painted havelis at rajasthan
Surajgarh Fort, Shekhawati, Rajasthan

Kangra group
Activities in Surajgarh

Painted Havelis - Shekhawati is popularly known as an open air art gallery and Surajagrh is at the heart of it and boasts of many havelis. Walking and camel cart tours are organized to the havelis. The Marwari traders accumulated enormous wealth in their trade of rice, opium, cotton, spices and textiles. The wealth was usually reinvested or sent back home for their families. The affluent marwari families tried to outdo the other in the size and quality of their mansions, giving birth to fine and colourful architecture in the desert region where it was least expected.
Lime plaster formed the fine layer on the walls where painting was done. While the plaster was damp, outline and filling of colour was done, bonding it for time immemorial.