The fort of Dundlod is an embodiment of the cultural amalgamation of the Rajputana and Mughal Schools of Art and Architecture. Its motif of flowers and foliage, minarets, mythological paintings, archaic furniture, wall hangings of arrows, and shields have remained unchanged since ages. Staying in Dundlod Fort is almost like living through the days of James Tod who once described the splendors of Rajasthan. On every dawn the first ray of the sun falls over the fort as an eternal blessing to this land of mystique and charisma.
The Diwan Khana is built in the Mughal architectural style and is furnished with Louis the XIV furniture. It has a magnificent library, with a very rich collection of rare books on Indian history. One can see the family portraits of the thakurs, which remind one of the times gone by. Above this lies the Duchatta from where the ladies watched the court ceremonies in purdah.
The Tuganram Goenka Haveli is often locked but one can see fine mirror work above the windows on the upper walls of the courtyard. Finely preserved paintings under the eaves mostly comprise portraits in round frames. The haveli opposite this one is interesting, as the work could not be completed and it is possible to see how the artist sketched the drawings before adding color. Pictures include those of an elephant, a camel and its rider, and a horse.
Other attractions in Dundlod include the Jagathia Haveli and Satyanarayan Temple.
Places Around Dundlod
Nawalgarh is situated around seven km south of Dundlod and famous for its fort, built in 1737. Other attractions here include the havelis of Anandi Lal Poddar, Aath Haveli, Hem Raj Kulwal Haveli, Bhagton Ki Haveli, and Khedwal Bhavan.
Parsurampura is located some 27 km south east of Dundlod and has the distinction of having the best-preserved and oldest paintings in the Shekhawati region.
Mukundgarh is around six km north west of Dundlod and a tiny village famous for its fort and havelis.
Mandawa is around 30 km north west of Dundlod and now a popular destination with tourists. There are quite a good number of antique shops here. This village was settled in the 18th century and fortified by the wealthy merchants of the village. There are a few good havelis and heritage hotels in this village.