The small little beautiful town of Mandawa is in the heart of the Shekhavati region. Known throughout for its wonderful castle and magnificent Havelis, Mandawa gives the impression of living in the bygone era. Situated at a distance of about 190 km from Jaipur, the place experiences extreme climatic conditions.
Mandawa in Rajasthancan be transcribed as surprise at every turn. No single room either, in the Havelis, is similar to that f the other.
The Shekhavati region is famous for the merchants and their products, which they traded. It was in the 18th century that they decided to settle here thus building beautiful Havelis and constructing buildings as their dwelling places. Later the place was deserted and went into obscurity after the merchants and the wealthy people shifted from this place. But the buildings they built remained the same and today have become the objects of tourist interest.
The beautiful arches and the intricate craftsmanship are rarely found anywhere else in the state of Rajasthan. Decorated with wonderful paintings and great antique murals, the designs were once ornate with precious gems as well. The medieval Fort of Mandawa is the center of the activity of Mandawa. Founded in the 18th century, the Fort dominates the skyline of Mandawa with beautifully painted arched gateways and some splendid intricate carvings.
Some of the famous Havelis of Mandawa are the Saraf haveli, and Chokhani and Ladia Havelis. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli has some curious paintings on its outer eastern wall-a boy using a telephone, and a European woman in a car driven by a chauffeur. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli has some defaced images.
Mandawa has many places around for touring and excursion like the Nawalgarh fort, the Mukundgarh fort and the Dundlod.