So want to get off the grid? Are you looking for an exotic weekend getaway from Delhi which is still unexplored and free from the maddening crowd? Wanna jet away to a place where you can not only relax but also enjoy your vacation with your family and friends?
Do you know that there are many unexplored places in Rajasthan which are as historical and as exotic and enchanting as any other place in the Royal state of Rajasthan. Do you know that there are number of places in Rajasthan that are getting a lot of buzz in the travel world right now
Raising a toast to the explorer within you, here is an exotic getaway for you to consider for your next vacation.
Don't say that you have already visited Rajasthan before exploring the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Havelis of Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan must be in your bucket list
Shekhawati means the garden of Shekha. The name Shekhawati comes from Rao Shekha, a Kachhwaha satrap, who had dominated and conquered large parts of the region in the fifteenth century. However under the reign of Shardul Singh in 18th century Shekhawati region reached its political zenith.
Mandawa town is located about 35 kms from Jhunjunu. The Small but elegant town Mandawa was established in the year 1756, when Nawal Singh built the fort which is now converted into the hotel called Castle Mandawa. The town however became a full-fledged town after Nawal Singh’s 2 grandsons made mandawa their home at the close of the 18th century.
Fatehpur is situated on the west of Mandawa about 19 Kms from Mandawa and around 15 km south of Ramgarh, Fatehpur was founded by Fateh Khan in 1451 and is one of the oldest towns in Shekhawati. Fatehgarh town has a rich history because of which it has some impressive step-wells and joharas (reservoirs). Fatehgarh at one point in time was also home to well-known Marwari business families such as Poddars, the Singhanias, Devras and Saraogis, who have built some of the most magnificently decorated havelis in the Shekhawati region.
Don’t miss the Nand Lal Devra now known as the Nadine le Prince Haveli. It was bought by the French woman for a whopping 3 million rupees in 1998. She is a painter herself and till now has spent over 6 million for its renovation and restoration work. You would also be delighted to see the Singhania Haveli with its huge painting of four elephants cradling goddess Lakshmi with their trunks, and exquisitely painted gopis. Choudhary ki Haveli is one of the most richly painted in Shekhawati, please check wether it is now open or still shut.
Nawalgarh located about 28 Kms from Mandawa toward south-east. Nawalgarh is one of the largest and busiest towns of Shekhawati. It was established in 1737 by Nawal Singh, one of the sons of renowned Shardul Singh. Nawalgarh has witnessed a series of rulers who were lenient and attracted a numerous rich Marwari merchants who built many richly painted havelis here.
Though many of the Havelis in Nawalgarh are now in a state of disrepair, do not miss to visit the Poddar Haveli which is an exception. It has been turned into a museum now. The murals in this early 20th century haveli have been carefully restored to their original glory. The museum also exhibits wedding costumes of different communities of Rajasthan.
Parasrampura is located about 45 kms from Mandawa town. It is a small and beautiful peaceful village in the Shekhawati region where you can see some of the finest and earliest murals in Shekhawati. The murals embellish the chhatri of Shardul Singh, who stayed in this village during his last days. Built in 1750, the cenotaph portrays scenes from Hindu mythology. It also shows the legendary Shardul Singh take the chair of his court along with his five sons.
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