Mandawa was first mentioned in 1755 when Nawal Singh built a fort here, now turned into the Castle Mandawa hotel. Mandawa became the city under the grandchildren of Nawal Singh, who at the end of the XVIII century. made it their residence.
Walking around the city, you will see several large Havelis, including Gulab Rai, and Saraf, a deep well with steps leading to the bottom, as well as antique shops selling art and folk art.
From Mandawa, you can go on a tour of the outskirts of the city or to the neighbouring settlements typical of Shekhavati. 25 km from Mandawa is the city of Nawalgarh, where there are many Havelis. Some of them are open to tourists. We recommend visiting the museum-palace of Podzar Haveli, founded in the 1920s. The next route point is the city of Neemrana. To get to it, you must overcome 225 km, spending about six hours on it. Take Highway 8 from Jaipur to Delhi and Behror, 1.5 km from the destination, turn north.
Attractions in Mandawa: -
Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli: - The painting of the external and internal walls of Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is considered one of the most beautiful in Shekhavati. In addition to traditional images of deities, Rajputs, and colonialists, here you can see scenes from the life of former owners of the mansion and erotic drawings.
Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli: - On the walls of Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli, pictures of the first flight of the Wright brothers' plane, a European phone-calling, and a tug-of-war scene between a "mighty man" called Professor Ramamurti and a car driven by an Englishman have been preserved.
Sneh Ram Ladia Haveli: - Almost the only Haveli in Shekhavati, whose frescoes are signed by the artist. This is a certain Babu Lal, who painted realistic, almost photographic portraits of merchants, the owners of the mansion. In the living room is a curious group portrait of the rulers of the principalities of Rajasthan.
Murmuria Haveli: - you should pay attention to the image of the god Shiva grazing cows against a typical English landscape.
Double Goenka Haveli: - Double Goenka Haveli is teeming with ornaments and paintings, from traditional Rajasthan women and religious motifs to Europeans in Victorian outfits. There are erotic frescoes hidden from prying eyes. You can go to them through the narrow passage inside the haveli.
Thakurji Temple: - In Thakurji Temple, opposite the Govenka and Murmuria Havelis, there is a scene of the British shooting sepoys after the suppression of the uprising of 1857-1858.
Safari in Mandawa: -
Mandawa also very popular among adventure loving people, as they also provide a Horseback and jeep safari.
Best Time to Visit Mandawa: -
Rajasthan is one of the driest and hottest states in India. The vast part of it is occupied by the Thar desert, hence the climate is hot and dry. The northwestern part is especially sandy, there is little rainfall. Plan to visit Jaipur from October and to March, it is comfortable
How to Reach Mandawa: -
By Air: - The nearest airport is Sanganer, Jaipur 184 km, 3.5 hours.
By Train: - The main railway stations are Jhunjhunu, Dundlod-Mukundgerh, and Nawalgarh. Shekhawati Express and Jaipur-Loharu Express trains connect Delhi and the capital of Jaipur with these stations.
By Road: - Delhi: 69 km on the NH8 motorway to Dharuhera and then 180 km on the state road to Mandawa via Rewari, Narnaul, Khetri, Jhunjhunu.