Mandawa is one of the important town and a tourist center in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The tour to Mandawa is very interesting as you will come across many colorful havelis with certain unique features, which makes each haveli stand out from each other.
Founded in the 18th century, Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Mandawa was an attraction for the wealthy merchants, who then constructed many Hawelis here.
The Mandawa Fort is among the most frequented tourist spots in the region and well known for its splendid architecture and great collection of paintings that depict Lord Krishna in days of his early childhood and youth. The walls of the palace are adorned with intricate carvings, paintings and elaborate mirror work.
There are also numerous havelis all across Mandawa that make for a great watch. These include Bhagchandika Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Chowkhani Double Haveli.
Parsurampura is located some 43 km south east of Mandawa and has the distinction of having the best-preserved and oldest paintings in the Shekhawati region.
Dundlod is situated around 30 southeast of Mandawa and is famous for its fort and havelis. The attractions in this place include the Jagathia Haveli, Satyanarayan Temple, and Tuganram Goenka Haveli apart from the Dundlod fort and palace.
Jhunjhunu is the district headquarters and the largest town in the Shekhawati region. The town was founded by the Kaimkhani nawabs in the mid-15th century, and stayed under their control until it was taken by the Rajput ruler Sardul Singh in 1730. The major attractions in the city include the Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple, Modi Haveli, and Kaniram Narsinghdas Tiberwala Haveli.
Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli
Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli is one of the most picturesque havelis in this fairytale town of Mandawa. Nestled amidst the Aravallis, this stupendous architectural marvel reflects the glory of the majestic Rajput era.
The busy little market of Mandawa has many antique shops that sell local handicrafts and antiques. Before purchasing anything from these shops, it is better to confirm that it has not been taken out from the havelis of the region. Export of antiques older than 100 years is illegal and should not be done, for the sake of saving the heritage of this region.
Note: Articles in this series will cover all the places covered by Indian Rides team with groups from all around the globe on a Motorbike, 4×4 and other adventure tours operated under North India adventure itinerary.