Seven kilometres south of Jhalawar, the walled town of Jhalrapatan (City of Temple Bells) once had more than 100 temples. Far fewer remain now, but the huge 11th-century Surya Temple, in the busy heart of town, is the pride of the region. Also here are the 11th-century Shantinath Jain Temple – colourful, brightly painted and restored with intricately carved statues, an inlaid black-and-white marble floor, and two huge stone elephants – and the Sheetaleshvara Temple, a fine example of Gupta architecture.
One kilometre east of the town centre, the enchanting and peaceful 7th-century Chandrabhaga Temple is set in well-kept gardens on the banks of the holy Chandrabhaga River. Ghats along the riverbank harbour some hidden-away erotic carvings.
If you are visiting during October or November, you should look out for the huge Chandrabhaga Fair, a lively cattle fair that consumes the town.