Want to get a taste of new place, different culture and meet beautiful people but you don’t want to travel a long distance for this? Well Jaipur Beat have solved this problem with this bit of work, where you can just pick up your camera and get set go to explore one incredibly and impressive destination situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north; take a tour to admire the beautiful murals in the magnificent havelis (large stately homes) lining the streets of this town- Mandawa
The drive through dusty streets and painted house walls leads to this splendid semi arid desert town of Mandawa, in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, which is the gateway to the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Once a trading outpost for ancient caravan routes in Shekhawati , the township of Mandawa, over the time has grown into an ‘Open Art Gallery’ for art lovers. The mesmerising frescoes, exquisite carvings and mirror work add to its beauty. Today, the world comes to this storybook town to see its colourful frescoes on every subject under the sun that is, ranging from the religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire, rendered in the inimitable style of the local artist.
And perhaps the best place to discover the legacy of Shekhawati is from the comfort of Castle Mandawa, a fortress, built in 1755 AD now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel known for its architectural brilliance and famous for its royal hospitality. Like many historic homes, Castle Mandawa is a curious mixture of the old and the new. Medieval turreted towers, palanquin-roofed balconies, blend with modern comforts in old-world rooms. Family portraits, antique cannons and arms add to the charm of this family-run resort where tradition still runs strong.The walls of suites and rooms in the Castle are adorned with mesmerizing frescoes and paintings. The carvings and mirror work deserve special mention. One of the rooms named Durbar Hall is the most fascinating with its wonderful paintings, carvings and antiques. The Castle Mandawa offers breathtaking views of the town. Here one also gets a chance to see the royal costumes of the kings and their war weapons.Mandawa Sight Seeing-
Mandawa Town is also famous for its fresco trails and painted havelis. From royal architecture to lavishly painted suites, beautiful paintings touching various themes and exquisite carvings, all can be seen in these havelis. Some of the must visit havelis are jhunjhunwala Haveli, Bhagchandika Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Lakshmi Narayan Ladia Haveli and the Newtia Haveli. The other major tourist places are Harlalka Well, Thakurji Temple, Raj Well, Tanu Manu Saraf Haveli, Harlalka Chattri, Murmuria Haveli, Chowkhani Double Haveli, Akhramka Haveli, Sonthalia Gate, Goenka Double Haveli, Goenka Chattri and the Saraf Haveli.
Apart from Havelis, the desert town of Mandawa caught our attention for many wonderful reasons like one can enjoy Camel ride, Horse ride and ATV ride upto the sand dunes as there’s no better way to explore the rugged terrain other than this.
Mandawa has preserved its Rajasthani charm and grandeur and is the ideal destination to visit on a one day trip from Jaipur.
One must visit this place at least once and come back completely mesmerized by its architectural beauty and pleasant aura.Come; share a glimpse of the past with your feet firmly in the present.