March 24, 2019
11-Day Tour of Shekhawati – India’s Wonderland of Havelis & Fresco Paintings
Written By KV Singh
On this tour that will be done by road in an ac car or coach driven by an efficient and courteous English-speaking driver you will spend three nights at Jaipur in my boutique heritage hotel Khandela Haveli (www.khandelahaveli.com ), one at the 150-year old Castle Kalwar located 20 km from Jaipur ( www.castlekalwar.com ).
Perched on a lush-green hill 60 km from Jaipur is the lovely Fort Madhogarh that will welcome you warmly and served you great bar-be-cue and dinner. You will stay here for the night and visit the 14th century AD 450-step well at Village Abhaneri. Opposite this impressive well is the Temple of Harsh Mata – the Goddess of Happiness. Be blessed by her ! ( www.fortmadhogarh.com )
On the sixth day we will drive to Mandawa and check in at Castle Mandawa ( www.castlemandawa.com ) After lunch you will take a walking tour of this ancient town visiting the havelis – merchants’ mansion that have breathtaking fresco paintings on the facades,interior walls and ceilings. The theme of these paintings are sexual love,marriage rituals,festivals & fairs and battles.
After a two-day stay at Castle Mandawa we will proceed to Alsisar to enjoy jeep & bullock-cart safari,folk & music dance shows and a visit to a low-cost children’s school. This beautiful heritage property serves delicious,bar-be-cue and curries with the right quantity of spices.
Hotel : Alsisar Mahal ( www.alsisarmahal.com )
Your last destination on this trip will be Ramgarh-Shekhawati where you will stay at the famous Fresco Haveli – a charming place owned and operated by a great cook. He will give you a demonstration on making vegetarian & non-vegetarian kebabs.
On the 11th day after breakfast drive to Jaipur to catch a flight. If you wish we would drop you off at the IGI International Airport at New Delhi.
My wife and I invite you warmly to be our guests. We will look after you well and ensure that you have not a dull moment during this tour. I will send you a detailed itinerary for each day. You will enjoy reading it.
Except for the months of June & July please take this trip in any month you feel convenient.
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