Shekhawati is a semi desert region located in the state of Rajasthan; it is famous for its numerous painted havelis. Named after Rao Shekha, its former ruler it literally translates as the Garden of Shekha. The best time to undertake shekhavati tours is between October and March. Summer temperatures range from 32-45°C and winter temperatures range from 5-28°C. Rajasthan is the land of celebrations and lots of colorful festivals happen in every season and on every religious occasion. The Desert festival in February is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and attracts many tourists. Besides this the Gangaur, Dussehra, Teej and Holi are celebrated with lot of fun and gaiety.
The numerous havelis of shekhavati dotting the desert landscape date back as far as the 18th century. They portray a rich artistic tradition which continued well into the early 20th century. Around the turn of the 19th century many people from the adjoining Marwar migrated to Shekhawati and made it their home. These rich business people commissioned artists to paint frescos on their homes as a sign of opulence. Subsequently painted havelis cropped all over the desert landscape and the art was kept alive for the next 300 years.
Built by wealthy merchants in the past these havelis served as an index to measure the prosperity and success of the owner. The walls in these old havelis are adorned with intricate frescos; the region’s history is fascinating, established in the 18th century along a caravan trade route, was ruled by the Shekhawat Rajputs. It was a prosperous region at the time comprising of over 100 villages and 50 forts and palaces
Places to Visit
Shekhawati tours take you to various forts, minor castles, mosques, step wells (baoris) and royal cenotaphs (chattris). Local excursions to the nearby place only serve to enhance the appeal of shekhavati, a visit to shekhavati will transport you to a bygone era. The massive havelis, beautiful paintings and other amazing monuments make the trip worthwhile.
Havelis: The fascinating havelis have proved to be a major tourist attraction with their striking architecture, graceful interiors and massive parapets, they are reminiscent of the wealth and prosperity of the Marwari merchants, and they present an awe inspiring sight.
Dundlod: Situated in the centre of the Shekhawati region is the town of Dundlod. The main attractions are the forts and the havelis dating back to the 18th century. Famous ones are Jagathia and Goenka havelis.
Places to Stay in Shekhawati:
Roop Niwas Palace Hotel, ShekhawatiIt is an amalgamation of European and Rajput Style of architecture. It is famous for its lavish and intimate hospitality. This place is going to pamper you no bounds. Centrally located, it also offers 24 hours Check–in / Check –out and has an outdoor swimming pool.
Castle Mandawa Hotel, Shekhawati: A fine blend of the old and new, here the old world charm seamlessly fuses with modern comforts. The historical towers, balconies, family portraits, antique canons and arms enhance the mystique of this family-run resort. It is located close to the railway station and the bus stand. Check Out time is 12 Noon.
Piramal Haveli Hotel, Shekhawati: The Haveli of Seth Piramal Chaturbhuj Makharia (1892-1958), now converted into a hotel. The merchant made his fortune trading in cotton, opium, silver and various other commodities. Check out time is 12 AM. 24 Hours Room Service is available. All the major credit cards are accepted.
Hotel Dundlod Castle, Shekhawati: Nestled in the village of Dunlod, it stands tall maintaining its individuality as well as affinity with the people in the surrounding area. Styled in the 18th century fashion, the magnificent castle is adorned with period furniture, object de art, and has spacious rooms with attached modern bathrooms. The hotel is ideally located, with 24 Hrs in room dining. All the major credit cards are accepted.
How to Get there:You can embark on your Shekhawati tour packages by the following modes of transport:
Air: Indian airline operates flight to Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai, nearest airport is Sanganer located at Jaipur around 150 km away.
Rail: Shekhawati is on the main train route and it has travel links with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Udaipur, Kota and Delhi.
Road: Shekhawati is well connected by regular bus services to other cities in and around the place. Government and Private Buses connect it to Jaipur (150 km). Private buses to Delhi (250km) charge around Rs 800. It is well connected by road to Ajmer and Udaipur. Hiring a taxi is also a good idea.
Visit Shekhawati to experience first hand the old havelis, forts and palaces. See the history come alive and experience unparalleled hospitality. A trip to this rustic inhabitation with a modern interpretation will certainly offer a lot of food for thought, you will come back refreshed, rejuvenated and revitalized. Don’t take our word for it, go discover it for yourself.