Doors & Havelis of Khichan – Part 2

This was a trip that was supposed to be all about the cranes, errr… Demoiselle cranes who flew thousands of kilometres to escape the extreme cold of Mongolia & Siberia. You may recall in Part No. 1 I had given a little preview about the Havelis of Khichan.

Since there were more stunning photographs to be shared, it necessitated another post. I may not have enough words, so lets turn this into a photo story :

Exquisite, intricate designs on the red sandstone with contrasting doors. These Jains seem to be masters at beautiful architecture.
I could only mutter ‘wow, wow’ after looking at these frames. This door seems to be a new one, though.
Locked, all of them… I tried going inside but to no avail. A ghostly feel in this lane where I encountered no one in more than 2 hours.
Doors are the windows to happiness…
Crumbling architecture paints a sorry picture in Khichan.
This was a house that looked inhabited, in retrospect I wonder if I should have gone in.
Gorgeous doors, time and time again.
A dash of colour too… so many of these havelis… All of them abandoned.. Hope the government finds a way to make this a heritage trail or something.
Impeccable designs, I think this is the famous Golecha Haveli.
Converting one to monochrome, gives the photograph a very haunting feel.
Red sandstone produced locally from mines at Jodhpur & Pokhran. A pretty window on the street in Khichan.
One of my favourite photographs from Khichan! The only turquoise coloured door in a Haveli.
If the Havelis of Shekhawati are all about frescoes and paintings, Khichan is about architectural finesse and class. These Havelis had a very European feel about them.
Brilliant, simply out of this world beautiful.
Similar design to the earlier doors but this one has been stripped of any colour. Glorifies the fine carvings.
I was loving this extravaganza of culture and heritage. Would you believe there is not one instance of the ‘Havelis of Khichan’ on the internet?
I hope this blog post is a start for more people to change how they travel and converse with locals to find hidden treasures in a destination.
Fascinating entrances and the porch to a Haveli, architecturally quite different from Shekhawati. Incredible India indeed.

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It was so much fun to put together these photographs, there are many versions of the decline of trade and subsequent abandonment of these Havelis – I will put them down when I can find locals who know the story. There is simply no information available on the internet and the people I’ve tried contacting want to sensationalise this by saying these are 15th Century Havelis – which is absolutely not true.

These were built in the early 20th Century.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. arv! says:

    lovely captures of the sand stones carvings in the havelis. In all probability, owners of beautiful these Havelis must be Jain, Agarwal and Maheshwari communities. After all, these communities dominate this entire belt.

    1. Yay, glad you like it Arvind bhai! The locals say that all these havelis are owned by Jain families who are settled across all parts of India 😀

      1. arv! says:

        Shubham, it’s exactly a reason why these Havelis are now “endangered” species. The new generation doesn’t share a connect with these havelis and nor do they want to visit such small places.

  2. Sherab Tenzin says:

    Those architectural structures are wonderfully unique – they would take anyone’s breath away. And bro, your photography skill have further magnified their beauty and grandeur. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Absolutely true, Sherab. The architecture style literally took my breath away. You are too kind with the appreciation:) Thanks.

  3. Lovely lovely pictures, Shubham!

    1. Many many thanks. Glad you like it 🙂

  4. You know what did post did to me, right??

    Err, let me come to the point:


    MINDBLOWING doors!! I want to go :((

    1. HAHHAHA, these super comments from you always make me happy!

      Chaloooo 🙂 Thanks Divyakshi.

    1. Absolutely! Glad you like it. Have you been there?

  5. Marvellous! Such intricate wood carving!

    1. Absolutely, so glad you liked the post. Thanks 🙂

  6. Vikram Golcha says:

    Hello Mr. Shubham really appreciate your kind words for the haveli in khichan,Rajasthan
    I was going through your blog post..and read through your write up and pictures of the haveli..they are brilliantly captured..we r one of the owners of the haveli..Which was built by my grandfather and his brothers it is our legacy now..thanking you again..for recording this historical place.

    1. How glad I am, Mr. Golcha to read this comment! Really very happy to see that the post has reached the right person. Thanks for your kind words of appreciation. I’d really love to visit the haveli from the inside and try and work on a heritage walk in Khichan in the near future. Hope to get in touch with you. I’m based out of Jaipur.

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