Go back centuries and dream about camels, caravans, traders and their lifestyles in the desert. Go back to the British colonial times and think of banking channels, moneylenders and baniyas. Or think of contemporary India and its family driven business empires, enterprise and the quintessential, thrifty Marwari Seths in all corners of India – the Marwari Community is at the heart of it.
In Churu, we celebrate the un-celebrated: award winning artists whose work is a sheer joy to witness. There is something in the air here that inspires people to perfect skills that go beyond the usual. In addition, the crafts tour is designed to give a higher level of local engagement by going to people’s homes and backyards. The tour is sure to create a much richer understanding of region’s culture and living by going beyond the historical sightseeing
Explore the intricate world of Indian jewelry and its prominence in Indian culture. One of the central longings for women, one of the most precious gifts – it takes various shapes, sizes and designs. Learn and understand this Indian obsession with us in lanes of Churu while meeting the artists and workers behind the glittering shops.
One of the advantages of Churu is its location: for multiple day stays, MKK is an excellent base for exploring the neighboring villages of Ramgarh and Mahansar. Towns of Fatehpur and Mandawa are also a short drive away. A full day tour also covers towns of Mandawa and Fatehpur which are more touristy and busy. There are several havelis of interest with most notable being Nadine Le Prince haveli (in Fatehpur) and Goenka/ Saraf havelis in Mandawa
A divine atmosphere surrounds the famous Jain Temple of Churu. A symphony of art, the temple glitters in beautiful paintings & glassworks that gives it a unique look. The Jain Temple is one of the most renowned attractions of Churu, fascinating all onlookers with its dazzling yet delicate architecture & decor.
Churu is gateway to the Thar desert. Its virgin sands offers one of the best ways to discover and learn about the lifestyle in the Indian desert. This unyielding land is what has contributed to the success of Marwari community, with them being ready to make the best of whatever little opportunities came their way. On safari tour, we take you to water reservoirs and talk about storage and conservation, rural life, our flora and fauna, spotting deers and blackbucks and finer details about life in general in these areas.
Located within walking distance from property, this school was started by a mother to a special child three years ago. Now working with around 40 children, it strives to provide them a positive environment to grow.The idea is to equip these special kids, through training, with the skills necessary to make them independent.
While Rajasthan, in general, offers number of sumptuous dishes, Shekhawati has a uniquely different cuisine by marwaris and Jain communities – which are abound here.Very different from gravy oriented, high on fats Rajputi food enjoyed by the maharajas this purely vegetarian and devoid of high spices cuisine primarily uses locally sourced ingredients.
Just outside the town, see village life in Dhani Kadwasar. Dhani’s farm produce are much sought after in Churu’s vegetable market and known for their freshness. Rustic village experience where you will see specific farming techniques to best utilize modest water resources of region and solar energy for electricity.
Take a short ride to reach a gorgeous sand dune spot just outside town. Sit atop dunes for a pleasant evening with sands cooling off underneath your feet.You have a good view of surrounding landscape and with the evening Sun rays kissing you good-bye, it becomes a picture perfect setting.
8 km from the town lays Prem Sarovar - a small water reservoir typical of area to harvest rain water. In old days, such reservoirs were used by travelers passing by on camel or horse back to take short stops or to pitch a tent nearby to spend the night.Now, this is turned into a magical dinner experience for you.The water backdrop is lit up with Oil lamps, the food gets perfectly cooked on coal, and sit-down candle light environs offer a sublime setting to celebrate some precious moments with your loved ones or to raise a toast on certain special occasions.
Greeted by oil filled lamps and candles, along with soothing tunes of light music, the desert is inviting and mesmerizing. There is no clichéd cultural dance performance to take the focus away from nature. Sit back, look at the stars above, engage in conversations with your partner, family or fellow travelers and enjoy the evening with sumptuous kebabs grilled on fire by our chef
Prem Sarovar is a beautiful water reservoir 8 Kms from the town. Used to harvest rain water, this is perfect for a relaxed outing amidst beautiful landscape. Occasionally you can still find deers coming to drink water from here. Custom-decorated for a sit-down lunch experience with water body in backdrop, this is blissfully calm Rajasthani dining amidst a largely barren, yet charming landscape
Churu is gateway to the Thar desert and if you only have time to do Golden Triangle, your best chance to get a glimpse of what lies beyond in Rajasthan. Its virgin lands present a great opportunity to experience riding Ship of the Desert : the camel.
Combine exploration of Shekhawati while adding a flavour of driving on Indian roads, this guided tour covers towns of nearby villages of Mahansar, Ramgarh and Mandawa (possibly Bissau as well). We avoid Fatehpur because it generally observes traffic congestion.
Tal Chaapar is the only wildlife sanctuary in western Rajasthan and houses hundreds of blackbucks. The sanctuary area is mostly a flat area covered by grasses. It is also an excellent birding site with harriers, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, sparrow, and Little Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis and Demoiselle cranes, being most common sightings. Peacocks are seen dancing with their feathers spread in full, mostly during the rainy season.
Take a dune drive across the sands of Churu while exploring the desert on a 4WD vehicle. Experience the thrill of dune-bashing and get a glimpse of the beautiful flora & fauna - the peaceful life as you navigate through the calm desert. A unique experience is waiting for you at Churu, as you experience the adventure of a lifetime.