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 Mandawa (Rajasthan)

Introduction: In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis.

History: The compact and busy little market town of Mandawa was settled and fortified in 18th century by the dominant merchant families of the region. The wealthy businessmen of the village constructed many havelis and baolis with colored painting adorning their walls. Later on, with the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Despite the time lapse and ignorance about these visual and architectural extravaganzas, their attraction did not fade and today they are some of the major attractions for the tourists visiting Rajasthan.

Description: Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era.

Mandawa Quick facts

  • Mandawa Geography and Climate

    Geography: Mandawa is located at 280.5 N 75.150E. It has an average elevation of 316 meters (1036 feet). in the north side it has four village named bazisar kamalsar kuharu and godu ka bas and east side three village named tetara(chandrpura), syopura and hanumanpura (dular ka bas), south sides village name are mithwas, dinwa ladhkhani and west side are sadinsar, tihawali and dabari.

    Climate: Like most of the other places in north India, Mandawa too has an extreme climate. The summers can be very hot with the mercury touching 40.5°C, whereas winters can be chilly and the temperature can fall below 10°C.

  • Best time to visit Mandawa

    The summers can be very hot with the mercury touching 40.5°C, whereas winters can be chilly and the temperature can fall below 10°C. The best season to visit this place is winter i.e. October to March. The annual rainfall is between 45 to 60 cm. Recommended clothing is light tropical for summer and light woolen for winter.

  • Mandawa Distance(s)

    Distances from Mandawa

    Bikaner       190 Km

    Delhi       250 Km

    Fatehpur   20 Km

    Jaipur    168 Km

    Jhunjhunu   25 Km

    Mukundgarh   14 Km

    Mehansar      25 Km

    Nawalgarh    25 Km

    Pachar        190 Km

    Samode     160 Km

    Sikar             74 Km

    Salasar     119 Km   

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  • How to reach Mandawa by Road

     Road networks crisscross the entire region of Shekhawati, and Mandawa is well connected with other places in the region by private as well as government buses. It is a good idea for groups of four or five persons to hire taxis to move around the place.

  • How to reach Mandawa by Rail

    Jhunjhunu is the nearest convenient railhead and one can take trains for Sikar, Jaipur, and Delhi from Jhunjhunu.

  • How to reach Mandawa by Air

    The nearest charter airport is Jhunjhunu, the largest city in the region and the district headquarters. Jaipur is the nearest airport for regular flights. Many domestic airlines operate out of Jaipur and connect it with other cities in the country.

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    Mandawa Festivals and culture

  • Mandawa Festivals

    Camel Festival: The festival starts off with a parade of beautifully decorated camels from the Junagarh Fort. The camel owners make sure that their camels do not look lesser than the other camels. They decorate the camels with colourful bridles and saddles and tie anklets around the feet. The processions comes out in the open where the festivity takes another step forward.

  • Mandawa Culture

    The best way to experience the culture and heritage of this region is by going on safaris by camel, horse, or Jeep. Hotels can arrange these safaris on request but prior notice is essential.

  • Mandawa Religious Places

    Harsh Nath Temple: An acient 10th century temple situated on the Harsh nath hills.

    Jeena Mata Temple: Believed to have been built a thousand years ago, the temple is the venue of colourful fair held twice in a year during Navaratras.

    Salasar Balaji: A famous temple dedicated to Monkey god Lord Hanuman Ji.

  • Mandawa Monuments

    Nawalgarh: It is situated around 37 km south of Mandawa and is famous for its fort, built in 1737. Other attractions here include havelis of Anandi Lal Poddar, Aath Haveli, Hem Raj Kulwal Haveli, Bhagton Ki Haveli, and Khedwal Bhavan.

    Mukundgarh: This is around 25 km southeast of Mandawa and is a tiny village famous for its fort and havelis.

    It 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.

    Castle Mandawa:
    The major attraction of the Mandawa town is the magnificent fort Castle Mandawa, which has now been converted into a luxury hotel. Castle Mandawa is ideally located in the heart of the Shekhawati region,which today comprises of two administrative districts in the state of Rajasthan: Jhunjhunu and Sikar.

