Mandawa is a beautiful heritage town located in the Shekhawati region in Jhunjhunu District. It is a well known tourist destination of Rajasthan. This wonderful place was constructed in the mid eighteenth century. It was then inhabited by wealthy merchant families. They built large havelis and lived there lavishly. The havelis were decorated with a variety of exclusive wall paintings, mainly with the themes of Frescoes, which displayed wrestling and hunting scenes, animals, local legends etc. During the British rule, the traditional themes were exchanged by trains, cars, telephones, English people in hunting attires etc. In course of time, the merchants shifted to other areas. But the glory of the havelis did not fade. At present, the havelis have become a major tourist attraction of this place.
Mandawa is famous for carrying a legacy and glory of the Rajput heritage. Thousands of tourists are magnetized to see the royal heritage of Rajput Art. There are a number of royal heritage hotels and restaurants to enjoy the place.
Location: 190 kms from Jaipur
Climate: Summers are extremely hot and winters are chilly cold.
Wear light cottons in summers. Protect yourself with heavy woollens if you visit the place in winters.
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest Airport is in Jaipur (168 Kms)
By Train: Nearest Railway Station is in Jhunjhunu
By Road: HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches available regularly
Places of Interest
Location: 1.4 kms from city centre, 167 kms from Jaipur Airport
Best months to visit: September to March
The beautiful Mandawa castle was established in 1755 A.D. by Thakur Nawal Singh. The architecture of the fort was inspired by Seesh Mahal of Amber Fort. The entire fort is decorated with stunning mirror work, imperial chandeliers, exclusive wall paintings and exotic antiques. The bright engravings in every part of the fort are worth watching. All these exquisite decorations will remind you of the golden royal culture. The paintings and sculptures of this fort are inspired by Hindu mythology. This beautiful fort is now turned into a Royal Heritage Hotel. This hotel will give you the feel of ancient royalties, along with all the modern amenities.
Location: Opposite Goenka Double Haveli
Best month to visit: October to March
Thakurji Temple is a major religious sanctuary in Mandawa, which is devoted to Lord Krishna. It is brightened with the artwork and pictures of Lord Krishna. Some paintings portray the situations of the Sepoy Mutiny that occurred in 1857. Every year lots of devotees come here to adore the beautiful Temple. You feel a divine energy in the ambience of the temple. Chattris and staircase are situated on the western part of the sanctuary. The chattris are decorated with superb patterned corners and eye-catching paintings. Frescoes and wall paintings of the temple are beautifully designed by skilled art experts.
Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
Location: It is located in Mandawa
Best month to visit: November to Mid-March
Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli is a mind-blowing place, constructed in Rajasthani style. It was inhabited by many royal Rajput families. Impressive artwork and astonishing construction of this haveli reminds the culture of the gone era. Every part of the haveli is designed with antique sculptures and paintings. It has an eminent portrayal of Lord Shiva, sitting on Nandi bull and Indra, sitting on an elephant back. You will be astounded by the enormous doors of the Haveli. The front is beautified with pictures of elephants and steeds, in an excellent and superb style.
Location: In Mandawa
Best month to visit: September to March. It is open from 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
The interior of this Haveli represents the skills of the artists and the glories of the rich owners. This marvellous structure was constructed in 1859. Jhunjhunwala Haveli is the best example of Rajasthani architecture. This grand Haveli is decorated with astonishing artwork. Stunning paintings of Lord Krishna with lots of Gopis, add a charm in the beauty of its interior. There is an amazing room inside the Haveli which is painted with gold leaves. Fine designs of this artwork spellbound the visitors. The entrance of this Haveli is made from engraved wooden entryways. The entire Haveli is an exceptional example of fine art work.
Location: In Mandawa
Best month to visit: Throughout the year
Mandawa is a great place for shopping, especially if you are interested in traditional Rajasthani stuff or art and paintings. Some exclusive shops and Government Emporiums offer a decent collection of metal utensils, bangles, antique paintings, handicrafts and beautiful decorative things. You can also get exactly same antique paintings, as presented in the ancient Havelis. These paintings are recreated by craftsmen. It is an ideal place for the Fine Art admirers. Paintings and the art and crafts are an introduction to the rich culture and traditional perspective of Rajasthan.
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