as Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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