Badalgarh Fort is nestled on the top of a rocky hill and is considered one of the most impressive forts of Shekhawati. It was built by Nawab Fazl Khan in the later half of the 17th century. The travelers will be astounded to find out that it was actually built as a stable. Yet its massive size makes it completely different from the other forts in Rajasthan. Although Badalgarh does not enclose grand baradaris or sheesh mahals it remains an interesting site to be explored. After all how many forts own the sheer magnificence of Badalgarh. The panoramic view that the fort offers is outstanding.
Shekhawat Rajput Chhatris
This consists of the cenotaphs of the Shekhawat Rajputs who had contributed a lot to improve the condition of Jhunjhunu. Now it is used as a school. Some remains of paintings on the inner walls of some of these reflect the craftsmanship of the era. There were beautiful murals and inscriptions could not stand the ravages of time. These chhatris, in a way, commemorate contribution of the Shekhawat Rajputs. Sardul Singh's eldest son, Zorawar Singh, built a fort for himself. This is also a popular place of interest here. It was called Zorawargarh and was built in 1741. Most of the fort is in ruins and the rest of the building has been converted to government offices and the town jail.
Mertaniji Ki Baori
It is the oldest and the most fascinating structure in Jhunjhunu. It is a step well. Amidst the desert landscape such step wells are considered real architectural feats. It was built by Sardul's widow in 1783 A.D. this was built to serve the local people. Hence it served as the community center where the people gathered to collect the most essential item in their daily lives, water. The Mertani Baori is a beautiful structure with flights of steps descending through arches.
The best heritage building in Jhunjhunu is the Khetri Mahal. It was called the Wind Palace. It was built by Bhopal Singh, grandson of Sardul Singh. It was established in the year 1770. The arresting feature of this building is that wherever possible pillars of marble have been used instead of walls. This has been done to allow free flow of wind. A ramp has also been constructed in front of the entrance so that the horses could easily ride up into the palace. It is also believed that it inspired the monument of Hawa Mahal built in 1799.
This was a British establishment. It was a city that was established by Major Henry Forster. He also constructed a mosque and a temple here.
Kamruddin Shah's Dargah
Kamruddin Shah's Dargah Located at the foothill of Kana Pahar. It is the tomb of Kamruddin, a Muslim saint. It was built in the middle of 19th century.
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