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Mandawa :: City Information

Mandawa - weather

Best Travel Duration


October to March

History of Mandawa

Located in the semidesert region lies in the triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. Famous for its painted havelis (mansions) is also called as “Open-Air Gallery of Rajasthan".

'Shekhawati ', meaning "the land of Shekha 's dan " derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433 AD-1488 AD) a scion of the Kachhwah family of Jaipur. Earlier a part of the former Jaipur state, it now comprises of the districts of Jhunjhunu and Sikar.

Founded in the mid-18th Century, Mandawa’s skyline today is dominated by an imposing mirage like fort now turned into a hotel. A painted archway decorated with Lord Krishna and his cowherds leads to the bazaar. The terrace of castle Mandawa offers a panoramic view of the town. The Mandawa family’s collection includes ceremonial costumes and precious arms with handles of jade.

Places to Visit at Mandawa

Binsidhar Nawetia Haveli


The interior paintings have been white washed, but there are still some interesting paintings on the external walls. The painting dates from the 1920.

Murmuria Haveli


From the sandy courtyard in front of this haveli, you can get a good view of the southern external wall of the adjacent double haveli.

Mahan Lal Saraf Haveli


On the south wall a Maharaja is depicted grooming his bushy moustache. There is fine mirror-and-mosaics work around the door to the inner courtyard.

Goenka Double Haveli


The outer walls, jutting balconies, alcoves and overhanging upper story of the Goenka Double Haveli are replete with patterns and paintings, ranging from traditional Rajasthani women and religious motifs to Europeans in stylish hats and Victorian finery.

How To Get To Mandawa

By Air:

Nearest Airport Jaipur.

By Rail:

Available from Jaipur.

By Road:

Busses available from Jaipur.