Paintings on the walls: Shekhawati in Photographs

Overnight driving in the bitterly cold night of December and we reached the Shekhawati, the land of painted havelis. And a winter morning welcomed us with sunrays innocuously shining on the dew drops.

Morning mist in the fields of Rajasthan

Another 30 minutes of driving landed us to Nawalgarh.. colorful streets and much more colorful havelis.

Kites....

Dangling Kites in Nawalgarh Shekhawati

Spools

And you would also see narrow headed autos of Rajasthan

In the streets of Nawalgarh

In the later half of the day, i visited profusely decorated Podar haveli, prime attractions of Nawalgarh.
Walls were full of frescos linked with the mythological stories of Hindu's scriptures.

Murals on the wall

 

Murals of Radha and Krishna

 

Krishna and Radha in Podar Haveli
 

Krishna and Radha at Podar Haveli Nawalgarh

 

Depiction of Hindu Gods through Murals

 

Krishna with Sesh Nag

Besides frescos tangled with mythological legends, you can also see some interesting paintings depicting life in that era.

Murals on the walls of Havelis

Intricately carved and profusely painted doorways, lintels, brackets, gargoyles, pillars will also catch your attention every now and then.

Corridor of Podar Haveli

 

Colorful door of a Haveli in Shekhawati

 

Carving on the gateway

 

 

Verandah Podar Haveli Nawalgarh

However the best work of  the havelis are done on it's roof. If you are a discern visitor then look up, straight up to appreciate the upside of these exotic residences.

Colorful roof of Podar Haveli
 

Another painting on the roof of Podar Haveli

Colorful panel on the roof

 

Not very far, there are disturbing sights of abandoned Havelis and temples... Ruined, dilapidated, semi-collapsed...it is infernal beauty of bricks...

Abandoned temple in the city of Nawalgarh

 

An abandoned haveli in Nawalgarh

 

Later in the afternoon, drive through arid countryside dropped me to Lohargal, sacred village settled amid picturesque surroundings. Enroute, I came across ruins step wells, hill forts, palaces etc. and images of easy-pace life of Shekhawati.

An abandoned stepwell near Lohargal

 

Art of balancing a mud pot

Besides myriad legends from the time of Mahabharata, little village of Lohargal is also closely linked with chachar pickles.

Chachar pickles at Lohargal

An attempt to find the keys to a abandoned cenotaphs situated in the lost village amid sand dunes... all in vain...

Sand dunes near Parsurampura Shekhawati

Early morning drive via Dundlod and Mukundgarh led to the colorful little town of Mandawa, tourist base of Shekhawati.

Entrance to the town of  Mandawa

Gateway to the town of Mandawa

Puppets...

Puppets on the sale

Spools...

Spools of Shekhawati

Scene inside a haveli.... coloring sarris...

Inside a haveli in Mandawa

Now comes three important frescos on the eastern wall of Binsidhar Newatia Haveli (Now state bank of India)

a boy using telephone-

A boy using telephone painting in Mandawa

Chauffeur driven car

Chauffer driven car

Wright brothers attempting a flight

Wright brothers attempting flight

In the last leg of the journey, i drove through semi-arid landscape... briefly stopped at the town of Fatehpur and onwards to Ramgarh. Ramgarh will intrigue and disappoint you at the same time with its photogenic ruins. Here is Ramgarh (Not the one from movie Sholay)...

Dilapidated havelis of Ramgarh

 

Poddar Chhatri at Ramgarh

 

Temple in Ramgarh Shekhawati

In the end i visited the little village of Mahansar to find the elusive alcohol (made locally by ghee, herbals and dry fruits). I could not succeed getting the authentic blend but was enthralled by the sheer beauty of gold paintings at Sona-ki-dukan haveli....

Gold paintings in a haveli at Mahansar Shekhawati

And in the stereo, it was nick drake... :)

Compelling pictures with so

Compelling pictures with so much in each of them!
You are blessed with your photography !!
I must pick my bag sometime soon.

Thanks for the comment. Keep

Thanks for the comment. Keep dropping by.

Wonderful photos

Wonderful photos vishnu.kumar7, and I enjoyed the comments as well.  Thank you for posting them.  I will be visiting Rajasthan next summer and I'm trying to decide if I should end my journey by visiting Nawalgar, Lohargal and Mandawa, or if I should visit Alwar and the nearby nature reserve instead.  Any advice?

Jim

Thanks for dropping by

Thanks for dropping by comment, Jim. Nature Reserve around Alwar are quite ordinary. If you are picking Alwar then its better to go to Chand Baori and Bhangarh fort instead going to tiger reserve. If you are interested into murals, havelis and rustic life of Rajasthan villages then you should visit Shekhwati side to the villages you mentioned. Summers are generally hot regardless which part of Rajasthan you are visiting.

Feel free to ask your queries, i will be happy to assist

+- Vishnu

Thanks, that is very helpful.

Thanks, that is very helpful.  I've already visited the Chand Baori and will be visiting other stepwells around Gujarat and Rajasthan earlier on the trip.  I am interested in murals and art, being an art teacher, and I prefer villages to big cities.  So I'll definitely give Shekhwati a visit.

Thanks for the great photos and travel on!  Cheers,

Jim

Perfect then Ramghar would be

Perfect then Ramghar would be something you would adore.. It is full of neglected ruins.. full of awesomenss..

Cheers
Vishnu

India is a great country with

India is a great country with varieties of people, religions and culture. The remote sides are truly great with pastoral scenes. The food is also great.

Yes Carrol... India is truly

Yes Carrol... India is truly spectacular and diverse...

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