A city located in the Shekhawati region of Sikar District in Rajasthan state, Sikar has many well-known and historic building that attracts tourists. The city is well connected by roads to all the major cities in the state. National highway NH-11, which connects Sikar to Jaipur and Bikaner passes through the centre of the city. Sikar is now emerging as one of the main education hubs in the state.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Sikar. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sanwariya, Sikar, Shekhawati Hotel and Sunrise Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.900 onwards.
All annual festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Rajasthani and Hindi are the Local Languages here
Places to Visit
Sikar Fort, Sai Dham (Mundwara), Sri Digamber Jain Bada Mandir and Bawari Gate and Madho Niwas Kothi are located within a kilometre of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Jaipur
Sikar has its own Railway Station
Sikar has regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Shrinath Nandu Travels, Kalpana Travels, Shrinath Travel and Virat Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus booking is a rage with travelers these days because several travel websites provide cheap bus ticket booking facility to its customers.
Dausa is a city in Rajasthan. It is also known as Dev Nagari. The city is well-known for its rich cultural tradition of Hela-Khayal Dangal, a musical style which is unique in the city and the district of Dausa. It is also a popular tourist destination in the state.
Places to Stay
Some good budget options in Dausa are Ravat Palace (Tariff – Rs. 800), Avadh Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Umaid Lake Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1800).
Hindi is the official language spoken in Dausa.
Basant Panchmi Mela is organised in February annually where along with worship of prominent deities there is also a large market for essentials and a number of rural entertainment options. Dolchi Holi is celebrated in the month of March with local rituals.
Places of Interest
Abhaneri, with its many medieval monuments like Harshat Mata Temple and Chand Baori (Step Wall), Bhandarej for its sculptures, terracotta utensils and lattice work from ancient times, and Sikandra, famous all over the world for its sandstone carvings, are must visits. There are places of great natural beauty in the city like Khawaraoji Fort which is surrounded by hills and Jhajhirampura, famous for temples of Shiv, Hanuman and other deities.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Dausa is located in the state capital of Jaipur, 55 kms away.
Dausa is easy to reach on the rail network, since it is on the Agra-Jaipur and Delhi-Jaipur route. Dausa railway station (about 17 kms from city centre) and Bandikui Junction (52 kms from Dausa city centre) are the important stations here.
Delhi Transport Corporation and private operators like Shrinath Travel Agency and Raj Travels are popular choices. Get a cheap bus ticket by logging on to several bus booking portals.