Thursday, February 6, 2020

Basic data and tourism information on Churu District of Rajasthan

Churu District at a Glance

·                     District:                      Churu
·                     Headquarters:          Churu
·                     State:                          Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·                     Total:                          13835
·                     Rural:                         13632
·                     Urban:                        203
Population (Census 2011) 
·                     Population:                2039547
·                     Rural:                         1463312
·                     Urban:                        576235
·                     Male:                          1051446
·                     Female:                      988101
·                     Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):                     940
·                     Density (Total, Persons per sq km):                        147
Constituencies (ECI) 
·                     Assembly:       6
·                     Lok Sabha:     1

The town of Churu is the administrative headquarters of the district.
Churu lies in the Jangladesh region of northern Rajasthan and shares boundaries with the Hanumangarh District to the north, the Haryana state to the east, the Jhunjhunun and Sikar districts to the southeast, the Nagaur District to the south, and the Bikaner District to the west.
Literacy among residents is 67.46%.
The major crops include bajra and guar. The major minerals found in the district are copper and gypsum.


Tal Chhappar Sanctuary

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

Black buck frolicking

The Tal Chhappar sanctuary is situated at the edge of the Thar desert on the Ratangarh Sujangarh highway.
Geographically, the sanctuary falls in Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu and is an amusement place for the visitors. The sanctuary is at a distance of 85 km from Churu city and at 132 km from Bikaner.

Salasar Balaji Temple

Salasar Balaji

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.

Kothari and Surana Havelis

One of Kothari and Surana Haveli

Another spot for the tourists to visit in Churu district is the series of havelis (mansions) 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 was the first Marwari Shekhawati Crorepati. 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 west by the Ratangarh road, built as a relief project during the terrible ‘Chhappania Akal’, Indian famine of 1899–1900.

Sethani ji ka Johra

The water reservoir 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.

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