Churu is a small yet important town in the deserts of Rajasthan; it has been famous in the religious circuits as well also for all wildlife admirers. Churu offers a peep into the Rajputana Havellis at Ratangarh. These mansions have a peculiar grandness attached to them. You can experience the mural paintings on the lime plaster. It is also home to the endangered species of Black Buck. Peoples can experience the presence of Blackbuck at the Tal Chappar sanctuary along with migratory birds that tend to stop here while taking their arduous journey during winters.
Sethani Ka Johara
Sethani Ka Johara, a reservoir, was constructed by the widow of Bhagwan Das Bagla during the terrible famine of 1956. Bhagwandas Bagla was the first Marwari Shekhawati Crorepati and he was a very wealthy timber merchant and owned several Saw Mills. Bhagwandasji was originally from Churu, Rajasthan. Sethani Ka Johara is approximately 3 km west through the Ratangarh road. It was built as a relief project during the terrible ‘Chhappania Akal’. It is said that the water in the Johra has never dried up since it was developed i.e. from 1899-1900 (Vikram Samvat 1956) till date.
Kothari and Surana Havelis
During the times of the Kothari and Surana Havelis, two merchant families built the groups of building known as Surana Haveli. The Haveli is built on the Italian and Shekhawati architectural designs. The most famous amongst them is the ‘Malji Ka Kamra’ (Majlis Haveli), built by Malaji Kothari around 1925 and the massive Surana Double Haveli (built in the 1870s), which is six stories tall and has 1111 elegant doors and windows.
Churu Fort is the only fort in the world where silver shells were fired when the ammunition was finished to protect freedom. Thakur Kishan Singh built the Fort of Churu, in 1739 AD. Was done in The Gopinath Temple is established in this fort. The purpose of the construction of this fort was to protect the citizens with the self-defense. This phenomenon happened in the time of Thakur Shivaji Singh, A descendant of Thakur Kshitri Singh. In Churu’s immortal history this event happened in August 1814 AD.
Salasar Balaji Temple
Salasar Balaji Temple is located in the town of Salasar near Sujangarh and it is constructed in white marble stone. This is the place where Lord Hanumanji is worshipped in a different form or idol than the regular form. It is also known by the name of Salasar Dham which is the Place of Power. The idol of Balaji here is different from all other idols of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman possesses a round face with mustache and beard making it the most unique idol among the other idols of Hanuman all over the world. Fairs are organized every year on Chaitra Poornima and Ashwin Poornima at Salasar Balaji temple. It attracts numerous devotees from all parts of the country and is a well-known tourist spot as well.
Tal Chhappar Sanctuary
Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is situated in the Shekhawati area of Rajasthan (i.e. in the Churu district). This sanctuary is known for its rare blackbuck. It is around 205 km from Jaipur and is located on road from Ratangarh to Sujangarh. This sanctuary falls in Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu and is an amusement place for the visitors. Tal Chappar sanctuary is situated on the hem or border of the Thar Desert. It is known as home for approx. 2,000 black bucks. This Wildlife Sanctuary comes alive with the beautiful color of thousands of migratory birds, especially the harriers, including Marsh Harriers, Montagur’s Harriers, Hen Harriers and Pale Harriers.