(The town of open art gallery)
Mandawa is a beautiful town in the Shekhawati region and is situated in the Junjhunu district of Rajasthan. This heritage city is popular for its forts and havelis. Now, these heritage havelis are turning into hotels to make the visitors feel how it is to be living there with lot of antiques and paintings of the 18th century in the whole Shekhawati region.
Built in the 18th century, the place was named as ‘Mandu ki Dhani’ at first and then with several name changes it was finalized as ‘Mandawa’. The old city of Mandawa first became a trading outpost for China and the Middle East, and a fort was created to protect this outpost, which resulted in a large community of traders staying there. Slowly and gradually, Mandawa was developed, and there are still a large number of heritage properties in the region.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Mandawa has a lot of attractions in the form of the 18th century built fort, havelis and temple. Heritage havelis turned hotels of Mandawa and adjacent areas make your stay more pleasing.
Here are the best attractions of Mandawa.
Mandawa Fort: Built back in 1755, the Mandawa Fort has still got some best paintings and antiques of that time.
Havelis: There are a large number of havelis in the region which will certainly give you the glimpse of old times.
- Sewaram Saraf Haveli
- Ram Pratab Nemani Haveli
- Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
- Goenka Double Haveli
- Murmuria Haveli
- Jhunjhunwala Haveli
- Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli
Thakurji Temple : The temple is decorated with the paintings of Lord Krishna.
Other than these places, you can also visit Mandawa’s local market, other nearby havelis and villages (Nawalgarh, Mukundgarh, Fatehpur, Dundlod, and Parsurampura).
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The most pleasant time to visit are winters (October to February) when the temperature ranges between 5 to 20 degree Celsius. The summers (March to June) are really hot with the maximum temperature crossing 45 degree Celsius. Mandawa is a dry place and temperature during monsoon (July to September) ranges between 25 to 35 degree Celsius.
Sunglasses, Hat, Scarf, Sunscreen Lotion; being very dry and hot and sports shoes for the camel rides. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by having lot of water and the local favourite butter milk.
HOW TO REACH:
The heritage town of Mandawa does not have an airport or a railway station, so you need to reach the nearby bus stand first.
- By Air – The nearby airports to Mandawa are Jaipur (184 kms) and Delhi (246 kms). You can take a bus, cab, train or your personal vehicle to reach Mandawa from there.
- By Rail – Mandawa does not have a railway station, so you have to reach its nearby railway stations Jhunjhunu (27.5 kms), Mukundgarh (16.7 kms) or Churu (41.5 kms). You can hire a taxi from the railway station to reach Mandawa.
- By Road – Mandawa falls in the triangle of Jaipur-Delhi-Bikaner and can be reached via all these regions. You can either hire a cab, bus or get your personal vehicle to reach Mandawa.
Distance by road from major cities: Jaipur – 171 kms, Bikaner – 192 kms, Delhi – 233 kms