With architecture, themes and motifs reflecting cultural sensibilities as well as aspirations of their owners, Shekhawati havelis were designed to impress. The traders might have been as wealthy as Rajput kings of their time. So, they built havelis or mansions drawing inspiration from them, which were smaller, but grand nevertheless. If you were a guest not so easily impressed, paintings of Lord Krishna and his gopikas in shiny gold and lapis lazuli blue on the parlor ceiling might have done the trick. There are many places in Rajasthan worth visiting. One of them is Shekhawati – ‘Open Air Art Gallery’ of Nawalgarh. Nowhere else in the world is there such a profusion of wall paintings, so intricate and finely executed, in hundreds of havelis, temples, cenotaphs, wells and forts.