Tourism in Fatehpur
Popular Tourist Attractions in FatehpurHere are some popular tourist attractions in Fatehpur that one must visit:
Nadine Le Prince Haveli and Cultural CenterBuilt in 1802 by the Devra Family, who were also officers at the local court of Maharaja, Nadine Le Prince Haveli was bought and restored by a French artist – Nadine Le Prince in the year 1998.
Descendant of the renowned French painter and artist – Jean Baptiste Le Prince, Nadine has completely renovated the haveli and its various beautiful frescoes since then. Moreover, she is also actively involved in preserving and restoring the other havelis in the Shekhawati region.
Besides that, Nadine has also opened a cultural center within the haveli, where she showcases her most precious exhibits along with other works by many popular French and Indian artists, so as to blend old and modern art. The cultural center has many galleries including The Kala Dirga Gallery of Contemporary Art, which showcases paintings by Indian artists and The Saraswati Gallery, which features the paintings based on the traditional themes of Rajasthan. Moreover, the cultural center is also home to two Tribal Art Galleries covering the artworks of tribes such as Madhubani and Patachitras.
The main objective of this project is to inform the visitors about the different works and visions of artists from various regions including France, Jaipur Fine Art School and local painters from the Shekhawati region. Furthermore, Nadine has also established a special program for the resident artists and also has plans to make this place a major tourist attraction by organizing several cultural, dance and music events for the visitors. The galleries are open from 10 am to 7 pm everyday with an entrance fee of 200 Rupees per person.
Qureshi FarmsBuilt in October 2011, Qureshi Farm was officially inaugurated on 30th April 2012 by the then MLA Bharu Khan and Senior Yaqub Haji. Nominated as the ‘Faces of Transformation’ by Nations United for its education project 'Empower Rural India Through Goat Farming Via Social Media', Qureshi Farms was one of the 11 projects that were selected from all over the world.
Founded by Akbar Khan Qureshi, this project was even chosen as the Top 3 humanitarian projects in 2012. The farm is known for its research on breed development and maintaining various pedigrees of Indian exotic goats, sheep and camels.
Jagannath Singhania HaveliBuilt during the 19th century, Jagannath Singhania Haveli is another popular tourist attraction in Fatehpur. Known for its Radha-Krishna paintings, this haveli was initially used as a residence by the prominent Singhania family, who were quite renowned during that time.
The haveli has a unique nine door room on the terrace of the building, which is open on all sides. This results in great air circulation, keeping the room naturally cool all the time. The various frescoes on the walls of the Haveli depict the socio historical changes that took place in the Rajasthani society. While some of them show different pictures of Radha – Krishna, there are others that depict British men with guns.
Sitaram Kedia Ki HaveliBuilt by Shree Bohitram Kedia, grandfather of Sitaram Kedia, the Haveli is currently owned by Rajendra Kumar Kedia and his son – Anurag Kedia. The Haveli consists of two beautiful courtyards with a fountain and Naals on both sides. Decorated in lovely traditional paintings, the haveli also consists of a library and rooms with modern baths.
Locally called as Bijli Wali Haveli, Sitaram Kedia Ki Haveli was the first haveli in the small town of Fatehpur to have electricity via generators. Even though most of the rooms in this haveli are locked, however, one can visit it any day and that also free of charge.
Dwarkadheesh TempleConstructed during the 19th century, Dwarkadheesh Temple was built by the Sons of Seth Asharam Ji Poddar, to honor the memory of their father. Also known as the ‘Asharam Temple’, Dwarkadheesh Temple is home to various famous Shekhawati wall paintings, also called as ‘Open Air Art Gallery’.
Mahaveer Prasad Goenka HaveliEstablished in 1885, Mahaveer Prasad Goenka Haveli is one of the most beautiful havelis in the Shekhawati region. This is because of the several exquisite murals and frescoes over here, which reflect the excellent craftsmanship of the artists that flourished during that time.
One of the main highlights of the Haveli is the painted ceiling in one of the top floor rooms, which is also a major tourist attraction over here. Similar to the other havelis in Fatehpur, Mahaveer Prasad Goenka Haveli also opens with a huge beautifully carved wooden gate. Right next to the entrance is the outer courtyard, which leads to a smaller courtyard as you venture deeper into the haveli.
Harkishan Das Saraogi HaveliSimilar to all the other havelis in Rajasthan, Harkishan Das Saraogi Haveli opens to a huge courtyard that leads to several corridors and rooms. The interiors of this haveli are decorated with exquisite frescoes, which perfectly compliment the color and design of the haveli. Moreover, there are also several miniature paintings of Lord Krishna. There is also a common meeting hall in the Haveli that is used to greet guests on the ground floor.
Choudaharia HaveliChoudaharia Haveli is the perfect reflection of the Rajput era in Rajasthan. From beautiful miniature paintings to exquisite frescoes, Choudaharia Haveli showcases a wide range of Rajput artifacts.
Decorated with stunning murals, frescoes and artwork, Choudaharia Haveli is one of the most beautiful havelis in the state. From Lord Krishna to Lord Rama, the frescoes in the haveli depict various different stories from Hindu mythological characters. The beautiful wall paintings in the haveli attract art lovers from all over the world. Even though, most of the Choudaharia Haveli is now ruined due to passage of time, the paintings and frescoes over here remind us of the exquisite craftsmanship of the Rajput artisans.