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    Mandawa Entertainment and Night Life

  • Kidding around Mandawa

    Tal Chhapar: Home to the endangered species of black buck and some migratory birds.

  • Mandawa Shopping

    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.

  • Mandawa Museum and Hill Stations

    Parsurampura: It 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.

    Fatehpur: This  was established in 1451 as a capital for Muslim nawabs but was taken by the Shekhawat Rajputs in the 18th century. Some of the attractions include the Mahavir Prasad Goenka Haveli, Gauri Shankar Haveli, Nand Lal Devra Haveli, and Harikrishnan Das Sarogi Haveli apart from a 17th century baoli.

    Jhunjhunu: This 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.

    Alsisar and Malsisar: Founded in the late and mid 18 th centuries respectively, these towns lie at northern edge of Shkehawati. The angular style of frescoes in various colours make the trip to these towns a memorable. Besides the fort in Alsisar, the jhunjunuwala havelis and well complex are other interesting structures. The fort, temples and havelis are worth visit.

  • Lake at Mandawa

    In Hindu mythology, Pushkar is a holy location: it is the spot where the lotus dropped by Lord Brahma (the Creator God) fell to the earth. A beautiful little lake is said to have sprang out of the Thar desert when this happened: this is Pushkar Holy Lake, regarded by Hindus as one of the most sacred sites in India.
    Pushkar is also reputed for its Camel Fair (during the full-moon late-October, beginning- November each year). 200 000 villagers from the desert region make the trip in their finest traditional dress and some 50 000 camels change owners during Pushkar Camel Fair!

  • Mandawa Seasonals

    The climate of Mandawa, like most other Rajasthan cities, is of an extreme type. The summer season is very hot, with the maximum temperature reaching up to 40.5° C. Mandawa weather experiences cold and chilly winters. The average temperature in winter season may be as low as 10° C. The monsoon season sees average annual rainfall in the range of 45 to 60 cm. As per the climatic conditions of Mandawa, Rajasthan, the best time to visit the place is during the months of October to March.

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    Mandawa Tips

  • Mandawa Travel Tips

    • Acquirement of a Currency Declaration Form and filling up of the Disembarkation Card on your arrival in India. You also require making a verbal declaration of luggage you are traveling with
    • Tourists with a visa permit for over 180 days have to obtain a Registration certificate and a Residential Permit. Submission of four recent passport size photographs is compulsory for registration
    • Submit the Certificate of registration while leaving the country
    • While embarking on an India tour, obtain a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Also consult your doctor before visiting this country.
    • Carry attested copies of your visa, passport, and other important travel documents.Avoid purchasing any travel ticket from strangers. Go for travel agents for arrangement for transport tickets
    • Credit cards, foreign currency or traveler’s cheques are accepted from foreign nationals although Indian currency is needed to give proof of having legal foreign exchange
    • Accommodate at any of the several top hotel groups operated chain hotels in various cities of the country. You can also go for budget hotels or guesthouses
    • Foreign nationals are allowed to ask for the arrangement of language interpreters
    • Carry packaged mineral water on your tour to India.First time visitors should avoid spicy food
    • Traveling to regions like Sikkim and Nagaland will require special tour permits from authorized tourist offices.

  • Must do at Mandawa

    Don't miss the famous Marwari industrial houses of the Aggarwal, Bagari, Bajaj, Banthia, Bharatia, Bhuwalka, Birla, Chamaria, Daga, Dalamia, Dhanuka, Dudavewala, Ganeriwal, Garodia, Goyanaka, Jaipuria, Jaju, Jalan, Jhanwar, Jhujhunuwala, Kankaria, Kanodia, Kejariwal, Khetan, Kothari, Lohia, Malpani, Modi, Mohata, Muraraka, Nevatia, Parasrampuria, Patodia, Poddar, Ruia, Rungata, Sabu, Saravagi, Seksaria, Singhania, Singhi, Somani, Surana, Taparia.

    The best way to experience the culture and heritage of this region is by going on safaris by camel, horse, or Jeep. Hotels can arrange these safaris on request but prior notice is essential.

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