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Udaipurwati – Udaipur of Shekhawati

Road trip to Udaipurwati

Last week when I told my folks that I was going for a short getaway to WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort in Udaipurwati, they asked me, “So is it somewhere close to Udaipur“? I immediately cleared the confusion and told them that these two places were not even close. Even your first instinct can be the same and hence let me clarify that Udaipur and Udaipurwati are two different places and separated by a distance of 500 kilometers. Now, whether these two places have anything in common or not, that is still a question. So you must read and find out for yourself. Also, in this blog, I talk about some offbeat places of Rajasthan and a new nature resort of the WelcomHeritage family.

Delhi ro Udaipurwati is a 4 hours drive.
The road trip from Delhi to Udaipurwati is a comfortable drive.

WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort in Udaipurwati
Inderpura Resort in Udaipurwati is surrounded by Aravallis from three sides.

Where is Udaipurwati?

130 kilometers away from the capital city Jaipur, Udaipurwati is a culturally-rich city in Shekhawati and a municipality in Jhunjhunun district in Rajasthan. This is all that I knew about it, before my visit there. To be honest, I had heard some fascinating stories about the grand Marwari havelis and frescoes of Shekhawati but surprisingly nobody had mentioned Udaipurwati before. Thus, the wanderer in me was thrilled at the prospect of exploring yet another offbeat place. And not just this, the idea of experiencing winters in Rajasthan was yet another compelling reason. For once, you should also go there to experience the warmth of the winter afternoons and the drastic dip of temperature in the nights.

My experience of staying at Inderpura Resort inUdaipurwati
WelcomeHeritage Inderpura Resort is located right on the highway.

WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort in Udaipurwati

Just 5 hours away from my house in Faridabad and 4 hours from Delhi-Gurgaon border, it is a very comfortable and smooth drive to WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort. Located right on the highway on the Salasar Balaji Road, and with the Aravalli ranges on the three sides, the natural landscape of the area lends a unique and charming character to the resort.

Old style architecture, new construction, haveli like facade, Rajasthani arches & pillars and manicured gardens, created a perfect first impression on me. The traditional style of welcome, a quick check in and a huge lunch spread under the winter sun made me feel at home almost immediately. For next few hours, I ate to my stomach full and literally lounged in the sun. My friends decided to retire to their rooms but I did not budge from the lawn. The views of the Aravallis did not let boredom settle in at any point of time. I enjoyed the serenity in silence and this was my kind of holiday. I like these offbeat and small towns in India, where there is no rush to check out the touristy spots and everything about them takes you closer to people and nature. I was happy to be in Shekhawati region and was looking forward to exploring the neighborhood villages, the next day.

Lounging in the sun
Rooms with personal gardens

Bird enthusiasts will not be disappointed
Bird enthusiasts will love it here.

Soon, the chirping of the birds, the sunset and the nip in the air forewarned of a cold night. All that my heart desired was for some chilli pakodas, piping hot coffee and bonfire. The wishes were granted as desired and the evening mood was revved up with Rajasthani folk songs and puppet show.

For next few hours, our conversations over bonfire took over everything. And the dinner was the best that we could ask for to end the day. However, the cherry on the cake was the interaction with the owners of the resort (father and son duo), who are native of Inderpura village. It was good to hear from the horses mouth as to how they developed this place in one of the most organic ways. It was heartening to hear that travelers had motivated them to make a place that could help people take a break or a night halt on their way to Bikaner. And now they wanted to invite more and more wanderers to explore the offbeat beauty of Shekhawati. Last but not the least, they also wanted to give a premier holiday-like experience to those who were looking for weekend getaways, not very far from the capital.

Udaipurwati -Inderpura Resort
View from my room

Udaipur of Shekhawati

The location of the property is one of its USP. If you want to take a break from the din of the city, you have a place to go. But more than that, the history and heritage lovers will be pleased to know that some of the most popular temples like Khatushyam Temple, Rani Sati Temple, Salasar Balaji temple and The Lohargal Surya temple are just few kilometers away. Personally, I was keen to see Dr. Ramnath A. Podar Haveli Museum in Nawalgarh and forts & havelis of Mandava.

Some of the information that I picked up during my stay will definitely interest you. So Udaipurwati is one of the thikanas of Shekhawati. In the previous times, Thikanas used to be the state or an estate of a Thakurs (princely men or people from the royal families). King Bhojraj Singh Ji (Shekhawat) was the ruler of Udaipurwati. The previous name of Udaipurwati was Kaushambhi. The historians and writers of Rajasthan have mentioned in one of their writings that once the ruler of Mewar was invited to Shekhawati and when he saw this area, he called it Udaipur of Shekhawati on finding this place adorned with rivers, dams, stepwells and hills. The most famous river that flows through this region is Katli and it is the main source of coarse sand used for construction in its nearby region.

For many years, it was called Udaipur Shekhawati, but the government did not want to keep up with two names and hence it became Udaipurwati.

Udaipurwati and Neighborhood

When you are in Rajasthan and especially in a heritage-rich area you just can’t keep being lazy. You got to step out and explore the beauty around. On the next day, we chalked out a plan and made the best of the warm and sunny day. After a hearty breakfast, we drove down to Surya (Sun) Temple in Lohargal.

