Churu - The Land of Havelis
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Churu, the desert city, is a place of historic importance. The town is said to have been found by a Jat named Chuhru in 1620 AD. Churu, like an oasis, situated in the middle of the shifting golden sand dunes, opens the gate to the great desert of Thar.
Churu is located in Rajasthan state, in northwestern India. The town has a hospital and a college affiliated with the University of Rajasthan. Churu district (16,829 sq. km) comprises a semi-arid sandy plain, watered only by the Katli River in the northeast.
The city has a magnificent fort which is believed to have been built by Thakur Khushal Singh in the year 1739 AD. The proud fort stands in the middle of the town where it is said that the brave Thakur Sheoji Singh tried to defend its honour by firing silver canon balls at the attacking army of the Raja of Bikaner.
Churu gives the enchantment of its past glory and treasure to the visitors while one walks through the meandering streets, lined either sides by the largest havelis in the area. There are beautiful temples, chhatries(cenotaphs), the fort, the Johra (water tank) and wells which are all decorated with bright multicoloured wall paintings in various subjects. The city also has a museum named 'Nagarshree'.
Tourist Attractions in Churu
Salasar Balaji | Ratangarh | Kothari and Surana Haveli | Chhatries | Black Buck Santuary Tal Chhapar
Salasar houses the famous Balaji Temple which attracts a large number of devotees from all over India. Shri Hanumanji, the famous Hindu deity of vigour and loyalty, having been pleased by the devotion and worship of Shri Mohan Das Mahraj, appeared in the form of a statue on Saturday, Shrawan Sukla Navami, V.S. 1811 at Asota village.
The statue was brought to Salasar where the temple was built. Later, the devotees added more buildings to the main temple. Two large fairs are held on Chaitra(April) and Ashwin purnimas(October) every year. Lacs of devotees from all over the country and abroad come and offer their wish before the great Hanumanji in the temple and have 'Darshan' of Shri Balaji throughout the year. ...more on Salasar Balaji Temple in Churu
The mammoth fort is an important attraction of the state, built in 1820 AD by the Raja of Bikaner- Ratan Singh, is situated on the Agra-Bikaner Highway.
The market place is in the shape of a cross suggesting that the city was planned before construction. An array of stately havelis can be seen around the clock tower at the main crossing.
Kothari and Surana Haveli:
A group of handsome painted havelis built by two prominent Oswal Jain merchant families, the Kothari and Surana clans.
Amongst them are Malji Ka Kamra (Maljis Haveli), an exotic stucco extravagaza built by Malaji Kothari around 1925 and the massive Surana Double Haveli, the six-storeyed, enormous building has artistic windows and elegant doors that are more than 1,100 in number built in the 1870s.
Churu has some good memorial domes, mostly raised to rich merchants, north of the town. Historically the most significant is Aath Kambh Chhatri (Eight Pillar Dome) west of the vegetable market.
Its base has been virtually buried by windblown sand. The interior is covered with murals, one detail depicting an early European mercenary on foot, bearing a musket. Further north are chhatris of the Mantri, Bagla and Lohia merchant families.
Black Buck Santuary Tal Chhapar:
Talchhapar Sanctuary is situated in Churu district of North-Western Rajasthan and is famous for endangered black-buck. Other wild animals found in the sanctuary are chinkara, fox, juangle cat, rojra along with many resident and migratory birds. It lies on the way of migratory pass of many birds and therefore it is also popular with bird lovers.
Talchhapar area was a game reservoir for the erstwhile Maharaja of Bikaner State and was declared a reserved area for the protection of wild animals and birds in the year 1962. Total area of Talchhapar Sanctuary is 719 hectare. The sanctuary area is mostly covered by grasses with a very few and sparse trees of Khejri, Salvadora, Ber, Ker and Neem.
A large number of migratory birds visit this region during the month of September. Tourists can easily spot sparrow hawk, Ben harrier, Montague's harrier, imperial eagle, marsh harrier, pale harrier, tawny eagle, skylark, short toed eagle, sparrow hawk, ring drove, crested lark, brown dove, blue jay, black ibis, green bee eaters, demoiselle cranes, blue jays and cranes.
How To Reach in Churu
Fly Away: The nearest Airport is in Jaipur 206 Km.& Delhi 320 Km.
On Tracks: Churu is directly connected with Jaipur, Delhi, Bikaner, Shri Ganganagar by regular scheduled express trains.
On Wheels: Churu is well connected by regular bus services operated by R.S.R.T.C. with major tourist cities and neighboring towns.
Where To Stay in Churu
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Where To Shop in Churu
There are many local shops selling regional handicrafts, tie and dye fabrics and furniture. There is a thriving industry in antique-looking souvenirs.
The town is a local market for wool, millet, gram (chick-pea), cattle, and salt and has cottage industries that include handloom weaving, pottery and leather manufacture.
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