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Shekhawati, meaning the garden of Shekha, derives its name from Rao
Shekha, its former ruler. Situated in the Delhi-Bikaner-Jaipur triangle,
Shekhawati is a semi desert region in north Rajasthan. Known as the
"Open art gallery of Rajasthan", this region is mainly famous
for its amazing havelis richly painted and decorated. These havelis
of Shekhawati in Rajasthan, India were built by the wealthy merchants
of the past. They served as a measure of the prosperity and success
of the merchants. The grander the haveli, the more prosperous the
merchant was believed to be. This Shekhawati city guide will help
you in further exploring this area.
Tourist Attractions in Shekhawati
beautiful and fascinating havelis of Shekhawati have proved to be
a major tourist appeal. Striking architecture, graceful interiors
and massive parapets of the havelis stand witness to the wealth and
prosperity of the Marwari merchants. Adorned with exquisite murals
and delicately latticed and carved windows, these havelis present
an awe-inspiring sight. Almost every havelis is decorated with magnificent
mirror work and paintings festooned with gold or silver leaf. During
the old days, these wooden carvings and gold and silver paintings
were assumed to be symbolical of the owner's status and wealth.
Amongst the other places to see in Shekhawati, is the town of Dundlod,
situated in the center of the Shekhawati region. The main attractions
of the town are its fort and havelis, dating back to the 18th century.
The famous havelis of Dundlod are Jagathia and Goenka havelis.
peace and serenity to its visitors, is the town of Jhunjhunu. It is
another town famous for its marvelously painted havelis. One of the
known havelis is the Modi Haveli, housing some of the best paintings
of the Shekhawati area. Then, there is also the Tibrewala Haveli,
having numerous murals on it, along with colored glass windows. Amongst
the other tourist attractions of Jhunjhunu, are Khetri Mahal (18th
century), Bihariji Temple and Mertani Baori (step-well). All of these
stand adorned with exquisite paintings.
town of Fatehpur was once under the rule of the Muslim Nawabs. A historic
town in Shekhawati, Fatehpur has some beautiful havelis. The famous
Devra and Singhania havelis of the town are adorned with murals that
are of Indo-western style. Another havelis, Goenka has brilliant frescoes
paintings, with some of them depicting Lord Krishna.
city of Nawalgarh that is located 30 kms southeast of Fatehpur has
some of the finest artifacts of the Shekhawati region. The town with
the largest number of Havelis from the Shekhawati region emanates
the charm of ancient Rajasthani culture. The Havelis at the town are
the mansions that boast of the beautifully engraved wooden gates and
the painted walls. The walls of these Havelis cover a lot of stories
in the shape of paintings. The most famous among them are the life
sketches of Lord Krishna.
medieval fort of Mandawa appears to be rising gradually on the horizon
like a mirage. A painted arched gateway festooned with Lord Krishna
and his cows leads to the market. A fine view of the town can be seen
from the terrace of the citadel of Mandawa. Chokhani, Saraf, Goenka
and Ladia havelis are the buildings worth visiting at least once.
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Shopping in Shekhawati
Shopping places in Shekhawati, Rajasthan can also provide you with
some excellent furniture. Carved and decorated chests, chairs, cradles,
low tables, stools, etc are very much preferred by the Shekhawati
shoppers. There are numerous other utilities made up of wood like
made-as-old furniture available in the city. Apart from these wooden
items, the popular shopping items of Shekhawati include textiles,
tie-dye fabrics, brass and iron scissors, metal utensils, bangles,
How to Getting Shekhawati
How to Reach Shekhawati by Air:
The nearest airport is at
Jaipur, which is 150 km away.
How to Reach Shekhawati by Rail :
Since the railway track
that connects Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner passes through Shekhawati,
Shekhawati is well connected by trains also.
How to Reach Shekhawati by Road :
Lots of buses and taxis
ply between Shekhawati and other destination in Rajasthan owing
to a good network of roads.