While Mandawa is full of historic mansions with beautifully painted walls which leave the visitors awestruck, there can be more to this town than sightseeing if one has the enthusiasm and the spirit of a true explorer. The beauty of this city doesn’t constrain itself within the walls of those mansions built centuries ago but outflows through the traditions and cultures of the people. Here is the list of some of the things one must lay his hands on to add feathers to his hat.
Shopping is the one thing everyone likes to do in a new place. Everyone wishes to return to their home with some of the memories and gifts for their friends or relatives. Here in Mandawa, is an interesting segment as one can buy decorative items, savories, etc. Paintings by various artists and things like carved wooden furniture, metal utensils, bangles are some of the major attractions for the tourists.
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Mandawa is one of the most popular circuits for Camel Rides. The Camel ride is the best outdoor activity one can take part in as it covers havelis like the Sewaram Saraf haveli, the havelis of Chokhani and Ladia, the double haveli of Goenkas and the Bansidhar Newatia haveli. All the rides to these havelis on the back of camel would finally lead you to Castle Mandawa for a royal affair.
Excursions to nearby locations
One can extend their expedition by taking part in excursions to nearby locations. Often, one gets bored if more than a week is spent at the same place. To keep the enthusiasm intact and explore this region deeper, one can visit nearby places to Mandawa which include, Nawalgarh, Jhunjhunu, and Sikar, among others.
Being a part of festivals
If by any chance, a person gets an opportunity to visit Mandawa during the festive season then it may be a whole new experience full of joy and merriness. The two popular festivals celebrated in Mandawa are the Camel Festival and the Gangaur Festival.
Camel Festival is held in the month of January and starts with a parade of camels from Junagadh Fort that are beautifully decorated with bridles and saddles.
While, in the month of March-April, the Gangaur festival is held. This is an 18-day long festival dedicated to Goddess Parvati.
Visiting Mandawa during festive season will be a whole lot new experience for someone who wishes to smell the traditions and cultures of Rajasthan.