The popular sun temple of Lohargal

Lohargal Surya Temple

Though many folklore are popular for this place, the most important one remains that when Pandavas were seeking liberation from their sins committed during the war of Mahabharata, they were asked to visit a number of religious places. Naradji had suggested that whenever and where ever their weapons will melt, liberation will be done. So it was here in one of the water kunds it happened, thus the name of the place is Lohalgal (Iron or weapons melted here).

This place is also very famous for its pickles, especially mango pickles. I was surprised to learn that mangoes are produced in this part of Rajasthan too. The lane leading to the Sun temple was full of pickle shops and I bought some too. Don’t miss to see the kund in the temple where the weapons had melted.

Inderpura Village

From the temple, we traveled to one of the colleges in Inderpura and took a camel cart ride towards the village. Well, one side of me wanted to avoid it because I do not support animal rides but on the other, I wanted to support the people whose only source of income is this. They raise and feed the camels as their children.

Camel cart ride in Rajasthan

Girdharpur Shahpura village

After soaking in the vibes of Rajasthani villages, we stopped at some point in the middle of the sand dunes and had some tea and pakodas made by the local villagers. Such gestures are the real takeaway from such trips.

Inderpura village
Tea-time somewhere in the desert


Finally, the second half of the day was well-spent at the famous havelis of Nawalgarh. Even a day is not enough for this place, where almost every house is a piece of art work but we did make it two beautiful havelis – Morarka and Podar Haveli Museums. Both the houses are worth every minute. If you appreciate Indian art, you got to love this place.

Nawalgarh is called the frescoes capital of India. The town is full of one-of-its-kinds vibrant havelis, and rightly qualifies to be called an open art gallery. “Fresco work was colloquially called गीला-आला पद्धति , where “geela” means plaster and “aala” refers to painting. The uniqueness of this artwork is that natural colours were painted on the wall while plaster was still wet.

Nawalgarh frescoes
Nawalgarh is called the frescoes capital of India because of these lovely art works in every house there.

Murarka Museum Shekhawati
Murarka Haveli


On the third day, we had to start early for Delhi because of the CAA protests and the jams but whatever time we had, I wanted to see the stepwell (baoli) of this area. While hunting for one, we reached a temple and water kund. This place was absolutely isolated but it had one of the most amazing landscapes. The water body added to the reflections and it looked ethereal.

Chaupali Village

Go for this vacation

On one of your free weekends, you must drive down to Inderpura Resort. I would highly recommend it for its great ambiance, cheerful hospitality and great food. I really liked the subtle and tasteful decoration of the rooms. Every corner of the place speaks for itself. There is a swimming pool for the summer days and an in-house wellness center along with gym is on its way.

Inderpura Resort
Bonfire night!

Happy Travelling!

13 thoughts on “Udaipurwati – Udaipur of Shekhawati

  1. I haven’t yet travelled to India but I hope to get to Rajasthan soon. The WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort looks like a great place to stay while you are exploring the area and I like that it was a pool and a wellness centre. I definitely want to visit the Lohargal Surya Temple and Murarka Haveli to see the fresco’s on the buildings. It’s great you have such beautiful places not too far from where you live.

  2. Like you, I enjoy travelling to places off the beaten track – of course it helps to have a ‘home’ base like the WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort in such a beautiful setting! Bonfires on cold nights are always a bonus!! It’s an interesting dilemma about the camel rides too, but I think I would choose to take the ride like you did to support the locals. The havelis and frescoes are a big attraction, but I think I would spend a lot more time hanging around the resort to see the birds – and to take advantage of the amazing outdoor lunch!!

  3. Now this is a find (as I am still planning a trip to India and hope to be in this region (Udaipur). I never heard of Udaipurwati before but would love to check it out now. Loving the archiecture of the buildings and the view from your hotel room is amazing. I would love to wake up to that every morning. I would also love to check out Murarka Haveli, it may look a bit grey and boring seeing the walls from the distance but up close I do like the look of the art work.

  4. I love India. I’ve been three times so far. But unfortunately, I haven’t reached Udaipur yet, although it’s on my list. I am delighted with the architecture of this city. I hope to see it someday. The resort you present composes with the architectural style of the town. I would like to stay in it during my trip. I hope to see amazing Lohargal Surya Temple and Nawalgarh, too.

  5. My family lives in Delhi and even I haven’t heard of Udaipurwati! But I have stayed in another WelcomHeritage property and I know they do it quite well so I’m not surprised that WelcomHeritage Inderpura Resort is a good one too. I like how it is surrounded by the Aravallis on three sides, such a nature retreat this one. Given that it is not so far from Delhi, it could be a nice weekend getaway for my family as well, maybe the next time I visit home!

  6. I love that you are introducing us, your readers, to these lesser explored regions. I just love learning about and visiting culture rich destinations like Udaipurwati. The artistic work and wall art is also very impressive in Nawalgarh. I still hope to visit India one day.

  7. Love all the places you visited. Think the smaller villages are amazing. I like how you supported the local economy with your camel ride even though you don’t agree with riding the animals. And tea in the sand dunes sounded great. But my favorite must be Nawalgarh – with its beautiful and intricate frescoes. Such a wonder.

  8. Totally a new place to me, I wasn’t aware Udaipur and Udaipurwati are 2 places with different latitudes and longitudes. Such a good place for night halt on the way to Bikaner. Thanks for that info on Lohalgal. Such stories make the visits memorable. The faded paintings too look impressive. I hope to visit some day.

  9. Really Loved the way you described and shared your experience of this part of the state.. Its my hometown and still gets amused with its beauty…

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