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Places to Visit in Mandawa

The biggest tourist attractions in Mandawa are the old havelis. Mandawa belongs to the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Historically speaking it was once an important halt on the fabled Silk Route to China. Trading was an important activity along this route. The rich merchants constructed their lavish havelis here and embellished them with beautiful paintings on religious, historical, folk and social theme.

Places to See in Mandawa

Open Air Art Gallery

Later when the British came European influence blended perfectly with their traditional style of painting giving rise to a unique synthesis. This actually led to the famous eulogy of "Open Air Art Gallery".

Castle Mandawa

Castle Mandawa is one of the most important tourist attractions in Mandawa. The palace has now been converted to a hotel. The sprawling architecture houses a different theme in different wings. The painted archway is painted with interesting forms of paintings of Lord Krishna and his cowherds.

The spacious rooms are adorned by intricate interior wall paintings and mirror work with open terrace that offers a panoramic view of the whole town. The women folks of the Mandawa family who lived in a royal style once used this floor. The ambiences of those years still linger around the rooms. From its ramparts, you would get a panoramic view of the area.

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli and Jhunjhunwala Haveli feature among notable tourist attractions in Mandawa. The frescos range from the depiction of the God Indra on an elephant and Lord Shiva on His pet bull Nandi to a train with a crowded level crossing. The beauty of the paintings is hard to believe unless you see them.

Last Updated on : September 19, 2013