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A merchant’s paradise
The region boasts of some of the most lavish mansions belonging to the wealthiest businessmen of the country. With a history dating back to the 15th century when it was founded by a Rajput cheiftan, Rao Jodha; Shekhawati towns have witnessed times of unparalleled wealth, fortune, prosperity and opulence. By the 19th century, it had become a thriving hub for trade and business. Reduced taxes, better opportunities and accessibility to nearby commercial centers like Jaipur and Bikaner turned Shekhawati into a trade magnet for many merchants belonging to the Marwari and Bania trade communities of Rajasthan who moved here from nearby towns and villages and hit a jackpot by a booming trade in opium, cotton and spices. As wealth and affluence multi-folded, it started reflecting in their homes that slowly turned into palatial mansions that are known as ‘havelis’.Sonal Parakh
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