Khetri, Jhunjhunu Rajasthan
Khetri is the very first town of Jhunjhunu district after entering the state of Rajasthan from Narnaul (Haryana), it is also the second largest thikana of Shekhawat Rajputs. The town is known for copper rich mines these days. There is a big plant of Hindustan Copper Ltd. in Khetri. Raja Khet Singh Nirban of Nirban-Chauahn Rajput clan founded the town, later this town was conquered by Shekhawat Rajputs and awarded to Thakur Kishan Singh Ji by his father Maharao Shardul Singh Ji of Jhunjhunu. Khetri is also a part of Panchpana.
Raja Ajit Singh Shekhawat of Khetri was a far sighted and wise ruler, he built many forts, palaces and temples. Swami Vivekanand was also a close friend of Raja Ajit Singh. A statue of Swami Vivekanand is installed on a street roundabout of Khetri as memorial. Raja Sardar Singh was the last titular Raja of Khetri.
Raja of Khetri was also once the employer of the Nehru family. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s uncle Nandlal Nehru was chief minister (Diwan) in the Khetri royal court. Motilal Nehru also spent early years of his life in Khetri only.
Places to visit in Khetri:
Khetri is situated between hilly locations of Aravali range.
1- The main attraction in Khetri is the fort built by Raja Ajit Singh Shekhawat Saheb Bahadur. It is the highest point of Khetri for a panaromic view of the town and surroundings. A wind palace was also built in Jhunjhunu by the rulers of Khetri. There is a minor influence of frescos in Khetri buildings; these are plain but very artistic as far as sculpture is concerned.
2- A temple of Gopinath ji was also built by the Khetri Royal house; the same is open for general public now. Other than this, temples of Bihari Ji, Ganga Mata, Hanman Ji, Siddhi Vinaayak and Bhatiyani Ji ka Mandir are the old famous buildings. Few temples are situated in the fort are ther ebut not open for the public. A beautiful temple of Baba Rameshwar Das in Tibba Basai is 30 KM from the town, those seeking peace of mind and spiritual guidence can visit this temple.
3- Pannasar Talab (Pond) is an artificial lake to store the rain water, Ajit Sagar Bandh (Dam) is a modern water reservoir built by the authorities, it is in mid of a beautiful location surrounded by lush Green Hills.
For research students and miners the Hindustan Copper Ltd. plant is also an important location, please check prior to visitng the mines as generally it is not allowed to visit the plant by public.
How to Reach Khetri
Khetri is better approachable by road, while coming from Delhi the route goes like:
Nearest railway station is Narnaul, which is 40 KM from the town and the nearest Airport is IGI New Delhi.
Rail route is not suggested as the direct connectivity from Jaipur and Delhi to Narnaul is not good as of yet.
For a quick arrival the road route is recommended while coming from Delhi.