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A Heritage Tour of Mandawa in Rajasthan

What is Mandawa? Town of Fresco havelis? Or the cultural treasure trove of India? Well, it is all of this and much more.

It is one destination that has survived the ravages of time doing what it does best, alluring travelers with its riches. Be it cultural or architectural. And, that is why in ancient times it turned out as the most popular pit stop for merchants. The craze of it was such that few of the merchants actually settled down in this region. And, they were the ones who constructed these beautiful Haveli for themselves.

Mandawa is an open art gallery where you can spend hours gazing at the artwork. Its heritage is so unique yet so plush that all you can do is bask in its glory. And, the best way to do it is to take a heritage tour of this place. If you are in, then, here is the information you need.

Highlights Of The Heritage Tour In Mandawa Travel

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1. Turn Back Time At The Lofty Forts Of Mandawa Rajasthan

No destination in Rajasthan can be well described without the mention of its forts. That’s because they are the living paragon of the valiant warriors of Rajputana.

Travel in Mandawa gives you the chance to experience the royal, spiritual, and lavish history of the region. So, brace yourself for an experience of a lifetime.

2. Rejoice In The Regal Lifestyle Of The Locals From High And Huge Havelis

Living like royalty is everyone’s dream and the Havelis of Mandawa acknowledge this privilege. Travel amid huge homely structures in famous Havelis just to dig more into the region’s history. Decked up in flowery motifs and paintings, each wall of these mammoth structures speaks a thousand stories. The only question is, “Are you ready to hear what it says”?

3. Paying Homage To The Abode Of The Highest Powers

Just like every other thing in Mandawa, temples too are an extravagant affair here. Moreover, the town has a fair share of these temples on its premises.

Besides art bejeweling the endless shades of spirituality, temples here too narrate stories from the past. So, make sure you lend an ear and keep your eyes open.

4. Enjoying This Shopper’s Paradise

Apart from forts and palaces of Rajasthan, it’s shopping that connects anyone to the roots of this state. And, if it is a shopping experience in Mandawa then you’ve hit the jackpot.

The vibrant Bazaars here can make anyone happy as a clam. Every memory you weave in Mandawa can be epitomized as handicrafts. So, it’s better to have some budget for taking back home the memories of your amazing time here.

5. A Place Brimming With Experiences

If you are a patron of ‘experience traveling’, then Mandawa will never disappoint you.

There are many outdoor activities that you can take part in. Out of them, it is the camel rides near Saraf Haveli and Bansidhar Newatia Haveli that are the most popular.

You can also grab the opportunity to visit beautiful nearby locations. And, once you are done with all this, indulging in local festivals can be the best way to enjoy your heritage trip to Mandawa.

6. A Rural Experience Like None Other

Unlike the rural paradise Rusirani in Rajasthan, Mandawa accords a rural experience draped with regalness. It is one such experience that won’t knock your doors very often.


Castle Mandawa
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The pride of Mandawa and the epicenter of tourist attraction is none other than the lofty Castle Mandawa Bedizened with wall paintings that are artistic wonders, Castle Mandawa is a 17th-century structure that has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

This destination is the apple of every eye as it has been featured in many Bollywood movies. There are frescos of Lord Krishna intricately painted on arched gateways here. Moreover, the rooms in the palace too are decked up in paintings of Lord Krishna.

However, it is the Durbar hall that catches all eyes for housing a number of antiques and paintings.

Believe us; the castle has the magnificence of its own that you can witness the moment you enter from its rustic gates. So, if you’ve not yet added Castle Mandawa to your bucket list, then, now is the time to do that.

Mandawa Haveli
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Mandawa Haveli is one of the eye candies you should definitely look out for on your tour. It is a 200-year property standing sturdy in the tinsel Bollywood town of Mandawa Rajasthan. Although, half of its part has been converted into a hotel, what is still left is no less than a spectacle.

This Haveli is popular among folks for its mirror works and it is one of the most well maintained Haveli of the town. The frescos on this Haveli showcase the daily lives in the yesteryears along with tokens from Indian mythology.

Thakurji Temple
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Temples in India are usually magnetic but when they are adorned with art, the magic they create goes beyond imagination. Thakurji Temple accords one such experience. Painted in the colours of the rainbow, Thakurji Temple isn’t just a place of worship. It is also a landmark that shows the horrors of Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.

Fighting against all the odds and time, the temple still stands proudly flaunting the undying faith and love towards God Krishna. So, how about adding it to your must-visit list?

Bansidhar Newatia Haveli
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Bansidhar Newatia Haveli is a charmer among all the other Havelis of Mandawa. However, what sets it apart from the others are its illustrations of the advancement of technology.

The colorful tapestry here is very enticing and marks the old-world charm.

However, Haveli is best known for its attractive and colorful paintings. The highlights of which are the Wright brothers’ maiden flight and a European boy making a phone call. Other than that, you can spot a European woman in a car, a man on a bicycle, and a bird man flying here.

Found that intriguing? Well, we told you so!

Goenka Chattri
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History can be boring but not when you learn it via age-old illustrations. Come to Goenka Chattri and share beautiful fragments of history with the locals of Mandawa. Travel with the stories of the past and exuberate in the vibrant color theme here. Believe us; the quintessential paintings of this edifice can mesmerize you in seconds.

