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The havelis of Shekhawati exist as grand mansions built by the prosperous chieftains and trades people during early 19th century. The chieftains and merchants had amassed a great wealth during this period and it was like a custom among these families to built luxurious dwelling places. The havelis are spread throughout - in many towns of this district. These havelis provide a wonderful example of the fresco painted walls and open art galleries.

Havelis at Shekhawati
Shekhawati is quite a large district by its area and houses many small towns. In many of these towns are located the treasures of the place. The havelis, one of the primary tourist attractions, are some of the best in the world. The grand structure and unique frescoes make them enchanting. The most popular of these include the ones at Nawalgarh, Bala Qila, Dundlodh, Mukundgarh, Mandawa, Fatehpur, Jhunjhunu, Khetri Mahal and Bissau. Each of these havelis has definite attributes that makes them differ slightly.

Navalgarh havelis were built by the merchant families and display the finest frescoes in the region. The names of some havelis include Roop Niwas, Poddar Haveli and Saat Haveli.

At Dundlodh Jagathia Haveli and Goenka Haveli are quite popular. The nearby fort further attracts the attention. A palace hall called Diwan-i-Khas has similar features.
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Mandawa, a small town of Shekhawati, houses a number of fine built havelis. Like Dundlodh, there is a fort at Mandawa overlooking the countryside. The havelis were built by the local merchants, the best one by a Marwari jeweller.

Jhunjhunu is also treasured with some great havelis and the much popular Khetri Mahal. Khetri Mahal is a minor palace which is beautifully adorned and decorated. The nearby Modi Haveli houses some of the best paintings in Shekhawati.

Mukandgarh likewise sees several interesting havelis and a fort. The havelis are grounded at many places in the town. These havelis feature some beautiful paintings and art work.

One more important haveli is the Piramal Haveli. This haveli is built like a palace and has several courtyards, pillared walls and corridors. Frescoes and paintings decorate the walls. The haveli was home to Seth Piramal Chaturbhuj Makharia, a rich merchant from Bombay.

How to Reach the Havelis
Shekhawati district is connected with road and rail networks with the other cities of Rajasthan. In order to have a good round about the places a guided tour is well recommended. Private mini buses and taxis provide this wonderful opportunity.

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