NORTHEAST Off JAIPUR , situated along the old camel caravan trade route, lies Shekhawatt , or the "garden of Sheikh ", named after Rao Shekha, a fiercely independent ruler who consolidated the region in the 15th century. Today, it is known as Rajasthan's Bost famous open air museum. A network of excellent roads through semi-arid scrubland connects most towns and villages where the painted haeelis of lnclia's leading merchant families stand today in ghostly splendour.
The fort-palace a now a charming hotel and a convenient base from which to visit the neighbouring towns.
This picturesqae mid-15th century town is best known for the singhania ,Goenka and Jalan havelis.
This 19th-cencury town As based on Jaipur's grid plan. The Char Chowk (four courtyards ') Haveli, owned by the Ganerinala family, a said to be the grandest in the region.
Its fort-palace and two splendid Goenka bavelis are worth a visit.
The Prodder and the Aath ("eight") havelis are renowned for their frescoes.
Sikar's is charm lies in its havelis, bazaars and rural ambience.