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Home :: India Destination :: Rajasthan :: Mandawa

Castle MandawaOccupying a central position in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, Mandawa has emerged as a rich cultural destination, drawing holidaymakers from across the globe. As you begin exploring the ancient treasures like forts, palaces, castles and havelis, you would soon feel gripped by the fairytale-like ambiance that the town presents. Founded in the 18th century, the town served as an important halt for traders travelling along the famous Silk Route to China. Mandawa today invites people to see and experience the paintings that have earned it the sobriquet – ''Open Air Art Gallery''.

Climate & Best Time
Summers in Mandawa are very hot with temperature shooting up to a maximum of 45 degrees centigrade. Winters are chilly and the temperature can fall to 10 degrees centigrade or even below at night. The ideal time for you to pay a visit to Mandawa is between October and March.

Places to Visit
Mandawa has a number of surprises in its bouquet of attractions. The medieval charm of the place still captures imaginations in so many ways. Plan your trip here and experience it all for yourself. A few of the castles and havelis are as follows.

» Castle Mandawa
One of the biggest attractions for visitors to Mandawa, the castle showcases the brilliance of the Rajput architecture and has wings built on various themes. The archway bears impressive paintings of Lord Krishna and his cowherds.

» Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
Hanuman Prasad Goenka HaveliThis wonderfully built haveli is one of the most famous havelis at Mandawa. Here, you would see paintings that depict Indra Dev seated on an elephant and Lord Shiva on his bull, Nandi.

» Murmuria Haveli
Here, you will observe a painting which shows a train with an over-packed level crossing, with crows hovering around. Paintings depicting Nehru on horseback is also worth seeing for visitors.

» Goenka Double Haveli
One of the most prominent of all the havelis, the Goenka Double Haveli has two entrances, with its portico embellished beautiful paintings of elephants and horses.

Stay Options
To soak up the old-world charm of Mandawa all the more, you need to plan your stay at one of the many heritage hotels of the town. You would surely like to stay at hotels like Mandawa Castle, Mukandgarh Fort, Hotel Heritage Mandawa, Roop Niwas Palace etc.

Getting There
Jaipur, at a distance of 190 km, happens to be the closest airport to Mandawa. Being the capital of the state, Jaipur (Sanganer Airport) has regular flights connecting to the key destinations of the country. By road, Mandawa is accessible from various cities of Rajasthan and outside. Jhunjhunu, the nearest railhead, has trains from Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner.

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