3. When these Non-resident Jains became prosperous, they built exquisite havelis carved out of sandstone for their families. Eventually the families too migrated from Kheechan, leaving behind their ancestral homes. In fact, of the 250-odd havelis in Kheechan, only 18 are occupied, and mostly by senior citizens.

TBI Travel: 7 Fascinating Photos Of The Havelis Of Kheechan

The only time you might have heard of Kheechan before is when you appreciated the remarkable efforts of ONE man, Ratanlal Maloo, in bringing over 15,000 Demoiselle Cranes to his little hamlet in Rajasthan from their homes in Mongolia and Eurasia, year after year! Today, Gangadharan Menon takes you on a little trip down the lanes of history and shows you the beautiful havelis that form part of Kheechan’s landscape.

 

1. Five centuries ago, Western Rajasthan was ruled by the Rajputs, the valiant warrior clan of India. They believed in violence, and lived and died by the sword. So the peace-loving Jains were not very comfortable settling in these parts.
1. Five centuries ago, Western Rajasthan was ruled by the Rajputs, the valiant warrior clan of India. They believed in violence, and lived and died by the sword. So the peace-loving Jains were not very comfortable settling in these parts.

Written by Gangadharan Menon

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Gangadharan Menon is a nature writer, art teacher, and photographer of the wild.

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