Nawalgarh is a small town almost at the very centre of the Shekhawati region. With some excellent accommodation options, it makes a great base for exploring the region. It boasts several fine havelis (traditional, ornately decorated residences) and a colourful and mostly pedestrian-friendly bazaar.
The town was founded in 1737 by Nawal Singh, one of the five sons of the Rajput ruler Sardul Singh. The arrival of merchants from Jaipur increased the towns prosperity, and some of India's most successful merchants, such as the wealthy Goenka family (responsible for many havelis), hailed from Nawalgarh.
The town is quite compact, and most of the havelis are easy to reach on foot.