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
» Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
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
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.
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.