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Shades of history at Vivaana, the culture hotel

In the arid land of Rajasthan lies Shekhawati, a region synonymous to beautiful palaces and havelis rich in fresco work of art, explores Nitika Bajpayee… 1,299 more words

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The painted towns of Shekhawati-3: Mandawa

Ilay Cooper’s book on Shekhawati set me off on an extraordinary trip to an extraordinary place in January this year. I had to wait for nearly 6 months before I felt ready to write about it — so overwhelming were my thoughts and emotions. 1,985 more words


Havelis of Mandawa and Fatehpur: A Mural Symphony from Rajasthan

Our tryst with Havelis started when, inadvertently, we reached Mandawa on our way to Bikaner. Mandawa is a part of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan which is recognized as the Open-Air Art Gallery of The World due to the largest concentration of the frescos in this region. 549 more words

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This is a longer excursion from Jaipur than Abhaneri, the 168km journey will take you at least 3 hours. Whilst it can be easily achieved with an early start from Jaipur, I would recommend an overnight stay so you have plenty of time to wander around the streets and back alleys of this small town, and have time to look and truly appreciate what the town has to offer. 752 more words


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Photos are taken: New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar – Jodhpur – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaisalmer – Mandawa – Fatehpur – Bikaner – Udaipur – Ranakpur

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Mandawa, a historical merchant town.

On our way west we stopped off in this little town, which is famous for its Havelis. Back in the days the caravans used to stop here, which resulted in a lot of merchants with too much money. 97 more words