Head over to the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan and discover wall paintings in the Shekhawati havelis (mansions) of Fatehpur, Nawalgarh. Though the havelis in Shekhawati might look dilapidated from the outside, some of them are still active as living spaces. I met Shakti Kaloya and his family, who. Shekhawati in Rajasthan is an offbeat region famous for antique havelis with intricate frescos and doors. Here is a guide to the villages of.

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Stunning Architecture of Abandoned Havelis in Shekhawati!

Send photos from your travels to travel corp. This leads to decay, weakening and ultimately to the collapse of the buildings. The religious importance of Shekhawati The region we know as Shekhawati has a special place in Hindu mythology. My curiosity led me to question my guide, who explains that these are symbols of marriage.

Spent 4 days here 5 years ago and Shekhawati still remains as one of the best places I have ever explored.

After the collapse of Gupta dynastyShekhawati’s some parts like JhunjhunuFatehpurNarhar were controlled by the Kaimkhanisuntil they were defeated by Shekhawat Rajputs. The best way to explore it is through a hired vehicle from Jaipur. Locals who saw a tourist instantly knew where they were headed. The annual Shekhawati Festival is held in February, which is held in Nawalgarh and showcases the best of local talent gives you another reason to visit the region.

My first stop was in Mandawa, conveniently connected by road to Delhi and Jaipur. Every janapada was a free republic state. The art of fresco paintings was alive for as many as three centuries before the families began moving out of the region to newer centers of businesses. However, the golden age started to decline in the 20th century as the traders moved out of the town permanently to settle in the big cities and Mandawa became deserted.

Staying in these heritage hotels is a great way to experience the traditions and ideals of a long-lost era. To preserve the beauty the mansions and promote Shekhawati as a tourist spot, selling havelis to someone who could harm its heritage look is not encouraged.


The increased influence of the British and other western powers, frescos began to feature European women and men. The Shekhawati region has the highest literacy in the state.

Mandawa is well connected with Delhi and Jaipur, which makes it a convenient base for exploring the other smaller towns of the region. He asks me if I would want to see a unique collection of doors. She bought it from the Devra family and spent years restoring the Haveli to bring back its lost grandeur.

This place is definitely going on my wishlist. Its area is square kilometers. Shekhawati was established and ruled by Shekhawat Rajputs until India’s independence. The best time to visit it is in the winters: The region we know as Shekhawati has a special place in Hindu mythology.

Havelis are huge mansions built by wealthy marwari merchants around years ago.

While Jhunjhunu, Mandawa, Nawalgarh and Fatehpur are the major towns in the Shekhawati region, there are others too that have similar havelis. Mahansar in Shekhawatiwas like any other Indian village: Between Nawalgarh and Mandawa, we preferred to set up our base in the latter. Summers are especially hot with temperatures going as high as 50 degrees C. The book traces the rich history of the town, which was established in the middle of the 18th century.

Rao Shekha from Dhundhar established his own independent kingdom with the capital at Amarsar. It is thus that you have Radha and Krishna flying around in a gondola-like contraption that looks in part like a car and on the other hand there is a portrait of Queen Victoria and King George. Its palaces and forts have provided picture-perfect moments to foreign tourists visiting the country. Rajasthan has quite a few hidden gems which are not even listed on most tourist maps. The palate of colours consists of a variety of ochres in red, yellow, brown, vermilion and maroon which are made from different minerals.


Shekhawati is a dialect of the Rajasthani language and is spoken by about three million speakers in the ChuruJhunjhunuand Sikar districts of Rajasthan. I have never been tempted to visit this region because Havelis are not fascinating for me — we would visit our hometown every year where we have our own Haveli. The revival of tourism has provided new employment opportunities for the locals.

Almost 90 per cent of the haveli owners are now in Kolkata, the rest have moved to Mumbai, Delhi and other cities.

Fading Grandeur: The Havelis of Shekhawati | Sahapedia

Rainwater tends to damage the bricks and underlying woodwork. After feasting on the local delicacies: Shekhawats conquered the Jhunjhunu, Fatehpur, Narhar of Kaimkhanis and established their rule in and ruled till Starting in the eighteenth century and continuing till the twentieth, this nouveau riche merchant class constructed havelis and grand mansions throughout Rajasthan in places like Bundi, Kota, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Mewar, Marwar, Jodhpur, Amer, Dungarpur dhekhawati Shekhawati.

Stay in Touch Never miss another update again. Many historians have considered this region included in the Matsya Kingdom. November 30, at Located 60 kilometers to the west of Jaipur, Sambhar is a quaint, yet picturesque tow.

He learnt the art from fellow artist friends at a very young age. Fatehpur and the Haveli restored by a French artist: Savitri, a local resident of Mandawa, works as a help as well as havslis Sarangi player in Radhika Haveli which has now been turned into a hotel.

Rich marwari merchants have been pouring money into Shekhawati making it a rapidly growing area. This was because the first clan ruling this region, in the Mahabharata period, were descendants of fishermen. This has compromised the structural integrity of the buildings, many of which are several centuries sbekhawati.

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