When I spent full-fledged 5 days in Bikaner, I experienced so many beautiful things closely, one of them was Royal Cenotaphs, Devi Kund Sagar. I had seen a lot about Rampuria Havelis in the virtual world so had to give it a try!
January 2019:: We took an auto and a few meters of a walk from our hotel to Rampuria Haveli early in the morning for the obvious reasons of it being deserted. I wanted my time to explore the beauty without the chaos and clutter. We reached the Haveli passing through the congested lanes, bylanes, markets, and suddenly in front of us was the epitome of elegance – Rampuria Haveli. “Majestic!”- my first reaction after the visual treat of Rampuria Haveli, Bikaner.
What pulled me here?
The culture, the traditions, the majestic constructions, the antique wooden doors, the history, the intricate carvings, the delicate latticed jharokhas, wood-works, and almost everything!
The haveli is built in red sandstone with pretty intricate carvings. Every nook and corner of the haveli was grabbing my attention! Watch them closely and you can find find story behind each piece.
Random thoughts ran into my mind about why this area flourished, why such grand mansions were made, where are those merchants now, how their lives were. There was not a single person I could get information from. Rampuria Haveli being an Instagram-friendly destination, So much so, that even I couldn’t resist clicking myself 😉😉 After almost 30 minutes, I could see some hustle-bustle.
An old man with traditional attire including a red turban was smoking and staring with curious eyes as if he wanted to share his thoughts. After some time of chatting and photographing, he asked for money (for buying cigarettes and snacks). Well, that was funny! We gave him some token and moved ahead appreciating the royalty of those structures. Now we could see a couple of other travelers as well. I guess you can only bask the exterior beauty as no one is permitted entry.
There are no entry fees, no guide. You can walk and cherish the graceful grand mansions.
I did not get a chance to talk to any local about the Havelis and hence the quest of the random thoughts concluded after some readings on the internet. I am not sure of the authenticity of the information, but still sharing the extract…
Why Bikaner for Havelis?
Since Bikaner was on the route of flourishing Silk Route, the merchants of Bikaner made it a trading town, and hence the exquisite and grande mansions were the choice for residences. Out of the thousands of Havelis, Rampuria is the grandest of all.
Rumored to have been built around the 14th-15th century, The Rampuria Haveli was built to befit the wealthy lifestyle of the merchant family- Rampuria. The family ordered Balujee Chalva, a local architect, to construct a royal and elegant mansion and he mastered it. You keep on staring at the haveli and will find delicate jharokhas, traditional old carved doors, and overhangs.
Where are those rich merchants now?
Sadly, most of them have settled abroad and the successors are no longer living in the mansions. Mostly caretaker is there and the property is divided into several little houses with independent owners. Uff! What an irony!
I would have never moved out of such a royalty! 😉😉What about you?
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