Ruined hometown of Indian billionaires

Located in the northern state of Rajasthan, Shekhawati is famous for ancient mansion has been the home of many wealthy merchants.

Rich old house


Located in barren areas neglected in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, Shekhawati region was once the home of the Indian billionaire. Today, the ancient villas of them were ruined, the frescoes are faded relic makes beauty lost its former glories.

  The town is full of dust translucent colors


The paintings cover almost every centimeter of large villas, towns and villages in Shekhawati. So this became the place where there are the largest sized mural. To protect this heritage area from the ravages of time, the government forbids employers Shekhawati ancient villas sold to outsiders. Their aim is to preserve and upgrade the Shekhawati into a new tourist attraction.

The emergence of successful traders


Shekhawati is formed from the late 15th century, and really move vigorously in the 19th century in this lower tax to attract traders and alter the trade roads to Jaipur and surrounding areas such as Bikaner. Specialized trade groups in India (relatives Marwari community, Bania) migration on Shekhawati from surrounding towns. They own many possessions and goods such as textiles, spices, opium … However, late 19th century, the development of trade in Shekhawati no more.

Where wealth and art blend together


When the sale of goods transferred from the bus to the sea and ships in the 1820s, the commercial hub of Rajasthan also neglected. However, the new traders of Shekhawati also find other avenues and go about Bombay, Calcutta is located near the coast to trade and transfer money home. Bright murals on the surviving works are showing a flourishing of Shekhawati.

The sophisticated design and meticulous


Most ancient villas are built in the same architectural style with two high-rise buildings and small form a 2-4 pitch perpendicular campus. Each respective courts and rooms are arranged for their own purposes. First pitch at the door for men and their trafficking, women’s second pitch and two other courts to cook and set the animal barns. Employers they also find ways to make a difference for yourself by using carved wooden doors, furniture magnificent glass, or painted frescoes describing daily life or mythology.

Frescoes adorn every surface

Inspired by the 17th-century wall paintings of Rajput kings in Amer fort, traders began to decorate their houses from the wall, interior and exterior, to the cove ceiling and eaves. Scenes from Hindu epics appear more flowers are the most popular content of the 19th century murals in Shekhawati.

A blend of mythology and modernity


Early 20th century, the mural began with the influence of Europe and the modern advances, reflected on merchants traveled more. The painter was sent away to study, observe and creativity. Amid countless old-style frescoes in the Shekhawati, visitors can still find pictures of Queen Elizabeth, Jesus, angels, steam, gramophone. More specifically, the appearance of the images combines mythology and modern inventions such as the Hindu god car.


The negligence in Shekhawati

The villa is decorated in Shekhawati frescoes appear flourished until the early 20th century, after the trade tycoon left the desert to look for opportunities to do business in Bombay and Calcutta better or abroad. Since then, the lavish works are forgotten.

The billionaire Laxmi Mittal industry, Kumar Birla of Aditya Birla Group, billionaire Ajay Piramal were drug trafficking originating from the villages of Shekhawati. According to Forbes magazine, nearly 25% of India’s 100 richest people ever come from Shekhawati.

New life for old villas


Fortunately, the aesthetic value, the culture of the ancient villas still not disappeared entirely. In 1999, French artist Nadine Le Prince was rebuilt Nand Lal Devra mansion from 1802, turning it into a cultural center. Some villas are also preserved, renovated and converted into a museum, open sights for tourists to visit. Others have become hotels.