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Relaxing at the Hotel

ArtWork at a Hawali

This area sandwiched between Jaipur, Delhi and Bikaner is famous for its amazing painted havelis. This area is becoming so popular that it has been dubbed as "open art gallery of Rajasthan". The plethora of painted Havelis in rich artistic tradition makes it commendable and fascinating. Most of the buildings are dated from 18th century to early 20th century. The Shekhawati landscape is dotted with so many havelis that tracking them is something like a treasure hunt. Various forms of fine art adorn the walls and the ceilings of these structures, complimenting the otherwise flat and barren land. The havelis are noted for their frescos depicting mythological themes and that of huge animals. Some later day frescos shows the arrival of the British and highlighting steam locomotives and trains. We spent the afternoon visiting several towns in this area including Nawalgarh, Dundlodh, and Fatehpur.

Our final destination for the evening was the Mandawa Haveli. This was our hotel for the next two nights. After checking out our new home we all wondered why we had wasted time looking at the other Havelis - this place was amazing, the best preserved of all the havelis we had seen!

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