Join Restoration Works International on an exploratory trip, October 18-27, 2016, to one of our future projects in Udaipur, India: the Bichli Haveli. As a participant, you’ll be among the first RWI volunteers to arrive on site, and you’ll play an important role in pre-program preparations by providing input about community engagement, logistics, site work, local programs and area activities. We won’t be participating in any hands-on restoration this trip but rather getting to know the site, the community, and our partners as an advance team.
The Bichli Haveli
Built between 130 and 140 years ago, the Bichli Haveli is the traditional ancestral home of the Mehta family, one of the noble families of the former Mewar state. Situated in the old city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, it is close to all the famous bazaars, palaces, and lakes for which the “White City” is known.
The Mehta family still owns the property six generations after it was constructed, but it has sat empty since 1992. With 46 rooms, 3 stories, 2 courtyards, and 5 staircases, it is a large space with enormous potential.
Restoration Works International is partnering with the Mehtas to restore this magnificent piece of Indian heritage and convert it to a purpose that will be beneficial to the surrounding community.
Preliminary plans call for the haveli to become a joint guest house and traditional arts space, which will employ local workers and actively promote the sustainability of Udaipur’s living and tangible heritage during and after the restoration.