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Churu- The gateway to The Thar Desert

The Chirmi fort turned hotel in Churu

Rajasthan, March 29 (UITV) Situated near the Thar desert, Churu is a district in Rajasthan with a semi-arid climate. The district is also known as ‘The Gateway to Thar’. Churu city is the district headquarters. It was founded in 1620 AD by the Nirban clan of Rajputs.

Churu was a part of Bikaner district before the Independence of India. In 1948, it was separated from Bikaner when it was reconstituted.

There is a fort in Churu city of historic importance and it is believed that it was built approximately 400 years ago. There are beautiful temples of Salasar Balaji and Babosa Maharaj which are of great religious significance and centre for tourist attractions.

Tal Chhappar Sanctuary

The Tal Chhappar sanctuary is located in the Shekhawati region in the state of Rajasthan. The sanctuary is known for its rare blackbuck.

The Tal Chhappar sanctuary is at a distance of around 210 km at the edge of the Thar desert on the Ratangarh-Sujangarh highway.

Geographically, the sanctuary comes under Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu and is an amazing place for the visitors. The sanctuary is at a distance of 85 km from Churu city and at 132 km from Bikaner.

The endangered species of Black Buck and European Roller-Coracias garrulus in The Tal Chhappar sanctuary

Salasar Balaji Temple

Located in the town of Salasar near Sujangarh, Salasar Balaji is the temple of Lord Hanuman. Fairs are organised every year on Chaitra Poornima and Ashwin Poornima at Salasar Balaji temple. The place also houses Rani Sati temple and Khatu Shyamji temple as well.

Salasar Balaji is also known by the name of Salasar Dham.

                                                        The Salasar Balaji Temple
Kothari and Surana Havelis

Another spot for the curious tourists to visit in Churu district is the series of havelis which were built by the Kothari and Surana merchants during the rule of their clans in this region. The most famous haveli is the ‘Malji ka Kamra’ which was built by Malji Kothari in 1925 AD when Churu was a part of Bikaner state. It was initially built as a guest house but soon it became an entertainment spot for the artists. The Haveli is built on the famous Italian and Shekhawati architectural designs.

There is a famous Surana brothers’ Double Haveli located in this region as well which was built in 1870 AD. The Double Haveli includes Hawa Mahal which has 1,111 doors and windows and the Bagla Haveli.

Sethani Ka Johara

Sethani ka Johra (The Reservoir of the Wealthy Lady) was built by the wife of Bhagwandas Bagla. Bhagwandas Bagla was the first Marwari Shekhawati Millionaire. He was a very wealthy timber merchant and owned several Saw Mills. Bhagwandasji was originally from Churu, Rajasthan. Sethani Ka Johara is some 3 km away in west by the Ratangarh road, as a relief project during the terrible ‘Chhappania Akal’, Indian famine of 1899–1900 (vikram samvat 1956) The water attracts birds and mammals such as ‘Nilgai’ (blue bull – a large antelope). The village elders in Churu say that the water in the Johra has never dried up till date.

 

                                               Johara- The Pond that never dries up