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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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If you are not keen on staying at Mandawa, Nawalgarh is your other best option. Intricate shekbawati on the upper part of one of the doors of Morarka Haveli in Nawalgarh. The first floor rooms are especially magical and you would be forgiven for thinking you were stepping into a giant jewelry box what with intricate mirrorwork all over it.

The Havelis of Shekhawati – The Bum who Travels

The present-day Shekhawati was established along an old caravan trade route by the Shekhawat Rajputs; these brave men ruled the region shekhawxti up until India won its independence.

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century India was a time of anarchy and chaos. Come around sometime, there is so much to see in these dusty parts. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

One of the walls of Kedia Haveli in Fatehpur Shekhawati.

Shekhaati are hardly interested in the history and frescoes and seem be simply crossing an item off their bucket list. Steeped in wealth and affluence, these merchants got busy outdoing others in building more grand edifices — homes, temples, step wells which were richly decorated both inside and outside with painted murals. Haveli Nadine Le Prince also has a cafe, a small gallery that displays the work of the artist shekhawafi her son and starting this year, even offers rooms to tourists.


Vishnu along with his two brothers has been painting and restoring the havelis for the last 20 years. The number of Torans outside the house signify the number of daughters who havflis married!

This part of Rajasthan can get really cold in the winters, especially when the sun decides to disappear behind the clouds and fog takes over. Mandawa has several havelis, some grander than the others and some others in various states of disrepair. Nadine Le Prince invites volunteers who havelix months helping her with the restoration work and even work as guides.

Main attractions of the place: Other than usage of painting and carved woodwork, the exterior facade also uses glass chips as a decorative material. Hailing from Samode village near Jaipur, Suresh learnt this art from friends. Here one can see hwvelis ruined state of the havelis due to lack of proper preservation measures.

The story has changed since. InFatehpur was established as a capital for the nawabs. Kaimkhani is a branch emerged from Chauhans. In ancient times Shekhawati was not limited to the present two districts.

The haveli was built around the 19th century and has been converted into a museum now. Perhaps the best-known havelis of Jhunjhunu are the Modi Havelis pictured below. Note that several of the havelis in the Shekhawati region are abandoned or locked up. It haveli about four hours and costs around Rs for a bus ticket.

The fascinating story of the abandoned havelis of Shekhawati in Rajasthan

Entrance to a haveli owned by Madhusudan Khemani. And sooo many of them scattered all over the region! There has recently been a court order from the Government of Rajasthan to preserve these shekhawafi. Unlike the latter, the Geori Shankar Haveli is inhabited and the family will be happy to welcome you… for a small price, of course.


This page was last edited on 15 Novembersshekhawati The entrances of havelis in Shekhawati region are typically flanked by raised seats or raised platforms which are used by pedestrians to shekbawati on. Vishnu is making colours by grinding the Hansraj stones which are sourced from mountain areas and are expensive.

All these havelis are privately owned and hence receive almost no patronage from the government. The paintings in the niches over each doorway have portraits of various rulers. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


The arrival of the British brought better protection for life and property, technological advancements from Europe and the opening of global trade via sea routes. Rigveda also provides certain evidences in this matter. Shekhawati is a semi-arid historical region located in the northeast part of RajasthanIndia. Its palaces and forts have provided sheekhawati moments to foreign tourists visiting the country.

Mandawa is best approached from Jaipur. Get treated to authentic Organic farm fresh Rajasthani food in the villages Fit for a prince and a princess! Out of 16 mahajanapadas prior to Buddhaonly two janapadas, namely Avanti and the Kingdom of Virata were counted in Rajasthan area.

Who painted it so intricately?