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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Application of a brilliant blue colour, made from indigo, helps in adding contrast and highlight to the paintings. Then there is the Khedwal Bhavan which is inhabited and features some beautiful mirrorwork as well as some fine blue tilework.

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. Most of their havelis are either abandoned or locked up and a few have been left in the hands of the caretakers.

The kingdom found itself in the center of the feud between the Pandavas and the Kauravas when the exiled cousins took refuge here in the final year of their exile when they were supposed to live incognito.

The fascinating story of the abandoned havelis of Shekhawati in Rajasthan

The Havelis were two storeyed and flights of stairs led to the upper section. Hehe, I remember telling you years ago about Shekhawati.

After feasting on the local delicacies: They also own a shop in Mandawa Fort, through which they sell paintings which they make in their free time. The motifs on the havelis show the various influences on the artists and their art.


This was the old capital hsekhawati the region and continues to remain the largest town here. Haveli Nadine Le Prince is unarguably the most well-preserved haveli in the entire region.


And in some others the imagination of the artist fills the gap that his limited worldview cannot; thus you have frescos depicting Europeans taking a ride shekhawait a hot air balloon that is being blown into! Havelis are huge mansions built by wealthy marwari merchants around years ago. Located around km away from Jaipur, the small town is positioned in the very popular triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Bikaner and spread across some shekhqwati. The Sikhs and Marathas were consolidating political power and competing for ruling India against a rapidly encroaching colonial agency, the British East India Company.


Usage of specific materials, particularly coloured glass, was a sign of opulence and the trading nature of the Marwaris because it was very difficult to procure them. Post your comments in the discussion board below; we will be thrilled to hear from you! Rich marwari merchants have been pouring money shekhawafi Shekhawati making it a rapidly growing area.

Sonthalia Gate of Mandawa, with elaborate jharokhas.

By February, the weather is comfortably pleasant and by March you can sjekhawati the impending summer. While Jhunjhunu, Mandawa, Nawalgarh, and Fatehpur are the major towns in the Shekhawati region, there are others too that have similar havelis.

The story behind havslis havelis The region was established along an old caravan trade route by havlis Shekhawat Rajputs. 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. Tourism in sheohawati real sense has dwindled. More often than not this haveli is locked but you can enter the first courtyard to get a glimpse of what the rest of the haveli must look like.


Creation Desk Acivity My Group. The weather in the region can be very harsh and so visiting during summers is completely out of the question. Between Nawalgarh and Mandawa, we preferred to set up our base in the latter. Some have been creatively converted into table tops enclosed in glass. 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.

Ajmer district Bhilwara district Nagaur district Tonk district. As new floors and more buildings were added, the havelis kept getting bigger with each passing generation. The name of the gate is inscribed around the windows on the second floor.

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Also, temperatures in the region can be very harsh and extreme. Camouflaged under unkempt creepers and easily missable. The pilasters are painted with floral motifs while the niches above have scenes of riders on a variety of animals.

Mandawa has the most variety of hotels and inns. Fatehpur and the Haveli restored by a French artist: The larger your home and the more the frescos you have on your walls, the richer and powerful you are. However, there are also scenes from the royal court, street processions and observation of festivals. August 21, at 9: An early motorcar is seen painted above the window on the ground floor.