The Havelis in Rajasthan
As soon as we hear Rajasthan, one of the first things that come to our minds are huge and palatial havelis with spacious courtyards and beautiful gardens within and around them. The state of Rajasthan is very well known for it’s traditional as well as heritage structures and Havelis. Spread across acres of land in the sprawling cities, these grand havelis once belonged to the great Rajput rulers, who ruled the various princely states, now known as the state of Rajasthan.
These Rajput rulers, as well as the wealthy businesspersons of the medieval era, have treasured these havelis with intricate carvings, paintings, and many such components that bring forward the cultural and traditional grandeur of Rajasthan as well as the glory of the Rajput kings in the era that is history today. These Havelis, which were the creations of the Rajput kings and the jagirdars of the yesteryears, stand majestically in the modern era in the culturally diverse state of Rajasthan.
Each of these Havelis depicts the grandeur and class of its owner, in the way it was designed and built. These places are a storehouse of murals, handicrafts, paintings, and carvings from the medieval period, which also depict that the Rajputs were great builders and creators of beautiful yet massive structures. These structures, even after hundreds of years, leave the people looking at it awestruck. They stand tall in the skyline of the cities in Rajasthan and add to the glorious scenic beauty and the sandstone landscape of the desert state. Some of these havelis have the successors of the Rajput kings that still live there. Portions of these structures, however, are open to the tourists.
A lot of these Havelis and architectural structures from the medieval period have now been restored and converted into three-star as well as five-star heritage hotels in major cities. These heritage hotels attract large numbers of tourists who wish to experience the rich history and the luxury of the Rajput kings.
The tourists can actually experience the royal lineage of the state of Rajasthan first hand when they spend time in these heritage hotels. Not only in cities, but some havelis around famous tourist destinations and villages have also been restored and converted into hotels.