History of the Site
Built about 140 years ago, the Bichli Haveli is a traditional Rajasthani courtyard-style home, the ancestral house of the Mahim Singh Mehta family, descendants of 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 8 staircases, it is a large space with enormous potential for serving the larger community. In 2016, Restoration Works International partnered 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. We kicked off the project with the first volunteer tour in July 2017.
The Bichli Haveli Project offers a great opportunity to help Indian people preserve an important part of their cultural heritage and daily life. Our committed Indian partners are central to the success and sustainability of this project. Our partners include: