Dundlod

At around 160 kms from the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the small town of Dundlod, best known as an art gallery village. Rightly placed in the center of the Shekhawati region, Dundlod is famous for its small fort, intricately carved and designed havelis and baolis. Apart from the small 18th century fort built by Keshri Singh, the havelis of the Goenkas are the major attractions of this town.
The fort is built in such a way that the first rays of the Sun fall on this fort as the blessings from the heaven. One can see a beautiful blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture in the building. Its motif of flowers and foliage, minarets, mythological paintings, archaic furniture, wall hangings of arrows, and shields have remained unchanged since ages. Dundlod is in the center of major other tourist attractions. The forts of Mukundgarh, Mandawa and Nawalgarh are situated within the radius of 30 ms from Dundlod.
The Gangaur festival of Dundlod is the major attraction for tourists from all over the world when a huge Horse exhibition is held here.

Geography of Dundlod

Dundlod is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is situated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Best known for its fort and havelis, it extends between latitude 28°.06’ in the north and longitude 75°.20’ in the east. It is located about seven kilometers north of Nawalgarh in the center of the Shekhawati region.

Dundlod is a tiny village lying about seven km north of Nawalgarh in the heart of the Shekhawati region. Its small fort was built in 1750 by Keshari Singh, the fifth and youngest son of a Rajput ruler Sardul Singh. Major additions were made in the early 19th century by his descendant Sheo Singh. Members of the wealthy Goenka merchant family also settled at Dundlod and their prosperity is evident in their richly painted havelis here. The beautiful chhatri of Ram Dutt Goenka and the adjacent well were both built by Ram Chandra Goenka in 1888.

Dundlod Fort Shekhawati

Built by Kehsri Singh, Dundlod Fort is a 17th Century Rajputana Fort infused with great nostalgia of the Shekhawats – a clan of warrior Rajputs who withstood the onslaught of Mughal invasions. Dundlod has managed to retain much of its past glory and historical legacy in its culture and buildings. Even today, Dundlod Fort continues to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan, and stands tall as an exquisite embodiment of the perfect blending of Rajputana and Mughal schools of art and architecture.The small charming town of Dundlod had an enlightened thakur who modernized his rugged fort. It now houses a well stocked library and portraits done in European style. Converted into a hotel, its offers the tourists large rooms with four poster beds. he Goenka havelis of Dundlod have some very impressive frescoes.