A long and bumpy road takes one to the dusty town of Jhalawar in the Hadoti region of southeastern Rajasthan. At first, this remote town to a large extent looks very uninteresting, mostly a highway pit stop. But below the dust, this region is home to rare and beautiful architectural and cultural gems. Although, the monuments here are not in the best condition, the heritage value of the structures are simply undeniable. One can find sculptures dating back to the 8th century, a hill fort which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with medieval rock cut Buddhist caves, which happen to be the only ones in the state of Rajasthan.
The town of Jhalawar is named after the Jhalas, a clan of Rajput Chauhan warriors. The town was founded in the year 1791 and part of the Kota kingdom.