Jhalawar, in Rajasthan, is
a charming mosaic of interwoven enigmas awaiting
answers. It is a rock-strewn, scrub-covered
land, occasionally brightened with fields of
poppies and citrus-green groves of oranges.
The 19th century saw a lot of development in
the town. It was given to the prime minister
of the kingdom of Kota, Madan Singh Jhala. An
enterprising man, he invited some of the richest
families of the region to come and settle here.
This turned the ancient garrison into a bustling
town and soon it became
the principal market town of the