At the edge of Rajasthan’s Shekhawati region in the small town of Churu lies ‘The Art House’ Once the guesthouse of the Maharaja of Bikaner, this century-old restored haveli is a gateway to Shekhawati’s open air gallery. Its 12 heritage rooms offer privacy with sit-outs overlooking vast lawns and mansions nearby. There are lots of activities to do here including heritage walks, pottery classes, wildlife and birding workshops and even camel rides.
A beautiful haveli-turned-unhotel.
12 air conditioned rooms categorised into comfort rooms, haveli rooms and heritage rooms.
An elaborate ballroom now serves as the main dining hall.
An authentic mouth-watering Rajasthani menu of kair sangeri (desert beans), bajra rotis, gatte ki sabzi and spicy laal maas although the chef adds other traditional Indian recipes into the mix occasionally.
Lush lawns outside with the lovely green facade of the haveli as a backdrop.
The Art House, Shekhawati
Location: Shekhawati, Rajasthan
Nearest Airport: Jaipur (150 km), New Delhi (250 km)
Nearest Train Station: Jaipur, Delhi, Bikaner
Nearest Driveable Hub: Jaipur (2 hours), Delhi/NCR (4.5 hours)
Amenities: Air conditioned rooms, contemporary amenities amidst historical architecture, local cuisine, Johra dinner, desert trips, village and cultural trips, open spaces for small events/gatherins.
The Art House will take you back to the days of the Rajasthan Royalty. Not only is it located near the country’s most elaborately painted open air museum, it is a relic in itself – boasting of Rajasthani grandeur and yet modest at the same time.
Although Shekhawati’s open air museum will be enough to keep you busy, this Unhotel has a ton of exciting activities on offer. Guests can sign up for guided historical walks around Churu which was founded in 1563 and is quite historical, interact with the local artisan and farming community, go on a birding and wildlife spree, visit the nearby havelis of Ramgarh and Mahasar and go on a jeep safari through the desert where blackbucks and deer can be spotted in their natural habitat.
The Art House also organises bonfires in the desert and folk music nights for guests to truly experience Rajasthan.
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