MANDAWA

Mandawa, earlier known as ‘Mandukidhani’, ‘Mandukabas’ or ‘Manduwas’, is situated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. This town is known for its fascinating havelis (mansion) and is often referred as the ‘open art gallery’ of Rajasthan because of the entire region of Shekhawati. This town is also known for its fort which has now been converted into a heritage hotel . It was founded by Thakur Nawal Singh in the 18th century who was the 1stdescendant of the Shekhawati rulers. This fort has painted arched gateway. The town was built around this fort. Mandawa Castle which was built as per the medieval theme is decorated with beautiful frescoes and the rooms of the castle have exquisite paintings, carvings and amazing mirror work. The town of Mandawa was fortified by the leading merchant families who stayed in that region in 18th century. These wealthy merchants of the village built a number of havelis and baolis. Later, when these families migrated to other places, their old havelis remained in total gloom as there was no one to look after them. Despite such ignorance, its architectural beauty did not fade and today it has become a major tourist attractions of Rajasthan.

What to See

The major attractions of Mandawa are its ‘Havelis’. The most important havelisof Mandawaare the Ladia, Chokhani Double, LakshminarayanLadia Haveli, GulabRaiLadia Haveli &BinsidharNewatia. Apart from the above, there are some more havelis like the Hanuman PrasadGoenka Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Mohan LalSaraf Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli &Jhunjhunwala Haveli. Each haveli is different from each other in terms of brilliant architectures, designs, marvelous painting, murals, etc. and are unique in their own way. The town also has a number of ancient and magnificent temples which speaks a lot about the Indian heritage. Thousands of devotees from every part of the world visit these temples and admire the beautiful paintings, murals and frescoes of Hindu Gods.

Best Time to visit

Mandawa is often visited by road from Delhi en-route to Bikaner. If someone is visiting Bikaner, the most ideal months climate wise are December to February and hence to visit Mandawa as well, these months are the best. Alternatively, one may also consider November and March when temperatures are between 15 to 30 degrees Celsius.

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