Shekhawati Tour

Shekhawati is a priceless contribution of Marwari traders of Rajasthan. Shekhawati means ’the land of Shekha’s clan’ and was derived from Rao Shekha of Kachhwaha family of Jaipur in the 15th century. The region extends over the districts of Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Most of the havelis here were constructed between AD 1750 and 1930 by the Marwaris, but a long period of droughts forced many families to leave. The architectural style of the havelis or mansions here majorly focuses on enclosing the courtyard. Most of the havelis are painted in colours like indigo, yellow, green, maroon and blue with beautiful wall paintings adorning the walls.

No other region in Rajasthan is perhaps as artistically rich as Shekhawati. Beautiful images by using vibrant colours have been created here not as a hobby or professional practice but as a way of life. Mandawa is a small town built in the 18th century by wealthy Marwari businessmen. Nawalgarh, is known for some interesting images painted on the walls of havelis.

Along with beautiful frescoes in Mandawa and Nawalgarh, there are many other places in the region which provide rich glimpses from the past. Jhunjhunu and Sikar are the district headquarters. Dundlod is famous for its forts and palaces. Fatehpur founded by the Muslim Nawabs, was later taken over by the Rajputs who developed it to their taste.