Castle Pachar Shekkawati - The
resort is surrounded by sand dunes on one side and Ganpat jheel on the
other. Pachar is an excellent hideout for a pleasant holiday. Potters
working on their wheels, mojdi (shoe) makers and weavers singing
Rajasthani popular tunes as they work can be observed at close quarters.
village of Pachar was gifted to Thakur Guman Singhji by the maharaja of
Jaipur in recognition of his bravery in the battle of Maonda against Raja
Jawaharmal of Bharatpur.The descendents of Thakur Guman Singhji have now
thrown open their castle residence for tourists. Rang Mahal is the hub of
activity of the castle. It is colorfully decorated with family portraits,
paintings and arms. It is quite different from anything else in other
castles of Rajasthan.
still have the character and reflection of their original occupants. The
furnishing and décor has not been changed much and the visitor can
still get a glimpse of the splendid past of Rajasthan while staying in
the rooms. The rooms reflect a way of life. All the rooms are different
in construction, some have pillared divisions others have a wall
dividing the beds from the sitout area. The rooms have been decorated
and furnished in traditional style, all basic comforts have been taken
care of. All rooms have an attached bath with running hot and cold
are available in the rawala, which has nine suites, five twin bedded rooms
and two single rooms. All the rooms are different, some have pillared
divisions and others have a wall dividing the beds from the sit out area. Each
room is attached with bath and has running hot/cold water. They have been
planned for basic comfort keeping an ethnic touch. Extensive use of muddas
takes one back to the time when the castle came into being. Yet, comfort
has been the hallmark of fittings. The rooms reflect a way of life. They
have depiction of art and handicrafts and they also have a writing table,
clothes closet, and etall.
DEEWAN - E - KHAS
Deewan-e-khas (dining room) is a large hall divided into two
portions by elevations. The pillars are decorated in traditional
style and ambience. The cuisine is mainly Rajasthani except the
breakfast, which is more or less continental. Use of excess cooking
oil and spices is very carefully controlled. The choice of dishes
has been made in keeping with family food tradition and making it
palatable to foreign taste. Naturally, there are the lovely pickles
and chutneys to add flavor.
Rang Mahal is the lifeline of the castle colorfully decorated with
family portraits, paintings, arms and comfortable furniture. This is
one place guests will never tire of being in to relax. It is a
three-tier affair, the large hall, the elevated sitout and a further
elevated portion that houses the family temple. The pillars add a
distinct stamp and the wooden railing above beautifies the premises.
It is very different from anything else in the castles of Rajasthan
village of Pachar is still traditional, one of the few in shekhawati.
There is no major industry, except for a sawmill. Magnificient 'mojdi'
makers, potters and weavers; plus the daily routine of farming community
make Pachar a place to wander around.
Add to this the wonderful sandy belt extending to the temple of khatu
shyamji - 10 kms away, where one can take a ride or do a jeep safari.
There is ample to do and yet be relaxed, free from crowds, sound of
vehicles and pollution.
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