Mandawa is famous for its beautiful havelis, Mandawa fort, mansions and vibrating culture. This small town is situated in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan state. This is one of the prominent landmarks of Rajasthan city where you will explore rich heritage, Rajasthani architecture in their royal havelis and mansions. This town is a part of Shekhawati region showcasing a prominent trademark of Shekhawati region. In this city you will explore more than 100 big and small havelis and many other beautiful structures which offer an unforgettable experience to each and every tourist. This city is also famous for experiencing the paintings, traditional dances, folk music, culinary, camel rides and lot of fun things. The close proximity from the national capital city Delhi this destination is always on the priority of domestic and international tourists to enjoy the real taste of Rajasthan. By this article we highlight top 10 things to do in Mandawa Tour.
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1. Mandawa Fort (Castle Mandawa)
Mandawa fort or castle Mandawa is one of the prime attractions for the tourists which are coming to the open art gallery Mandawa and its historical locations. Mandawa fort was built in 1755 AD by Thakur Nawal Singh who was the first descendent of Shekhawati region. The Mandawa fort has now has been converted in to a heritage hotel where tourist can stay and enjoy the sheer luxury experience of Rajasthani culture and heritage. This hotel is equipped with all modern amenities such as bar, swimming pool, dining hall and luxury spacious rooms. This castle offers a perfect stay for their luxury guests and this is the best place to experience the royal culture of Rajasthan.
2. Thakurji Temple
The Thakur Ji temple of Mandawa was built by the rich merchants and traders of that time. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna consists with beautiful paintings and sculptures. This town is famous for their historical monuments ad royal Havelies in which the Thakur ji temple play a vital role to showcasing the art and crafts depicted on the walls of the temple. A unique blend of design and artwork of 18th century make you feel mesmerize after the visit. This temple is still worshiped by the locals and devotees throughout the day and from every place pilgrims come to pay their homage. This temple is also believed as the famous monuments of Mandawa.
3. The Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
The Hanuman Prasad Goenka presented a true example of Rajasthani art work and heritage. This haveli was built by the famous business man family “Goenka” in the 19th century. This beautiful haveli consists with beautiful painting, carvings, arches, pillars and courtyards. Here you will find the beautiful paintings of Lord Shiva sitting on Bull , Lord Indra is sitting on the elephant and many other mythological characters which represents the dedication of Rajputs towards their Hindu gods and Goddesses. This haveli is also showing one of the major example of craftsmanship and artwork of history. This haveli is having special courtyards, spacious rooms and walls painted with frescoes. This is one of the prime attraction of Mandawa town.
4. Saraf Haveli
The Mohanlal Saraf Haveli Mandawa is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Mandawa. This beautiful was built in 18th century as a resident of Saraf (Merchants) as Mandawa is known as the famous spot for trading during 18th century. The rich merchants built their houses and havelies which is mostly made in Rajputana architecture and still tourists from all over the world came to visit this historical place. In Mohanlal Saraf Haveli you will visit beautifully carved archways, intricate designing beautifully carved windows showcasing a vintage charm Rajputana era. This is one of the best place to visit in Mandawa where you can appreciate the skillful craftsmanship of Rajputana architecture.
5. Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli
The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is one of the most famous palatial haveli of Mandawa. This is a perfect example of art, architecture and heritage of Rajput rules. This was built in 29th century and one of the prime attractions of Mandawa town. Still many tourists come to visit this awe-spring mansion. The walls are showing beautiful paintings of animals, birds, culture and tradition of Rajasthani lifestyle. This haveli is featuring exceptional murals of various themes. The main attraction of this haveli is wooden carved gates and latticed windows. This haveli is considered as incredible piece of art and craftsmanship for its exotic imaginary.
6. Open Air Art Gallery
This entire town is believed as an open art gallery. Mandawa is the trade center during 18th century where most of the rich merchants take halt while crossing the silk route. Many of these built their houses and mansions to stay here and still these havelies are one of the top attractions of Mandawa town. This brought lots of arts and architecture from different clans in to this small town. These havelies are beautiful carved and painted by frescoes which will take you back to the Rajputana era. Lots of tourists came to visit this blend of art and culture and every havelies and mansions have a unique design and pattern which creating a vibrating atmosphere to the visitors.
7. Things to buy in Mandawa
The visit of the local markets of Mandawa is truly takes you to a fascinating journey of the ancient era. You must go for shopping if you are on Mandawa Tour. The handicrafts here are very famous and you will buy antique furniture, wooden carves statues, models, paintings, traditional clothes and many other things as well. If a woman interested for shopping they can buy bangles, Rajasthani Lehnga Chunri, traditional jewelry etc. If you are an art lover then you can still buy beautiful painting, handmade articles and decorative articles for his home.
8. Murmuria Haveli
Murmuria Haveli is one among the top attraction of Mandawa Town. This unique haveli built by the traders of this town during 18th century. This haveli is famous for depicting the beautiful paintings, ancient sculptures of gods and goddesses along with freedom fighters and political leaders. This Haveli is built rajasthani architecture with beautifully carved work and frescoes paintings. The beautiful paintings includes the paintings of cars. George V, Jawahar lal Nehru sitting on horse and lord Krishna with his cows. You will also see a long painting of train where a crow is flying on the top of train engine. The artwork is amazing here and every painting showcasing the ancient culture and tradition of Rajputs.
9. The Chokhani Double Haveli
The Chokhani Double Haveli was built by the famous chokhani family who was the rich merchants of that time. This double story haveli built in 1910 by the two brothers of Chokhani merchant family. This beautiful housing built in two different wings housing paintings of British soldiers, Lord Krishna, cars, Peacock, wrestling scenes, hunting and rajasthani traditions. This haveli is best known for its best frescoes painting which is still remain beautiful and this is prominent landmark for the tourists. The courtyard, balconies, verandah, roofs all are built in Rajputana architecture and a must visit place during your Mandawa tour.
10. Harlalka Well
This is an archaeological monuments and one of the must visit place during the Mandawa Tour. This Harlalka well is believed as the wishful well where pilgrims are still come to fulfill his desires. This well is very deep and in the crystal clear water you will see your shadow splendidly. This beautiful well is surrounded by 4 beautiful pillars without any railing. This is the place where you can sit and relax for some time by experiencing the rich heritage of Rajputana era. Most of the tourists coming to visit this temple to try their luck as well by makig wishes in to this well.