Shekhawati Fair, Shekhawati

The Shekhawati Festival held on 10th and 11th February every year is organised jointly by the State Department of Tourism, District administrations of Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu. Shekhawati, already famous for its frescoes, is fast becoming a rural tourism destination too. Travelling on horse back, the tourists get a closer view of the countryside and the people.
There has been a agricultural revolution sweeping the villages, the region now exports 80 per cent of its crops whereas only a few years ago it could meet only 10 per cent of its requirement through local production.
Shekhawati Fair, Shekhawati  
The festival is organized at a number of places in Rajasthan, including Nawalgarh, Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu. On this occasion, a one-day tour of the Shekhawati region is organized that include camel & jeep safaris and farm visits.
While enjoying the inspiring trip, the tourists get together with the hospitable inhabitants of the region and gain an essence of the flourishing tradition of Shekhawati. Besides this amazing tour, lots of other programmes are organized to entertain the guests, such as rural games, cultural programmes, haveli competitions and fireworks etc. Nawalgarh serves as the chief location for the festival and is easily accessible from the capital city of Jaipur.
Nawalgarh is the central venue of the festival and can be reached comfortably by train and road from Jaipur (140 kms by Road). Nawalgarh also has some of the finest frescoes of Shekhawati. The Clock Tower is a famous landmark and the Roop Niwas Palace hotel occupies a place of pride in the town.
Strategically placed on the route between ports of Gujarat and Northern India, the region became very prosperous by imposing levies on the caravans of traders passing through.
When the region's fortunes fell after the development of new ports like Bombay and Calcutta, the merchants migrated en masse and quickly re-established themselves. They continued to send their huge incomes back in their villages thus continuing their constructive passions.

Prominent towns of the region are Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Mahansar, Mukundgarh, Lachhmangarh, Singhana, Parsrampura, Khetri, Baggar and Jhunjhunu.