Widely known for its beautiful and grandiose forts, historical monuments and Havelis; The fort town of Mandawa enjoys a tranquil location at around 190 km away from Jaipur in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Mandawa resembles an “open art gallery” of Rajasthan because the town along with the whole Shekhawati Region is speckled with colorful havelis (mansions) that narrate the artistic skills of ancient rulers. Mandawa is also known for its brave and diligent population of Jats.
The best season to visit Mandawa is the winter season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing. The best months to visit are October, November, December and March.
Summer season: Summers of Mandawa are extremely hot and exhausting. The temperature ranges from 32°C to 45°C in the months of March to June.
Monsoon season: July marks the beginning of Monsoon season in Mandawa and lasts till September. It is marked with pleasant climate and cool breeze.
Winter season: Winters approach Mandawa in November and lasts till February. The climate is pleasantly cool and is apt for sightseeing.
How to Reach
The nearest International Airport is Jaipur International Airport, roughly three and half hour drive from Mandawa. It is well connected to a spectrum of cities like Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur and Pune.
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 Rewari-Sikar Passenger, Shekhawati Express and Sadulpur Passenger.
Dundlod Fort: Located 36 Kms from Mandawa in Nawalghar city, a part of Shekhawati, Dundlod is basically a small town in the Jhunjhunu district and is known for the forts and havelis of 18th century. It is widely recognized for the Fort constructed by Rawal King in the 16th century, called as Dundlod Fort which serves as one of the key attractions in the region.
Churu Fort: Located 57 km from Mandawa in Churu city, the fort is located in a historical and a renowned district famous for forts and havelis built in the conventional Rajasthani architectural manner. The outer walls of these havelis and forts are festooned with the images illustrating the stories of local heroes. Churu Fort is among one of the famous tourist attractions and was established in 1739 by Thakur Khushal Singh.
Murmuria Haveli: Murmuria Haveli is one of the major attractions in the region that was built with the paintings of trains, George V, cars, and Venice on the walls by Balu Ram during the 1930s. The haveli also marks a long wall painting depicting a train with a crow flying above the engine.
Goenka Double Haveli: Like any other haveli, the Goenka Double Haveli stands as a majestic landmark in the heart of Mandawa. The embellished facade of the haveli having paintings of camels and horses is the major attraction of the mansion. Its two gigantic entrances are epitomes of Rajput architectural skills. A flawless display of Rajasthani art in every hook and nook of the haveli soothes the eyes of visitors who travel from distant lands to catch a glimpse of Rajasthani art and architecture.
Certain interesting facts about Goenka Double Haveli are:
· It was founded way back in the 18th century by Rajput merchants. It is therefore considered as a living example of royal Rajasthan,
· the Haveli is an ideal mesh of Indian and European style décor and
· Luxury rooms inside the mansion are depictions of royalty that embraced the Rajput clans since generations.
Perfectly embedded frescoes, motifs, paintings and other designs of Goenka Double Haveli not only narrate the grandeur of Rajasthan, but also display the artistic skills which are truly typical to the state and cannot be experienced anywhere else.
Castle Mandawa: Mandawa was a business outpost for trading in Shekhawati area ruled by Thakur Nawal Singh. The Rajput ruler, in 1755 made a fort in order to safeguard this outpost.
Bagar: A beautiful town in the Shekhawati region, Bagar is extensively known for its painted havelis. The other prominent tourist attractions of Bagar include Durgah of Miya Saheb, Fatehsagar Water Tank and White Gate. The Havelis of Piramal Makharia and Rungtas are other renowned attractions of the town.
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