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Mandawa Tourism

Known for its very popular Mandawa Fort, Mandawa is a quaint little town in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Popularly known as the Open Art Gallery, the town is replete with paved archways and magnificent havelis and fortresses. It is located in the heart of the Shekhawati region and is dotted with palaces and splendid mansions (havelis). The aura and vibe of the place reflect the social and cultural environment of the place in the bygone era. Owing to its royal rendition, it is also a hot spot for movie shoots and is filled in by media on and off the year.
An easy road trip from Delhi, a beautiful city suitably located in the heart of Shekhawati region, often called as an open art gallery, Mandawa is a good getaway for people fond of art and culture.

Just as the whole of Shekhawati region is worth visiting, Mandawa is another ancient and one of the oldest most cities in the region, definitely worth a holiday. An important stoppage for traders and merchants who exchanged good via the silk route back in those days, this city has a number of palaces and havelis and forts. Having grown in a culturally rich atmosphere, the locals have the sense of appreciating art and are involved in art work like painting, craft handicraft etc. Mandawa can be easily reached by road and is a good option to sit back and relax while the eyes see and the brains appreciate art.

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The Charm of Shekhawati

Named so for its beautiful heritage and significant history, Mandawa is an important historical town in the Shekhawati province of the state of Rajasthan. Well accessible by road, this town seems to be tailor made by nature for those, who have a penchant for heritage and history. None shall be disappointed once they visit this site. Having grown in such a culturally rich town, the locals of this town have an innate sense of awesome art and craft, which can be aptly seen in local handicrafts.


The history states that it was Mandu Jat who originally founded the Mandawa village. He established a hamlet and dug a well, which was completed in 1797. It was previously called ‘Mandu ki dhani’ meaning Mandu’s village, and ‘Mandu-wa’ before it finally came to be known as Mandawa. In the mid 18th century, Bhojraj ji Kasubsub clan of the Shekhawat group made it a thikana meaning a Thakur’s estate. Later Mandawa became a trading outpost from ancient caravan routes from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, then, built a fort to protect this boundary in 1755. Gradually, the township grew around the fort and was inhabited by wealthy merchants. These merchants constructed the massive, spectacular havelis and baolis (wells) but later migrated to developed lands leaving the property behind. The charm and magnificence of the establishments did not diminish till date, and hence it came to be one of the most visited tourist spots in India.

Restaurants and Local Food in Mandawa

Because of mostly foreign tourists visiting Mandawa, the restaurants cater to continental flavors and taste. It is difficult to find proper North Indian food in restaurants.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Mandawa preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll on the city side, and do some shopping.
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the Mandawa castle. Thereon, you can proceed to the grand Havelis of Mandawa, or if you prefer, go for the Open Air Gallery, that comprises almost the whole city.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A heritage hotspot in arid Rajasthan. A perfect weekend getaway for people living in Delhi.

What's Not So Great?

Not ideal for a long trip. Not much to explore apart from the Havelis.

For Whom?

Ideal for tourists of every kind. Especially suitable for people from places like Jaipur, Jodhpur, New Delhi and other cities in the region.

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How To Reach Mandawa

Mandawa is well connected to the rest of India by road. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Mandawa; buses being operated both by private and government owners, such as the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, however, to Mandawa. Approximately 180 km away is the Jaipur International airport, which is the nearest airport that connects Mandawa to the rest of India. The nearest railway station to Mandawa is in Dundlodh Mukundgarh, which is 17 km away from Mandawa.

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Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- Start early on in the day, not that there are many places to cover but you will only be able to enjoy and appreciate a place, its beauty and essence if you spend ample time in knowing about it and observing it. Hire a guide, always helps.
Arun dular 1 year ago
Very nice place and beautiful have lies pantings
Arun dular 1 year ago
Mandawa heritage city in shekhawati reason.
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