The best way to experience the pulse of a region is through its locality and native culture. Mandawa is one town in the district of Jhunjhunu which depicts the grandeur of its past.
Shekhawati, which is known as the 'Open Art Gallery' is best known for the Havelis (bungalows) and frescoes. Historically, Mandawa was part of Shekhawati region and it is also famous for its exquisite Havelis and vivid frescoes in Rajasthan.
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History of Mandawa
A chieftain named Mandu Jat is said to be the founder of Mandawa. Later, it flourished under the rule of Shekhawat Rajputs. However, the town became an important trading outpost during the time of Thakur Nawal Singh in 1755.
Calm Town of Mandawa
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What to Explore in Mandawa?
Frescoes are the 'stars' of Mandawa. No doubt, you will have a colour-blast while visiting this tranquil town. A number of Havelis with luxurious frescoes and carvings keep you engaged through the trip. Frescoes of Gods and Goddesses like Krishna and Radha, kings and queens, local people, mythological characters like Indra and even modern art of Jawaharlal Nehru can be found here.
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Frescoes not only showcase the workmanship of the artisans but also the royal past. The roots of rich Rajasthani culture can be seen in these paintings.
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Havelis in Mandawa
Since it was part of the ancient trade route, many traders have passed through this town. Some even settled here and constructed Havelis. Most of the other Havelis were built during the reign of Thakur Nawal Singh.
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Lakshmi Narayan Haveli, Mohanlal Sarafaveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Binsindhur Newatia Haveli, etc. are some of the prominent Havelis in Mandawa. Some of them are now turned into heritage hotels which offers a royal stay.
Mandawa Fort is one of the major attractions of the 18th century. Amazing frescoes of this fort allures the visitors from its beautiful archway. Paintings of Lord Krishna and many other mythological characters can be seen in the fort. Now, Mandawa Fort stands as a heritage hotel without losing its original charm.
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Famous Shooting Location
Bollywood has made use of this picturesque town in the most artistic way! Yes, Mandawa is one of the famous shooting locations of several Bollywood movies. Flims like Bajarangi Bhaijan, Love Aaj Kal, Mirzya and Jab We Met have shot some scenes in this vibrant town.
A visit to Mandawa will be a memorable experience as it is calm, colourful and historical! To get the royal and rural taste of Rajasthan, this is an apt place.
How to Reach Mandawa
Mandawa is 193km from Bikaner and 188km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
By Bus: Regular buses are available from major cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner to reach Mandawa.
By Train: Nawalgarh Railway Station which is 31km from Mandawa is the nearest railway station.