MANDAWA SHEKHAWATI

Mandawa Fort

History of Mandawa Fort

Mandawa is one of the most historically important cities in Rajasthan. The historical importance of the city attracts a large number of tourists. Mandawa was founded by the Rajputs in the 18th century. During that time they build a number of structures in this place. These structures bear a lot of historical significance. The Mandawa Fort was built by Nawal Singh. He was the first direct descendant of the Shekhawati rulers. This fort also has helped in the development of a little township around the area.

Attractions of Mandawa Fort

Tours to Mandawa Fort is a great attraction for tourists. The painted archways in the fort are a visual treat. There are a number of paintings in the fort as well. A number of paintings in this fort depict Lord Krishna. The variety of décor and theme in the rooms of the fort are also a great attraction for the tourists. The rooms also boast a number of beautiful paintings and mirror work.

A medieval ambience and charm is mainly prevalent in the fort. The fort also has a number of portraits on its walls. The antique collection of the fort is also something to look out for. A careful look of these items will take you back to the Rajput era of Rajasthan.

The Mandawa Fort is currently transformed into a heritage hotel. However, the transformation has taken away the old world charm of fort. Moreover, accessing the Mandawa fort is also a hassle free. It is located only 167 kilometers Jaipur airport. There is also the Jhunjhunu airport which is for charter flights. The fort is also near to the railway station

Havelis

A haveli in Mandawa

This town has been referred to as the “open art gallery” of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region and not just Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions(havelis) that have lavishly painted walls.

Sewaram Saraf Haveli

This 100-year-old Haveli is famous for its architecture and paintings, Bollywood’s Favorite Destination for Movie Shooting, PK, Bajrangi Bhaijan, Mirza Sahibaan and many more

Ram Pratab Nemani Haveli

The Haveli has been recently converted into a Heritage Hotel where one can experience untouched frescos dating back to the 18th century. Vivaana Culture Hotel is a captivating twin haveli adorned with fascinating paintings. Both the exterior and interior boast of superb and rare artifacts and frescos. The over a century old haveli has been lovingly restored and renovated maintaining the old world charm.

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli

This haveli has a painting depicting Indra Dev on an elephant and Lord Shiva on his Nandi bull.

Goenka Double Haveli

This haveli, with two gates, has a monumental façade of elephants and horses. The outer walls, jutting balconies, alcoves and overhanging upper storeys are replete with patterns and paintings, ranging from traditional Rajasthani women and religious motifs to Europeans wearing stylish hats and other Victorian finery.

Temples in Mandawa

Set in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Mandawa is a small town which is well-known for housing beautiful havelis and ancient temples. There are a number of magnificent temples in Mandawa, which speak much about Indian Heritage. These beautiful temples attract devotees from different corners of the world. All these architectural gems of Mandawa feature a great collection of beautiful paintings, frescoes and murals of Hindu mythological characters.

There are a number Lord Shiva and Krishna temples in the town which are known for their intricate architecture. Most of the temples in Mandawa were built by wealthy traders and merchants. Thakurji Temple is one of the most beautiful temples here.

Shopping in Mandawa

When in Mandawa, do not forget to get your hands on some amazing things. Mandawa’s shops have many interesting things to sell. Markets in Mandawa are great for lovers of art and painting, as the town is known for its paintings too along with its forts and palaces. Most of these paintings are inspired by those in Mandawa’s forts and palaces and have been recreated by artisans. Other things you must buy in Mandawa include carved wooden furniture, metal utensils, dye fabric, tie and bangles, among others.