Rajgarh Palace near Begu

Lake Rajgarh along with a beautiful palace and a Shiv temple was built by Rawat Raj Singh ji in 1630 AD. It is situated 7 kms away from Fort Begu. Rajgarh Palace has a Shiv temple on one side and is situated in the lake connected to the land by a causeway. Along the embankment of the lake grows a 50 acre lush green orchard which was once a hunting reserve. During the winter season migratory birds and waterfowls throng the lake.

This is the lake where the 125 kg stone SHILA (structure) was floated for the first time by Rawat Devi Singh ji. The bards then composed a couplet in praise of him which is recited even today. The couplet is

“Deva thari Devgat, Hari jaane ke hode,
Paani par patthar tire, sat jaane Shishod.”

How the stone floats in water still remains a mystery.


11th century Menal Temple complex near Begu

The ancient name is MAHA–NAL which means the "GREAT CHASM." Menal is a temple complex overlooking the gorge of Menali River situated about 20 kms away from Begu. It has a picturesque 120 feet water fall which is active from July to September and is a feast for the eyes. The lush green valley and the gorge afford a breathtaking view of the place. Situated on a plateau it is an ideal place for trekking, and horse and camel rides from Begu.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the entrance of the main temple is marked by huge gateways and a statue of Nandi Bull adorns the front. The walls of the temple are carved with images of Shiva and Parvati and also, there is some erotic art, similar to that found on the walls of the famous Khajuraho temples.

This place was earlier under the rule of the Hada Princes of Bundi but was subsequently captured by the rulers of Begu. It had been a part of the private property of the Begu family till 1955 after which the Archaeological Survey of India took it over.


Dwarkadhish temple at the Fort

There are eight temples within the Fort of Begu. One of them is dedicated to Dwarkadhish - Lord Krishna. The deity is worshipped following the Vaishnav rituals formulated by the great saint Vallabhacharya. The main idol is at Kankroli near the holy town of Nathdwara. One such idol of Dwarkadhish was brought by Rawat Maha Singh ji II from Kankroli for worship to Begu and he placed it within the palace. The family of Begu has had the opportunity to patronize the shrine of Kankroli for many years.