Painted Havelis of Shekawati Region in Rajasthan 

I have been wanting to see the painted havelis of Shekawati region for last 2 years but could not find time to do it. Finally, did it in Nov-2012; in conjunction with Pushkar Camel Fair Mela on the return trip. 

This was a solo, self-driving tour from Thane in my Indica-V2; a friend who was to join me on this trip and share the driving had to drop-out due to some personal reason.

Overall Itinerary and details of the Drive:

Day-1 16-Nov-2012 Left 5:00AM from Thane and stopped at Hotel Best Western Takshila (N/H) at 2:30PM on Ahemdabad SP Ring Road (518KM)

Day-2 17-Nov-2012 Start 8:00AM and halted at Chittorgarh at 2:30PM at Hotel Sreeji near Rly. Stn. Visited Chittorgarh Fort sights in the evening 4 to 6 PM (397KM).

Day-3 18-Nov-2012 Started 8:15AM on NH79 to Kishangarh and changed to Mega H/way there, planning to reach Shekawat area via Kuchaman, Didwana and Ratangarh. 

At Kuchaman, by mistake entered the city instead of keeping to H/way via BP and ended being guided by locals to take the direct shortcut to Sikar. That turned out to be a bumpy single lane rural road for about 30-40 Kms before joining the road from Jaipur to Sikar. Reached Sikar at 4:30PM and took room in Hotel Vinayak in market area. (368KM)

Day-4 19-Nov-2012 9:00AM check-out and first halt of 2 Hrs at Fatehpur to visit 4-5 Havelis. By 12:30PM reached Manadawa and took a room in Hotel Shahi Place (very nice hotel) for N/H in Mandawa. Lunch and Rest. Then 4 to 6PM local sight seeing and visited 3-4 painted Havelis.

Day-5 20-Nov-2012 Left Mandawa at 9:00AM and went first to Ramgarh 10:00AM. Halted 1.5 Hrs visiting several Havelis & Chhatris and then on to Mahansar (Noon) halt for 1 Hour visiting Raghunath Temple and the painted “Sona Dukan”. 

Then on to Jhunjhunu (via Bisau) to reach Sati Mata Temple at 1:30PM. Inside sanctoram was closed till 3PM, so just saw from outside, had lunch at the Temple canteen and left by 2:00PM. Next Mukandgarh Fort (closed) but got some glimpse with watchman’s help from the Gate. 

Then on to Dundlod at 3:30PM visiting Goenka Haveli & Museum and the Fort. Finally reached Nawalgarh 5:00PM and took a room in a simple Hotel Nawal on highway just outside town (138KM).

Day-6 21-Nov-2012 8:30AM went in a share-auto into Nawalgarh bazaar area visiting first the Ramnath Podar Haveli & Museum, next Dwarkanath Temple and finally the Morarka Haveli. 

Back to Hotel Nawal and checkout at Noon. Drive to Ajmer via Sikar, and Jaipur BP. Reached Ajmer 5:45PM and took a room in Hotel Samrat near Rly Stn for night. (270KM)

For further details of Ajmer & Pushkar Tour-50

For Stories of each places see subpages:

To see pictures as slideshow see links below:

1. Shekawati Rajasthan (60 Pics)

2. Pushkar Camel Fair (30 Pics) 

To see full Collection of all pics see here: 

3. Shekawati (all Pics)

Pushkar (all Pics)
Painting in Haveli in Fatehpur

Painting in Haveli in Fatehpur

Painting in Haveli in Fatehpur

Mahavir Prasad Goeka Haveli

Golden painted Haveli in Mandawa

Ramgopal Podar Chaatri in Ramgarh

Ramgopal Podar Chaatri in Ramgarh