Mandawa: Part 1

Architecture, India, Photograph, Travel

The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is famous for its many havelis (mansions constructed by the wealthy or royal). As their owners wanted to demonstrate this wealth, these havelis often housed intricate stone engravings and a variety of paintings, sculptures and ornaments, many of which have survived. Recently, many of these havelis, including several in the small town of Mandawa, have been purchased from their ancestral owners and repurposed as luxurious hotels. As a result, tourism in the area is booming, and thousands of tourists now visit the area each year.

In this first of two posts about the area, we look at the interiors of some of the havelis of the area, and their colourful engravings and artwork.


India, Landscape, Photograph, Travel

Photograph of a Valley in Dharamshala

This almost perfectly V-shaped valley near Dharamshala is home to the 20-meter-high Bhagsunag waterfall, one of the region’s most popular attractions. The hills in the region are densely covered in vegetation and, combined with the low-lying clouds, they made for a dramatic landscape.