Commonly referred to as the 'open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region of medieval Shekhawati, in northeastern Rajasthan, lies within the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. After the influx of Muslim clans in the 14th century, this region started to grow and develop and eventually became an important stopover point along the trading routes coming from the Gujarat ports. These new inhabitants prospered greatly as merchants in their new settlement and started constructing magnificent residences known as havelis, mansion style buildings that have been painstakingly carved and decorated with intricate frescoes and murals throughout the interior.Read More
Many of these stunning structures date back to the end of the 18th century and have been excellently preserved. Wandering through the streets of Alsisar allows visitors to fully take in their opulence. In fact most of the villages within the region of Shekhawati have maintained their rustic charm and cultural identity, meaning that exploring the havelis and artwork can be both a unique and eye-opening experience. Some havelis have been extremely skillfully restored and now serve as guesthouses and hotel complexes.
From outside, many of the havelis, some of which have become slightly worse for wear over the years, look relatively unremarkable. It isn’t until one steps inside through the large fortified doors to the inner courtyard that the full beauty of these unique Rajasthani architectural gems can be appreciated. The major towns of interest in the region are Fatehpur, Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Ramgarh and Jhunjhunu, although virtually every town in the Shekhawati region possesses a few surviving havelis.
If you are planning a Alsisar holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Alsisar Mahal Alsisar
Alsisar Mahal is a glorious heritage hotel, with extremely large, luxurious rooms that are blissfully air conditioned and are decorated with every notion of grandeur in mind. In the courtyard outside there is a large open air pool and within the hotel guests can take advantage of the opulent reading room as well as the excellent Indian restaurant, which serves local Rajasthani dishes. The hotel is situated in the village of Alsisar, 23 km from Jhuhjhunu.
Alsisar Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Alsisar.