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Churu Information

Churu is one of the largest cities in Rajasthan.  It is known as gateway to the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. It is the administrative headquarters of Churu District. It lies in the Thar Desert on the National Highway-65 connecting Pali to Ambala and is a junction station on the railway line to Bikaner. It is near the shifting sand dunes of the Thar Desert and has grand havelis with marvelous fresco paintings, namely Kanhaiya lal Bagla ki Haweli and Surana Haweli, with hundreds of small windows. It also has some fine Chhatris. Near the town is a religious seat of the Nath sect of Sadhus where there are life-size Marble statue of their deities and a place for prayers. There stands a Dharam Stup, a symbol of religious equality. At the centre of the town is a fort built about 400 years ago.

Churu is a part of the fresco land of Shekhawati, and is a major center for trade and commerce.  The Churu town the district headquarters is literally a living mural that has expressed itself on the walls of its havelis (mansions) of the rich trading classes.  Church is a heirloom of the rich traditional art of Rajasthan.

Places of interest

Ratangarh

Ratangarh fort is an important attraction in Rajasthan.  Built in 1820 AD by the Raja of Bikaner Ratan Singh, this fort is located on the Agra Bikaner highway.  The shape of the market place is in the form of a cross which suggests that the city was planned before construction.  One can see a spectrum of havelis around the main clock tower at the main crossing.

Balasar Balaji

Balasar Balaji is one or the famous temples devoted to Lord Hanuman.  And it is believed that lord Balaji fulfils the desires of thousands of devotees here.

Surana Haveli

A six storey edifice with an artistic windows and elegant doors, this building has more than 1100 doors.

Excursions

Dudhwah Khara (36km)

A historic village on the Thar Desert, with enticing topography and huge beautifully designed havelis.

Sardar Shahr (46km)

An enchanting desert down with beautiful intricate havelis adorned with colourful wall paintings and carved wood work.

Taj Chhapar (100km)

A small enticing lake, it harbours endangered species like the black buck and is visited by migratory birds in winter.

How to reach there

The nearest airport is at jaipur (206km) and Delhi is 320km away.  Church is directly connected to Jaipur, Delhi, Bikaner and Ganganagar by regular scheduled express trains.  Regular bus services operated by R.S.RT.C connect Churu with major tourist cities and neighbouring towns.