A must visit place for its royal beauty and amazing craftsmanship offering you an experience to remember for a lifetime.
Mandawa a beautiful town lies in the centre of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, India. Mandawa is known for its havelis and forts.This small town has been established during 17th and 18th century. The reminiscents of this place reminds of the social and cultural life of the past years. The Shekhawati region is known as for its open spaces and havelis co existing in an adorable way, that’s why this region is also known as “Open art gallery”. This town is very famous as a shooting spot, you may see some actor and actresses during your visit to this town. There are a number of havelis and forts that are beautifully decorated, Mandawa fort is among one.
Mandawa fort is the most visited place in this region because of its architecture and paintings of lord Krishna depicting his youthful life incidents. The beautiful cravings and mirror work on walls along with antique paintings are really beautiful.
The famous durbal hall has been converted into an exhibition place for many antique works and paintings. Once the home of King now has been converted into a luxurious hotel. The fort has been divided into many segments based upon different themes. The terraces and balconies offer a beautiful view.
Mandawa fort has a great historical value. This region was established by the rajputs during 18th century. The Rajputs built many structures like forts and havelis during that time. Each and every structure has a historical significance attached to it.
The Mandawa fort was built by Nawal singh, the descendant of Shekhawati rulers. These structures were also responsible for building township around Mandawa area at that time.
By Air, the Jaipur airport is 167 kms away from this fort, although there is also a Jhunjhunu airport but it is only available for charter flights. By train, you can easily reach Mandawa fort as the city has well connected railway system, the Jaipur railway station is the nearest station to this fort. By road, Rajasthan has well connected roads across its cities, you can book a taxi or can travel by bus at affordable prices.
You can hire guides during your tour that can speak your language in a very affordable price at Mandawa. A lot of companies in Rajasthan provide guide services according to your desired budget. If you doesn't want to spend some extra money in hiring a guide, you can find a lot of local people who will voluntarily show you places around.
Summers are not at all appropriate for visiting this place during that time as the temperature is highly extreme and sometime sudden showers can spoil your plans of stepping out. Due to its hot temperature and weather it is suggested that you must visit this palace during the winter season that is in between late october to early march. You can also visit during monsoon season as the weather is pleasant at that time.
Rajasthan, where Mandawa fort is situated experiences hot weather most of the time, so carefully choose the time to visit this fort. You must choose a comfortable and light attire. As this fort has been converted into a luxurious hotel so you can book a room within the premises. It is advised that you must carry the important things such as a map, water bottle and other things whenever you step out of the fort. Also don’t fall into traps of sellers during shopping, try to bargain and you may get a better deal.
There are so many places to explore nearby that it may take more than a month. The most famous nearby places and forts that one must explore while visiting here includes Dundlod fort, which is famous for its Rajputana clan, Mahansar town, a small and beautiful town located nearby to mandawa famous for its cultural insights and traditions. Jhunjhunu , which is also a small town famous for its majestic havelis and frescoes. The other places that one can explore includes laxmangarh fort, Malji ka Kamra, Surana Haveli, Aath Khamb Chatri, Sethani Ka Johara, Ratangarh Fort and many more.
There are so many other things that you can do asides from exploring the nearby places. You can experience the life of rural people and understand their way of life very closely. You can attend various events related to traditional folk dance and singing. The puppet show, know as the kathputli show is very famous in this region. The camel rides and delicious food is also there to blow your mind. You can buy hand crafts, traditional attires and other things at a very affordable price.
There are many things that you can do in mandawa, from experiencing the life of kings and queens to eating delicious food. From camel rides to traditional dance shows, there is so much to explore. So, if you are planning to visit Rajasthan, India , you must add this place to your visiting places list.