History

Alsisar Mahal is the battle hardened palace in the town of Alsisar near Shekhawati. Earlier Alsisar Mahal was the residence of the Thakur of Alsisar, which is recently renovated and refurbished into a luxurious heritage hotel. Alsisar, famous for castles, Havelis and Cenotaphs is a small town surrounded by semi arid desert, situated in the north-western part of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan. It originated in the form of small Havelis' collection in the town and later developed in the form of huge havelis which today stands tall and leaves a history behind them.

There are hundreds of havelis in this area which bear the wonderful fresco paintings in various everlasting colors and designs. Each speaks with full throated ease about the glorious past of Shekhawati. They are the masterpiece of art and architecture created centuries ago. This is the reason the land of Alsisar Mahal is popularly known as open art gallery.

Shekhawati means Garden of Shekha of Land of Shekhawat Rulers. The Rulers of the Shekhawati's Thikanan were the Shekhawat sub clan of Kachwaha Dynasty of Jaipur Princely State. Shekhawats was the most prominent among all the Kachawas of Jaipur. The Inhabitants of Shekhawati are considered brave, sacrificing and hard working people.

Shekhawati region offers peace and serenity to its visitors, famous for its marvellously painted havelis. The havelis of Shekhawati are major tourist appeal because of its striking architecture, and frescoes that are seen almost everywhere, the graceful interiors and massive parapets. The frescoes seem to narrate an interesting tale in a colourful manner. The entire Shekhawati region radiates with such frescoes and it is precisely this reason the it is often called as open air art gallery.