Your Guide To Mandawa, Rajasthan's 'Open Art Gallery'

Mandawa is a captivating town known for its exquisite frescoes and ornate havelis. Steeped in history and culture, it offers visitors a unique glimpse into the artistic heritage of the region
A Haveli in Mandawa
A Haveli in Mandawa

Nestled in the heart of Rajasthan, the town of Mandawa is a hidden gem that holds a unique distinction among the state's myriad attractions. Often referred to as Rajasthan's "Open Art Gallery," Mandawa boasts a captivating blend of history, culture, and art that is sure to leave any traveller awe-inspired. This small town, located in the Shekhawati region, has earned its reputation as a living museum of exquisite frescoes and beautifully adorned havelis (traditional mansions).

Located in the Shekhawati region, has earned its reputation as a living museum of exquisite frescoes and beautifully adorned havelis
Located in the Shekhawati region, has earned its reputation as a living museum of exquisite frescoes and beautifully adorned havelis

What To Do

Mandawa Fort 

Built by Thakur Nawal Singh Bahadur, Mandawa Fort is a popular tourist attraction. Its variety of portraits, paintings and medieval architecture adds to its charm. Due to the extensive use of mirror work on the walls and ceiling, the Sheesh Mahal of Amber Fort served as an inspiration for the interior design of Mandawa Fort. One of the fort's grander areas is the Durbar Hall. The affluent Marwari community of merchants constructed the town's other structures.

Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli

One of the most stately mansions in Rajasthan, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, is known for its vintage charm and ambience of the Rajputana times. Do not miss adoring its beautifully carved wooden doors and latticed windows.  

Goenka Chattri

Dating back to the 18th century, the Goenka Chattri stands as an outdoor art gallery, paying homage to the esteemed Goenka family, who once called this mansion their home. Adorning the walls are exquisite paintings and frescoes, proudly reflecting the heritage of Rajasthan. The opulence of the bygone era remains remarkably well-preserved, with large arched entrances serving as majestic symbols of grandeur, showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of artisans. Notably, the haveli houses numerous depictions of Lord Krishna, a testament to the unwavering faith the people of that time held in him. As you step into this remarkable edifice, you are transported to a world where history, art, and devotion intertwine harmoniously.

Where To Stay

While choosing places to stay, consider Castle Mandawa, the heritage resort part of the glorious Mandawa Fort. After all, no experience can match the charm of living in the opulent fort. Another haveli that will succeed at giving you the authentic Rajasthani experience would be the Vivaana culture resort. Vivaana is a preserved Shekhawati Haveli from the 19th century with luxuriously furnished rooms and suites. Also check out Vedaaranya Haveli, located In the historic town of Ramgarh Shekhawati, and home to the only Veda temple in the world.

Where To Shop

The shopper in you should not stop till you visit the exciting Main Bazaar of Mandawa. Filled with arts, crafts and souvenirs, this market is the perfect place for tourists to experience the culture and art of Rajasthan. The market has shops selling paintings done on paper and cloths, decorated chests, cradles, utensils, small furniture, bangles and tye and dye items. 

The local crafts of Mandawa
The local crafts of Mandawa

How To Reach

By Air: In Mandawa, there is no flight service. Jaipur International Airport, located about 182 km away, is the closest airport. Any major city or town in India has direct flights to Jaipur. You can arrange an airport taxi and a road trip to Mandawa from there.

By Train: About 17 km distant, Dundlodh Mukundgarh is the closest railway station. You may get to Dundlodh from any other town or city in Rajasthan and then take a local bus or arrange a taxi to get to the village.

By Road: The state routes NH 48, NH 11, NH 53, and state highways connect Mandawa to the rest of the region well. Some public and private bus services travel to Mandawa from places like Jaipur, Bikaner, Agra, Alwar, Delhi, and Ajmer. Booking an out-of-town cab or renting a car and making a road journey from any place in Rajasthan or surrounding states to Mandawa is the best option.

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