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Mandawa in Shekhawati, Rajasthan – How to Reach and What to See | Travel Guide to Mandawa in Shekhawati, Rajasthan

Mandawa town in shekhawati region, Rajasthan, is among the cluster of ‘The Painted towns of Shekhawati’ and I have been meaning to visit it for a long time, having missed it out on my road trip to shekhawati region of Rajasthan two years back. This winter I visited Mandawa for a day on my last leg of 9 day winter family road trip through Rajasthan. Mandawa dazzled me with its exquisite paintings and diversity of the havelis. It definitely has one of the richer repertoires of the painted havelis and the paintings themselves.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Mandawa town as seen from a rooftop of a haveli[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Nawalgarh in Shekhawati, Rajasthan | A portrait of a town of many billionaires

Cities aren’t like people; they live on and on, even though their reason for being where they are has gone down river and out to sea. ~ John Updike

Walking through the dusty, littered narrow streets of Nawalgarh, with more tourists than locals in sight, I felt that this town was a like an elegant but slightly worn off old lady. A lady who had been a stunning beauty in her days and had been loved by her family, but now she was alone, with her faded regal clothes and ornaments which were brilliant in parts but frayed in totality. Nawalgarh was one of the richest towns in terms of the fresco artwork that we visited in shekhawati region, during our winter family road trip to Rajasthan. However, Nawalgarh also left us feeling sad for the town and its stunning havelis & art work.

Sharing a walking tour of Nawalgarh town in Shekhawati, Rajasthan.

[caption id="attachment_4835" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nawalgarh town main street[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Poddar Haveli Museum in Nawalgarh | Havelis of Shekhawati, Rajasthan

The main attraction for our family road trip last winters through Shekhawati region of Rajasthan was to visit and photograph the renowned heritage havelis (and their frescos)of shekhawati region.  We visited 3 towns in Shekhawati region  - Bagar, Jhunjhunu and Nawalgarh, and out of these three, Nawalgarh has some of the best maintained havelis, with beautiful frescos, woodworks and stonework.

Poddar Haveli Museum in Nawalgarh town, Shekhawati, Rajasthan is one of the two best   preserved havelis which have been turned into museums (the other one is Morarka Haveli Museum) in Nawalgarh and it is a must visit if one is interested in the haveli architecture and frescos of shekhawati. Sharing my experience here, of visiting Poddar Haveli Museum in Nawalgarh, shekhawati region, Rajasthan (India).

[caption id="attachment_4792" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Poddar Haveli Museum Poddar Haveli Museum[/caption]

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