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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The panels between the chajjas has religious themes painted on the vertical face and portraits of various rulers and family members on the horizontal face.

Firuz Shah Tughluq converted him to Islam and named him Kaimkhan. Would share it sometime. In their claims to certain privileges led to a series of clashes between them and the Rajputs, who resisted their attempts to revise accepted signs of status. The prosperous businessmen also ordered artists to decorate these grand havelis along with the step-wells and temples.

Hailing from Samode village near Jaipur, Suresh learnt this art from friends. The revival of tourism has provided new employment opportunities for the locals. Even though the Shekhawati region is located in the very popular triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Bikaner, it is often passed up for more popular destinations. Built in the 19th century by Shri Jaichandji Morarka, this haveli has been turned into a museum in order to conserve it. Most operators will be happy to pick you up from and drop you back to Jaipur.

The story behind abandoned havelis The region was established along an old caravan trade route by the Shekhawat Rajputs. One wall features the festivities of Teej while another one has a long locomotive crossing a bridge. It was this battle that eventually led to the full-fledged day war that tore into the very heart of the empire.


The feudal mode of social relations as a dominant force guided everyday life of the people of Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. A painting from one of the well maintained Havelis in the region A jewel from Mukundgarh When to go 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.

The presence of high tone at suprasegmental level classifies it with other dialects of Rajasthani.

The climate of the desert region is harsh and extreme. Get treated to authentic Organic farm fresh Rajasthani food in the villages Fit for a prince and a princess!

The frescos around it vied for my attention, but my eyes scanned the length of the door. Suresh and Vishnu, along with their team, are painting the rooms of Mandawa Fort, now converted into a heritage hotel. The facade on the exteriors fooled me to think this room to be a godown of sorts, but once I entered the door and I was left spellbound.

Stunning Architecture of Abandoned Havelis in Shekhawati!

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikivoyage. Bharatpur district Dholpur district Karauli district Sawai Madhopur district. You can spend an entire day visiting almost all of these havelis but chances are you will get bored as the story behind every haveli is practically the same and most havelis are in such state of disrepute it burns your heart to just look at them.

They have their business in Kolkata, which was established 80 years back, but have decided to stay at their ancestral home and maintain it. Creation Desk Acivity My Group. Banwari, who is more than 60 years of age, goes about cleaning the courtyard. Since it covers some km, you will need to set up base and travel to and from it.


Rao Shekha from Dhundhar established his own independent kingdom with the capital at Amarsar. More From News Travel. 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.

Shekhawats ruled over the largest number of Thikanas in Jaipur Rajwara. On top is an installation of a pair of cows attending haveelis Lord Krishna, flanked by two gopis.

Shekhawati – Wikipedia

There is also a fort that stands shekhawayi its heart and is now a charming heritage hotel. Vishnu along with his two brothers has been painting and restoring the havelis for the last 20 years. Historical shehkawati of North India. As a result of today, almost every single haveli in the Shekhawati region is neglected and mostly occupied by just one person: I have been asked by my readers on twitter and instagram to write an article on Shekhawati for quite some time now.

The Havelis of Shekhawati

The panel above the door has an image of Ganesha and a gathering of various Hindu gods anointing Lord Shekhawti and Radha. The motifs on the havelis show the various influences on the artists and their art. The paintings on the facade range from the popular Radha Krishna to that of British soldiers wielding guns.