one of the finest nestled in the Shekhawati region, Mandawa is not
only famous for its royal castle, but also for its innumerable Havelis
where painted facades offer a great variety of surprises.
Mandwa was founded by Thakur Nawal Singh, a descendant of Rao Shekha
after whom the whole Shekhawati region was named. Today this small
town has come out as a major centre of handicrafts and furniture
Places worth checking out
This castle was built in the year 1755 and is approachable through
two gateways mounted with cannons. Several narrow staircases and
courtyards connect the dinning room with the rest of the rooms, which
were added to the palace over the centuries. A terrace offers a view
over the entire town. Now converted into a charming heritage hotel, do
not miss to enjoy the dinner in the open environment of the castle's
Camel Safari in the Thar
Do you get lured with the mystified and unexplored beauty of the
desert region? Shekhawati is one the best regions of the state of
Rajasthan to enjoy a camel Safari. Mandawa works as an ideal getaway
destination to get experience the desert horizons.
Nawalgarh is situated around 37 km south of Mandawa and is famous
for its fort, built in 1737. Other attractions here include havelis of
Anandi Lal Poddar, Aath Haveli, Hem Raj Kulwal Haveli, Bhagton Ki
Haveli, and Khedwal Bhavan.
Parsurampura is located some 43 km south east of Mandawa and
has the distinction of having the best-preserved and oldest paintings
in the Shekhawati region.
Mukundgarh is around 25 km southeast of Mandawa and is a tiny
village famous for its fort and havelis.
Dundlod is situated around 30 southeast of Mandawa and is famous
for its fort and havelis. The attractions in this place include the
Jagathia Haveli, Satyanarayan Temple, and Tuganram Goenka Haveli apart
from the Dundlod fort and palace.
Fatehpur was established in 1451 as a capital for Muslim nawabs
but was taken by the Shekhawat Rajputs in the 18th century. Some of
the attractions include the Mahavir Prasad Goenka Haveli, Gauri
Shankar Haveli, Nand Lal Devra Haveli, and Harikrishnan Das Sarogi
Haveli apart from a 17th century baoli.
Jhunjhunu is the district headquarters and the largest town in
the Shekhawati region. The town was founded by the Kaimkhani nawabs in
the mid-15th century, and stayed under their control until it was
taken by the Rajput ruler Sardul Singh in 1730. The major attractions
in the city include the Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple, Modi Haveli,
and Kaniram Narsinghdas Tiberwala Haveli.