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A Rajasthani town with real heritage and reel appeal

Mandawa has a rich heritage and a long history. The epicentre of the Shekhawati region, this town is an open art gallery of elegant havelis and intricate fresco art, folk arts and cuisine. A quiet Rajasthani town, that is situated 240 kms to the west of Delhi, Mandawa is located centrally in the Shekhawati region, the traditional bastion of Marwari traders and it was an important trade-town from the 17th century until a few decades ago. The prosperity of its old residents is reflected in the gorgeous havelis they built all over the town, complete with traditional Rajasthani architecture and intricate fresco paintings, depicting events from Lord Krishna’s legend and scenes from the daily life of yore. So while the trading families have moved to other parts of the country, these havelis, temples and castles still stand testimony to the past era, captivating travellers from India and abroad alike. In fact, the fresco art, a style of mural painting done on directly on fresh plaster, is so visible on the buildings here, that Mandawa is often referred to as the biggest open art gallery in world.

The town’s outskirts are covered by sand dunes inhabited by small villages locally called ‘Dhaanis’. Although they are small in size, these dhaanis are culturally vibrant, with the residents proficient in folk performing arts and local cuisine. That’s not all. Because of its strong geographical factors and rich cultural heritage, Mandawa has recently become a favored Bollywood location, with many recent blockbusters, like PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Jab We Met shot here in the recent years.


Mandawa Fort

Visual treat, guaranteed

Located in the midst of Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan, the Mandawa Fort is a famous tourist spot. Built by Nawal Singh, Mandawa Fort is a visual treat for art lovers. The fort walls are adorned with a number of aesthetic portraits and mirror work.  It also has an interesting antique collection. Give this place a visit to know about the rich history of the Rajasthani architecture. Currently the fort is transformed into a heritage hotel. Accessing the Mandawa fort is also hassle free, as it is located at a distance of only 167 kilometers Jaipur airport.

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli

A blend of true Rajasthani art and heritage

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli is a perfect blend of true Rajasthani art and heritage. The haveli is well-known for its beautiful artwork. As you roam about in the Haveli, you will find paintings of many mythological characters, Lord Shiva on the revered Nandi Bull and even figures of elephants.  

Binsidhar Newatia Haveli

Colours everywhere!

Binsidhar Newatia haveli is one of the major tourist attractions in Mandawa and is popular for its colourful paintings. The haveli gives you a glimpse of the past Rajasthani culture and traditions. The elegant patterns and the spectacular architectural design transport you into a different era altogether.


Enjoy Rajasthani folk music

End the day on a sweet note!

Mandawa is frequented by several traveling gypsy tribes. These groups, besides leading nomadic lives, are proficient in Rajasthani folk music. Spend a couple of hours in the evening enjoying their performance. On special request, you may even get to witness a dying music form. Two nearby families have played a devotional form of folk music, that is a tribute to their family deity, for generations. This sonic tribute called ‘Phad’, played with ravan-hatta, tanpura and percussion is likely to be lost soon, as the current family patriarchs are the last living experts of this artform.

Interact with Local Community

Meet the storytellers of Mandawa

Miniscule Rajasthani villages, called Dhaanis have mushroomed all around Mandawa. They have preserved a lifestyle that is not found in even the most urbanized and tourist-frequented regions of the state. A camel ride, beginning from the Municipality Square will take through the place that Dhaanis live, allowing you to get an insight into their way of life. You can also enjoy a home-cooked meal here.

how to get there

By Air - The nearest International Airport to reach Mandawa is Jaipur International Airport, roughly three and half hour drive from Mandawa. The airport has regular flights and is well connected to metro cities cities like Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai,  and other cities such as Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur and Pune.

By Train - The nearest Railway Station is Jhunjhunu Railway Station which is connected to the all major cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Sariska, Delhi, Indore and Pune through trains such as  Rewari-Sikar Passenger, Shekhawati Express and Sadulpur Passenger.

when to visit

The best season to visit Mandawa is the winter season. The temperature is quite comfortable and is ideal for sightseeing at this time. The best months to visit are October, November, December and March.

Local cuisine

Rajasthani Cuisine

deliciousness beyond Dal Bati and Laal Maas

The arid vegetation of the Rjasthan lends itself in the most delicious way to the flavors of the region. From the commoner's staple Dal Bati Churma to the more indulgent Laal Maas, the Rajasthani flavors bring alive the spicy treat the royal land is much regarded for. 

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