Havelis

 

The havelis of Shekhawati are a prime attraction of the region. The region which was once on a caravan route lured many affluent merchants to inhabit it. With the dwindling of the business in this area, the merchants moved to the other prosperous part of the country, yet their hearts remained in this region. Hence, they constructed their havelis in the various small towns of this region.

The havelis of Shekhawati are not just huge; rather they are a beauty to adore. The havelis, popularly had a carved wooden gateway as the main entrance that opened into a courtyard. This courtyard again leads to another courtyard. Larger havelis are double storeyed and have upto four courtyards. The windows of these havelis are richly carved and glow with exquisite mirror work. These latticed windows were the means by which the Rajasthani women viewed the happenings of the outer world.

The highlight of the havelis is the frescoes that are seen almost everywhere - on the facades, gateways, courtyard walls, parapets and ceilings. The frescoes have varying themes that reflect the changing taste and lifestyle of the people from 1750 (earlier fresco paintings) and 1930 (later fresco paintings). Earlier themes like mythological, local legends, hunting scenes gradually gave way to more modern themes like motor cars, aeroplanes, ships, telephones, gramaphones, trains and balloons.

The frescoes seem to narrate an interesting tale in a colourful manner. The entire Shekhawati region radiates with such frescoes and it is precisely this reason that it has been bestowed with the sobriquet of an open air art gallery.

Today, a majority of havelis of the region are private property and as such not open for public viewing. Nonetheless, there are quiet a lot that are open for public visits as well.

Famous Havelis :-

01.  Goenka Haveli

02.  Nand Lal Devra Haveli

03.  Poddar Haveli

04.  Aath Haveli

05.  Khedwal Bhawan

06.  Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli

07.  Murmuria Haveli

08.  Goenka Havelis

09.  Sona ki Dukan Haveli

10.  Vishnunath Keria Haveli

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