Every nook and corner in Goenka Chattri reflects the charms of Rajasthan’s bygone era. Although, all the regions of this town showcase the best of ancient artwork, the pieces on Goenka Chattri just travel one notch up when it comes to representation.

Murmuria Haveli
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Murmuria Haveli is famous for its Italian frescos. And, to be honest it is that place to visit in Mandawa that needs no introduction.

Painted in European style, this beauty from 1930 showcases the blend of the west and the east. It does that by featuring the best of both worlds. Where on the one hand you can spot trains, cars, George V and Venice, on the other, a painting of a young Nehru on a horse holding a flag also exists here.

Furthermore, it also showcases the paintings of other famous leaders of India. Other than that, acts from Ramayana and mentions of Vedas can also be found on these timeless walls.

Goenka Double Haveli
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Tinted in shades of gold, Goenka Double Haveli is one of the palatial mansions of Mandawa. It is the only Haveli in the town with two gates, giving it the name “double” Haveli.

Besides being an abandoned Haveli this edifice flaunts exceptional pieces of art and architecture. With charm and vintage, the Haveli boasts a façade of elephants and horses.

Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli
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Located in the south of the town, Gulab Rai Ladia haveli is one of the finest Haveli of the Shekhawati region. If you are into culture, then you will love every nook and corner of this structure.

The murals in this tourist destination showcase a variety of themes. A woman giving birth, mirror images of two tigers and a bird tending her eggs are a few artistic wonders it presents.

Washed in the hues of blue, the walls here break the stigma around erotica. If you too wish to experience the finesse of royal art and heritage then you definitely need to pay this place a visit.

The Harlalka Well
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Hidden behind the shadows of Havelis, the history of Harlalka Well isn’t known to many.

Just a few steps away from the Murmuria Haveli, this beauty bestows a more rustic outlook to the already amazing ambiance of Mandawa.

The well still works but it is not used anymore. If you want some peace, then you should definitely spend some time there. But hey! Be careful as you go up the camel ramp there are no railings to protect you.

Local Bazaars
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If you’d like to take back a piece of the prowess of Rajasthani craftsmen, landing on the local bazaars of Mandawa is the best thing to do.

The Bazaars aka markets here have numerous art specimens by artisans who have created the wonders of this town.

Furthermore, from the breathtakingly impressive artwork to reliable wooden furniture, finding something that matches your vibe isn’t that difficult here. So, find time from your busy schedule of sightseeing to take back what is quintessential Rajasthani. And, if not for yourself, here you can find amazing gifts for your friends too!


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Approximately 28 Km from Mandawa, Jhunjhunu the largest region of Shekhawati region lodges. It is here that the major attractions made by the ade-old rulers of the region come into perspective.

Khetri Mahal, Bihariji Temple, Modi Haveli, and Kaniram Narsinghdas Tibrewala Haveli, are a few of the amazing places to visit here.

Believe us, if you are on a Rajasthan adventure and if you get a chance to be here, don’t blow it away.

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Jaipur is the pink wonder on the travel map of Rajasthan. It is home to some of the great forts and palaces of Rajasthan. However, what makes it more impressive is its unique culture and traditions.

The Amber Fort is one of the major tourist attractions here. Apart from it, it is the pink labyrinth Hawa Mahal that grabs all eyes. Other noteworthy attractions here are Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace.


Nawalgarh station 29 Km from Mandawa. It is a merchant-dwelled town that’s also popular by the name “the Golden City of Rajasthan”.

The motherland of some great families, the riches of history are in abundance here. Moreover, within its boundaries, there exists a 250-year-old fort as well. It seems like a jackpot for any history buff, don’t you think?

Furthermore, it houses other amazing landmarks too. They include Aath Haveli, Roop Niwas Palace, Khedwal Bhavan, Hem Raj Kulwal Haveli, and Bhakton-ki-Haveli.


43 Km southeast of Mandawa, Parsurampur is the home of the oldest paintings of the Shekhawati region.

Apart from well-preserved ancient paintings, this town is also the home to a monumental dome. Moreover, it also has many ancient and interesting facts that are waiting to be shared. But behind the shadows of highly touristy destinations, the songs of this town remain in the dark.

Apart from this, this place holds great historical importance too. So, come marvel at this wonder which reflects on the rich culture of Rajasthan.

The Perfect Itinerary
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1. Let the chaos of India escort you to the paradox of exotic and grounded history in New Delhi.

2. Go on a regal ride with Jaipur. Find yourself amid clusters of palaces and forts while you sway to the rhythm of traditional folk music.

3. Enjoy the monochrome of nature at Ranthambore. Spot a tiger amid a landscape of India that’s far from ordinary.

4. Star in your own Bollywood movie by visiting the town of fresco Havelis, Mandawa. Find out about the lavish living standards of the ancient people of India.

5. Rejoice in the fairy tale of eternal love at Agra. Breathe in the early capital of the country while gorging on some street delicacies.

A heritage tour to Mandawa Rajasthan is a cultural luxury that only a few get to cherish. Be among those few who enjoy its treasures. So, request a quote now!

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