It is the 'gateway' to the Thar desert, boasts of untapped desert experiences and spectacular painted havelis, and yet, Churu — a sleepy town on the border of Bikaner, has never been on the list of 'go to' places in Rajasthan.
Yet, there are a multiple reasons why heading to Churu is a great idea — especially those from Delhi looking to spend a lazy weekend in a part of Rajasthan that is still not commercialised.
Cut to a sunny winter afternoon, and one is escorted to a stretch in the wilderness, where Prem Sarovar, a 100-year-old resting place for travellers of yore, doubles up to be the lunch venue in the present. A nap under the sun, after the lunch, on the gaddas, completes a sunny Sunday. Wildlife enthusiasts can wake up early in the day to take a jungle jeep safari to nearby Tal Chhapar sanctuary to spot deers, birds and cranes, in winter.
The Shekhawati region in eastern Rajasthan is famous for its fresco-painted havelis. And though Churu does not fall in that region, it does boast of a range of painted havelis that are several hundred years old.
Heritage stay:Like most small towns, Churu has no hotels. The only place to stay there is Malji Ka Kamra (maljikakamra.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)
(The writer's trip was sponsored by Malji Ka Kamra)