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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Like what you’ve read? The closest airport to Mandawa is at Jaipur and is about km away. Should it come as a surprise that Rajasthan featured among the top ten states that welcomed not just foreign tourists but also Indian tourists in ?

The carriage which is positioned on the back of an elephant is called howdah; it was used to carry kings and royals. But unlike other parts of Rajasthan that are dotted with majestic forts and spectacular views, most places in the Shekhawati region are typical of Indian small towns — chaotic and forgettable.

History has it that in the 17th to 19th centuries, Marwari merchants constructed these grand havelis in the Shekhawati region. The development of janapadas in Rajasthan started with habitation of Aryan.

Who painted it so intricately? Even though it is a very important dialect from the grammatical and literary points of view, shehkawati little work is carried out on it.

Application of a brilliant blue colour, made from indigo, helps in adding contrast and highlight to the paintings. 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 and Shekhawati.

Stunning Architecture of Abandoned Havelis in Shekhawati!

They have also been the largest source of income for the region and its rulers. Typical tourists hoping for a quick glance of this region choose to visit Nawalgarh and Mandawa, being the most famous towns of them all.


Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli is probably the most picturesque one. He asks me if I would want to see a unique collection of doors.

It was this battle that eventually led to the full-fledged day war that tore into the very heart of the empire. Almost all the havelis had a similar architectural pattern.

For example, here we see the portraits of King George V and Queen Mary painted in one of the panels above the arched entrance, right next to a panel showing Shiva granting a boon to a couple. In ancient times Shekhawati was not limited to the present two districts.

The region we know as Shekhwati has shekhawxti special place in Hindu mythology. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Here, on the walls of Kedia Haveli in Fatehpur Shekhawati, one can see a painting of the Goddess Lakshmi between the windows on the first floor. The kingdom havslis under the rule of his descendants. So what are you waiting for?

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Shekhawati. The themes painted on the walls of the Vishnunath Keria Haveli depict a marriage of the old and the new. Each region in Rajasthan has its own style of Havelis.


Shekhawati was founded by Rao Sekha, a descendant of the royal house of Amer, in the 15th century in neighbouring Jaipur state. I have read and agree to the.

The trading community not only invested in their own havelis but also engaged in many philanthropic activities by sponsoring the construction of schools, hospitals, baolis, dharamshalas and temples. Gardener, who used the havvelis Shekhawati in What makes the Shekhawati region stand out?

Oh you have made me want to return to India! Savitri, a local resident of Mandawa, works as a help as well as a Sarangi player in Radhika Haveli which has now been turned into a hotel. Elephants, ladies and Indian sepoys were a common feature on the walls.


The name of the gate off inscribed around the windows on the second floor. As we walk in the lanes, he tells me most of the Havelis are out of bounds to visitors.

As new floors and more buildings were added, the havelis kept getting bigger with each passing generation. From Jaipur, Fatehpur is km 3 hoursChuru is Km 3.

As decades passed, the region attracted merchants from the neighboring Marwari community who set up their homes here.

Stunning Architecture of Abandoned Havelis in Shekhawati!

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikivoyage. I read your comment and wish to be transported to one of those obscure towns right now! It has contributed a lot to the sjekhawati of Rajasthani language and linguistics. Shekhawati is in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, and has special importance in the history of India. Portrait paintings were popular as a means of recording family history and genealogy.

The Lost Havelis of Shekhawati – Quirky Wanderer

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. For example, railways and cars are often featured alongside religious icons in the same shared space. Such places are a few of the heritages shekhawai of the medieval era. It was at the fag end of the lonely street. The prosperous businessmen also ordered artists to decorate these grand havelis along with the step-wells and temples.