|Elevation||364 m (1,194 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Shahpura was the tazimi Thikana of Shekhawat Subclan. It was the head seat (Tikai Thikana) of Songara and it's an elegant setting in Rajasthan, India. It is a majestic legacy, carefully restored to its original grandeur, has created many beautiful properties that are managed by the present owners, Thakur Raja Lunavraj Singh Ji, descendants of the regal family of Shahpura. Shahpura is committed to preserving the classic elegance and courtesy of their tradition and culture, fortifying contemporary world-class comforts, intensifying guest experiences and emancipating the local community while appreciating their culture and roots.
Shahpura is a biodegradable group and has an awareness of the hazards of carbon footprints. Traditional eco-friendly Indian practices, as well as contemporary hotel execution and policies in each area strictly ensure the preservation of energy and water, as well as the use of biodegradable materials while providing a high-grade hospitality experience.
1st Term 1718-1788
The area was granted by Maharaja Lachhman Singh of Shekhawati to his son Kunwar Prithviraj Singh in year 1718 AD.
1. Kunwar Prithviraj Singh (1718-1746)
2. Kunwar Vaishraj Singh (1746-1752)
3. Kunwar Jagmal Singh (1752-1788)
2nd Term 1788-1948
Second time, Shahpura was granted to his son, Raja Ranpratap Singh by Maharaja Sambhat Singh of Shekhawati in year 1788 AD.
1. Raja Ranpratap Singh (1788-1813)
2. Thakur Raja Sursen Singh (1813-1846)
3. Thakur Raja Vijay Singh (1846-1877)
4. HH Thakur Raja Kattar Singh (1877-1897)
5. HH Thakur Raja Bahattar Singh (1897-1938)
6. HH Thakur Raja Amarraj Singh (1938-1951)
7. Thakur Raja Karanraj Singh (1951-1992)
8. Thakur Raja Lunavraj Singh (1992–Present)
Shahpura Hotels in Jaipur distinctly belong to an era in Indian history when graceful principalities across Rajasthan and other regions were regulated by royal families whose coat of arms (a later adaptation), spoke of bravery, faithfulness, and honor.
The Rajput countries interacted with the Mughal powers and the British, to create eccentric inheritance which preserved much of the original flavor of the land and combined the best impacts from these outside cultures. Shahpura, according to the Rajputana enumeration of 1879, was a large and developed town governed by the Zagirdaar of Shahpura.
The history of Shekhawati was discovered back to the 14th Century, a number of Muslim clans moved into the area and the towns which became unique trading posts on the caravan ways emerging from the ports of Gujrat. On September 24, 1433, Raja Shekha was born, at the uncertain hamlet of ‘Amra Dhabai ki Dhani’ to Mokal Kachawaha and his wife Nirwan. Mokal was a tribal chief who clenched the estate of Nan in fief from the leader of Amber (Jaipur). The story of Shekha’s birth is fascinating. Mokal and Nirwan were much problematic as they had no son for several years. They heard about the supernatural powers of the Sheikh Burhan, a Muslim vagrant. They expressed to pay the man a visit. After they acquired the blessings of the Sheikh, a son was born to the couple. In privilege of the vagrant, the couple named his son Shekha. In 1459, Mokal died and was flourished in his estates by Shekha. He was a Tazimi Sardar of the King of Amber (Jaipur) and he was formerly a slave of that court. Shekha is praised with having originated the town of Amarsar.
As the Mughal Empire demolished into decline afterward the death of Aurangzeb in 1707. The descendants of Raja Shekha, who had already placed themselves in areas to the east of the Aravali Range, began to trespass on the divisions to the north and west. Today this region surrounds the administrative districts of Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar, and is well known as Shekhawati. The chieftains of the region retained a formal faithfulness to the Rajput states of Jaipur and Amber, who in turn privileged them with hereditary titles well known as Tazimi Sardars. It was probably submissions to the courts of Jaipur and Amber which inspired the chieftains, who were known as Thakurs, or barons, to consigned the first of the thousands of murals which adorned their hotels, or mansions. By 1732, two of these chieftains, Sardul Singh and Shiv Singh had disposed of the nawabs of Fatehpur and Jhunjhunu and British Ports at Bombay and Calcutta were able to control a much big volume of trade than those at Gujarat.
