Today you have the option of resting within the walls of this elegant retreat or undertaking an excursion to some of the towns of Shekhawati that from the 14th century onwards, were important trading posts on the Silk and Caravan routes from Gujarati ports to the fertile and booming cities of the Ganges plain. Shekhawati merchants who prospered sent funds home to construct and decorate their extraordinary abodes with whimsical, elaborate, story-telling frescoes that ornamented their courtyard havelis inside and out.