Before one books a trip to Mandawa, a town in the district of Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, he should first get his hands on the lists of places to see in Mandawa to get a fantastic experience on his expedition. A true-blue Rajasthani town, the place boasts of many havelis and a magnificent fort, all of which are great specimens of traditional fresco painting. Without going into many details, here is a list of places to pay a visit to in Mandawa.
Bansidhar Newatia Haveli
Best known for its attractive and colorful paintings, Binsidhar Newatia haveli is a major tourist attraction here, a place of great historical value. The architecture takes you back to the past glories of Rajasthan. The spotlights of the haveli are eye-catching fresco wall paintings.
Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
The haveli is well-known for its beautiful artwork which was the work of local artists from a couple of centuries ago. The paintings of Lord Shiva on his Nandi Bull and other mythological characters here speak of the strong belief of the Rajputs in Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli
One of the most beautiful mansions of Mandawa, an exceptional piece of art and architecture. Each brick holds the glory of the Rajputana clan. People who wish to have a look on the royalty of the long gone Rajputana kings must visit the haveli.
Sewaram Saraf Haveli
A 100-year-old haveli, while it is famous for its architecture and paintings, many recent blockbusters, including PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, have been shot here.
Mandawa Fort (Castle Mandawa)
Imposing in stature and elaborate in its construction and architecture, the Mandawa fort was founded in the 18th century by members of the royal family and is now one of the best-known structures in the Shekhawati region. Boasting of intricate mirror-work and fresco-paintings taking inspiration from Hindu gods, the fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel called ‘Castle Mandawa’ by the descendants of the original inhabitants and is one of Bollywood’s favourite destinations now.
In this haveli, one will find a mix of eastern and western culture- like Lord Krishna with his cows in the English courtyard and a young Nehru on a horseback, holding the national flag. Murals in the Thakurji Temple, located opposite the Goenka Double haveli and the Murmuria haveli, include soldiers being shot from the mouths of cannons, from the Mutiny of 1857. Further west is a couple of chhatris and a step-well, still in use and bearing paintings inside its decorative corner domes. If the time is right, you can also enjoy grand Janmaashtami celebrations at the Raghunath Temple, next doors to .