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Mandawa City

Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Rajasthan
Location: North Eastern Rajasthan
Altitude: 316 m
Population: 21,000
Language: Hindi
Known for: Fort and Havelis
Nearby Cities: Delhi, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Alwar, Bikaner

Located in north-east part of the state in Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan, Mandawa is the part of Shekhawati region. The small town of Mandawa is largely known for its famous fort and havelis.

Though, historically, it was founded by Mandu Jat as Mandawa Village but later on (during mid of 18th century), it was made thikana by the Bhojraj Ji Kasubsub clan of Shekhawat Rajput. One time, it was the trading outpost; especially served to the traders who trade between China and Middle East. So, over period of time, various structures had been constructed and likewise it became popular in the modern time as tourists’ spot.

Interestingly, most of the Havelis and fort of the Mandawa town are not only the examples of stunning architecture but also adorned with beautiful paintings and carving works. By looking the paintings of various styles and traditions, you can experience the changing time in India. The paintings started from the traditional themes including frescoes, animals, hunting and wrestling scenes and various other local activities to the modern European style (influenced with the British style and culture); so the western paintings such as cars, trains, telephones, gramophones and even English men and women are also beautifully carved here.

Major Tourists’ Attractions in Mandawa

• Mandawa Fort: Located in the centre of the town, it is one of the most fascinating attractions, Mandawa fort is built by Thakur Nawal Singh during the 6th decade of 18th century. It is wonderful structure adorned with arched gateway; you can see here beautiful paintings of Lord Krishna and his cows. All the rooms and halls of the palaces are thoroughly adorned with paintings of Lord Krishna and other carvings and mirror work. Today, it is transformed into heritage hotel.

• Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli: It is a wonderful architect adorned with the paintings of Lord Shiva and other deity.

• Goenka Double Haveli: Beautifully architected, Goenka Double Haveli has various fascinating features including monumental façade of elephants and horses; wide range of paintings portraying the images of traditional Rajasthani women to Europeans wearing fashionable hats etc.

• Jhunjhunwala Haveli
• Murmuria Haveli
• Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli
• Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli

How to Reach??

By Road: Located merely at the distance of 190 kms north of state capital city Jaipur, Mandawa can be easily reached by bus. However, it is well linked with many cities and towns of Rajasthan as well as Delhi. You can also hire private small vehicle to enjoy your holiday the fullest.

By Rail: Jhunjhunu is the nearest railway station, which is directly linked with various major cities of India.

By Air: Though, the nearest airport is Jhunjhunu but it is not regular functional otherwise Jaipur airport is the nearest one, which is directly linked with various major cities of India. So, you can take flight for Jaipur and from where either you need to take bus or else hire private vehicle to reach Mandawa.

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