Raja Shekha Ji from Dhundhar confirmed his own independent country with the capital at Amarsar. He was the first independent lord. After him, Raja Raimal, Raja Suja and Raja Lunkaran become the leaders of Amarsar. Raja Manohar succeeded his father Raja Lunkaran and established Manoharpur afterward renamed "Shahpura" (The present ruler of Shahpura is the Tikai of Shekhawat subclan). Shekhawats annihilated the Jhunjhunu, Fatehpur, Narhar of Kaimkhanis and established their rule on them. Shahpura (Manoharpur) is a chief seat of the Shekhawat Clan of Rajput’s and the prominent Shekhawati acquires its name from it. It is named after the Raja Shekhaji founder ruler of Shekhawat and the Manoharpur Shahpura Family are the descendants from Raja Shekhaji.
Pratap Singh Ji's Grandson & Kunwar Kalyan Singh Ji's son Dheer Singh was a renowned statesman of Shahpura who had reached the Raja title In the 19th century. He later became Minister and displayed the entire power. His descendant, Maharaj Surendra Singh the present owner gave the heritage buildings for restoration and improvement. He also recreated and re-furnished their old noble place into a hotel in Shahpura which is 300 years Old.
The Two heritage structures are:
The Haveli, built by the noblemen of the court of the royal family, is located in Shahpura Village in Shekhawati. The interiors of the Haveli are composed in the ancient architectural style of Rajasthan: marble floors, intricately ornamented pillars, mosaic walls (with tiny pieces of small inlaid stones), with luxurious carpets, and decorated with old wall paintings (hunting scenes, floral motifs and so forth). At the entrance gate of the Haveli is a unique piece of a large sized treasure chest made of dark wood with marble settings. The frescoes in the Durbar hall are said to be 300 years old. The Haveli is built on three levels (planned in a sequence of courtyards of increasing height) with a patio on each floor. There is an old ruined fort above the Haveli from where a panoramic view of the valley could be seen. The fort area is overgrown with vegetation but stone paved paths have been built to reach the fort heights. Shahpura Haveli was the former residence of the Maharaja. It is said that an underground passage links it to the fort that provided access at times of emergency. There are also ancient temples near the Haveli which were built at the time when maharaja used to live there.
The Shahpura village near the Haveli is noted for its cloth made by block printing and also for handicrafts such as bangle making, Leather mojri. There is a small artists' colony in the village where miniature paintings are made.
The House is built facing north. It has an elegant painted Durbar hall with Gold all over the walls and ceiling. It was also the residence of the Shahpura Royalty to Stay in Jaipur. The House has an unique ambiance of the historic juxtaposed against a contemporary setting. The Traditional Rajput architect, a mixture of Mughal and Indian, a facade with domes and frescoes. The House is a very fine example of Shekhawati frescos and architecture. The family portraits, which add to the charm of this hotel where tradition still runs strong.
The Shahpura Family, with the hotels, synonymously encourages education in the community and accommodate with healthcare. The present owner of Shahpura Hotels Maharaj Surendra Singh’s wife Rani Ratna Kumari has started a foundation by the name of Rani Ratna Kumari foundation. The foundation Talk to a local regional individual of Shahpura and the gratification and shine on his face as he converses about the Shahpura Family, their admiration, the family and its history, tells you more than just a simple story.
It demonstrates an intense participation and love raised caringly over the long years of service and support, For the people of Shahpura and the villages around. Shahpura Hotels is woven into and encourage their lives. For us at Shahpura Hotels, the people, and the region are our family.
Shahpura Hotels protects a supportive and progressive community by giving employment in countless ways to the people of the villages. At the hotels, most of the staff that serves comes from neighboring homes and they are trained by specialists at Shahpura. Local produce is bought for the kitchens such as stone, the fabric, the arts, crafts, the glass work and other decorations utilized in the hotels are constructed and crafted by local craftsman and artists. Reconstruction and preservation of the work are often entrusted by local skills. It runs, hospitals, veterinary clinics, and schools in the village. They constructed and maintained temples to support the faith of the people. They bring in companies that sponsor health care and education. Shahpura is filled with the guests and the hotels. But we will never forget that the soul of Shahpura is its people.
As of 2001[update] India census, Shahpura had a population of 28,170. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Shahpura has an average literacy rate of 58%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 71%, and female literacy is 43%. In Shahpura, 17% of the population is under six years of age.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.