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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Of these, though, Mandawa is the one town that is best set up for tourism.

Come around sometime, there is so much to see in these dusty parts. August 21, at 9: It has the most beautiful cenotaph. But even in their current state, it is easy to imagine just what these havelis may have been at the height of their opulence.

It was this battle that eventually led to the full-fledged day war that tore into the very heart of the empire. I found you through Madhu Shetty sharing this post on twitter.

Alas, wish their owners valued them. Starting in the eighteenth century haveis 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. One minute you are speeding on the National highway and the other minute you have entered a narrow, dusty road that takes you into a labyrinth of old, dilapidated buildings. Please help improve this shekgawati by adding citations to reliable sources.


Not only did the kumhars build these grand havelis, they also painted and decorated them with frescos that make Shekhawati such a unique place to visit.

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All these havelis are very beautiful love the way you captured them both with your words and the pictures. This place is so beautiful! With the migration of the Marwari traders to big cities, the locals are heavily dependent on tourism to earn a living.

I understood the transformative power of art when I first visited Shekhawati in Here one can see how the paintings on the lower parts of the walls tend to fade out and erode faster than the paintings on the higher reaches.

Thank you so much for sharing these superb images and all the information here. Even though most of the towns in the Shekhawati region are in states of disrepair, Fatehpur is even more dilapidated than the rest.

This region truly is an open museum of art and history! It began with the rule of Rao Shekha of Dhundhar who established his kingdom with Amarsar as its capital. The closest airport to Mandawa is at Jaipur and is about km away. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Haveli Nadine Le Prince also has a cafe, a small gallery that displays the work of the artist and her son and starting this year, even offers rooms to tourists.


Shekhawati was founded by Rao Sekha, a descendant of the royal house of Amer, in the 15th century in neighbouring Jaipur state. This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat Rainwater tends to damage the bricks and underlying woodwork.

The fascinating story of the abandoned havelis of Shekhawati in Rajasthan

The public nature of the artwork of Shekhawati makes the entire region akin to an open-air art gallery. The door is flanked by elephant paintings and they lead to the inner courtyard, a common feature in all havelis.

The motifs of European women being driven in a car and Wright Brothers in an aircraft are some of the prominent motifs on one of the external wall of this haveli. Savitri, a local resident of Mandawa, works shekhadati a help as well as a Sarangi player in Radhika Haveli which has now been turned into a hotel.

Beautiful pics and writeup, Divsi. The prosperous businessmen also ordered artists to decorate these grand havelis along with the step-wells and temples.

Get treated to authentic Organic farm shekhawato Rajasthani food in the villages Fit for a prince and a princess! They have their business in Kolkata, which was established 80 years back, but have decided to stay at their ancestral home and maintain it.