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                       Shekhawati in Rajasthan, named after Rao Shekha, who annexed some lands from the Muslim Nawabs and is spread over the districts of Sikar, Churu and Jhunjhunu of Rajasthan.

Shekhawats built many magnificent forts in their Thikanas. Every Thikana in Shekhawati was the site of a Fort and 
Shekhawati was richest and the most eventful place, thus Shekhawati has more than 50 forts and Palaces built by
Shekhawat Rajas. Many of them are hotels today.

Castle Mandawa (Mandawa Fort), built by Thakur Nawal Singh Bahadur in 1755. The legendary Castle Mandawa 
takes you back to the grandeur of its royal past. In the zenana or women's quarters, various rooms offer different 
flavor. One room has antique murals, another has a marble fountain, while the turret room boasts of walls that are
7 feet (2.1 m) thick. 

Dundlod Fort, dates back to 1750 AD. Steps lead up to the Diwan Khana furnished with portraits, hangings and
period furniture. 

Mukundgarh Fort, this magnificent fort built by Thakur Mukund Singh Ji, he established Mukundgarh in 1859 the 
fort was built in a traditional style, spreads over 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land. It has several courtyards, overhanging 
balconies, arched windows and corridors displaying the richness, diversity and tradition of Shekhawati wall paintings.

Dera Danta Kila (Danta Fort), two fortresses straddle the hills, their foundations laid in 1702 to house the army, 
the stables, and the royal residence of Thakur Amar Singh

Castle Pachar

Surajgarh Fort

                      Haveli is the term used for a building of personal residence in Shekhawati and Marwar regions of Rajasthan, India. The word Haveli is of Persian origin, meaning "an enclosed place". Between 1830 and 1930, Marwaris erected buildings in their homeland, Shekhawati and Marwar as evidence of their success. These buildings were called Havelis. The Marwaris commissioned artists to paint those buildings. The Havelis are noted for their frescos depicting mythological themes. The frescos include Images of Gods, Goddesses, animals, life history of Lord Rama and Krishna, profusely painted on the Havelis in this region.
Some of the well known Havelis are Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli
and Jhunjhunu Haveli. Most of the painting has been done with natural dyes on mud plaster walls. One also gets a feel of the typical Rajasthani village going through on a Village tour, help of a guide in seeing the village and the Havelis. A Camel safari in the small desert dunes surrounding Mandawa can also be done. Mandawa can be added as a part of your Rajasthan Itinerary or also as an off beat Rajasthan Weekend destination from Delhi.

                   Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north and 250 km form Delhi.  Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis. This town has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region and not just Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. (Hotels in Mandawa)

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