Khatushyamji or Khatu is a popular pilgrimage site in the Sikar district of Rajasthan. As per the Hindu mythology, Khatu is the God of the Kaliyuga and it is believed that Lord Krishna had declared that Shyamji’s (Barbarika) devotees would be blessed and their wishes would be granted. An architectural marvel, the temple is constructed from Makrana marble. You will be astonished by the detailing in the structure. The prayer hall has elaborated paintings, the shutters of the sanctum covered with silver sheets, and the gates feature lovely ornamental floral designs.
You can take a dip in the Shyam Kund, a holy pond near the temple which is believed to cure ailments and bring good health. Another must-attend event here is the Khatushyamji Fair, held between February and March. Experience the cultural shows, beautifully decorated shops for Rajasthani craftwork and enjoy the delicious sweets.
You could also explore other local attractions in Sikar, such as the Harshnath Temple, Jeenmata Temple, Gourishankar, Shyam Bagichi, Laxmangarh Fort and Madho Nivas Kothi.
The easiest way to get to Khatu is to take a flight to Delhi or Jaipur and then travel by road. Take a self-drive Zoomcar as it gives you the liberty to drive at your comfort while also ensuring you stop to sneak into the local attractions. We recommend you take the road via NH8 if you’re coming from Delhi. Take the Delhi – Gurugram – Rewari – Neemrana – Kotputli – Khelana – Khatu route. It will take you about 5 hours to get here (300 kms).
If you are coming from Jaipur, the temple is about 80 km. The best route is via Khatipura Road and Hanspura road. Take the Sawai Jai Singh Highway to Jaipur Road/Sikar Road to Agra – Bikaner Road (NH11) – MDR46 – Khatu. The perk of having your own self-drive car is that you can drive through the Pink City. Spend a day here, take a stroll at the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace & Museum and then head towards Khatu. For those of you heading back via Jaipur, you could visit the Moti Dungri Temple next to Birla Mandir.
You could also get to Khatu via Udaipur (415 kms). Take the Udaipur – Ajmer – Jaipur – Khatu route.
Best time to visit:
Winter: 6.00 am to 12.00 am and 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Summer: 4.30 am to 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm
To book a Zoomcar to visit Khatushyamji, click here!