Top 5 Places to Visit in Mandawa

Mandawa is a small town in northern Rajasthan. It is in the Shekhawati Region and is a fort town. Established during the 17th and 18th century, this town is a very popular place to shoot movies so don’t be surprised to see some famous actors and actresses during your visit to this beautiful town. The town is dotted with numerous havelis and is said to be an open art gallery due to the number of beautifully decorated havelis. Mandawa is a popular spot for tourists, but you are still sure to be able to visit the towns attraction in peace. Here are a five of the many amazing places you should visit during your trip.

1. Murmuria Haveli

Murmuria Haveli
Photo by Dhirad, CC BY-SA 2.5

Murmuria Haveli is famous for its famous paintings of various leaders of the ancient era. You can witness a painting of Nehru on a horse carrying the tricolour. Murmuria Haveli is designed in the traditional Rajasthani way and is a breath-taking building due to the architecture. It was built during the 1930s and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mandawa. The artwork is exceptional and you are sure to enjoy the many paintings. As it is a popular tourist destination so be ready for a crowd.

2. Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
Haveli Décor – Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, CC BY 2.0

The Goenka family owns many Havelis in and near Mandawa. The Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli is a famous destination for tourists due to the number of artworks and the beautiful carvings. The intricate architecture is sure to visually please you. The most famous painting in the Haveli is sure to be of Lord Indra, the king of gods, riding his elephant. The painting of Shiva on Nandi is another favourite of visitors to the beautiful haveli. For a true taste of Rajput lifestyle, the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli is the perfect place for you to visit.

3. Harlalka Well

Harlalka Well
Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, CC BY 2.0

The history of the Harlalka Well is not well known. Just a few steps away from the beautiful Murmuria Haveli you will find this beautiful and rustic place. With its beautiful minarets and a very old and forgotten appeal you are sure to find this place enchanting. Go up the camel ramp towards the well, but be very careful as there are no guard railings to save you from falling in. The well is very deep and is still filled with water. This is a great place to come and relax.

4. Binsidhar Newatia Haveli

Binsidhar Newatia Haveli
Wall Paintings – Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, CC BY 2.0

This haveli, built during the 1920s, is currently house a branch of the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur. Even though it is a bank now, you can visit Binsidhar Newatia haveli and take in the amazing sites. The beautifully designed building is truly a sight to behold while the paintings on display in the building are unique and funny. You can witness the Wright brothers flying their plane while women in saris look on. You can truly see how the royal people of Rajasthan used to live once you visit this beautiful haveli.

5. Chokhani Double Haveli

Built during the 1910s, Chokhani Double Haveli was built in two wings for two brothers. The beautiful archways are something to behold and just like the numerous other havelis in this beautiful town, is filled with amazing and unique paintings of various events and leaders doing things they might not have during their lives. The whole building is designed in the traditional Rajput way and will surely teleport you back in time with its designs.

Mandawa is a beautiful town and is sure to help you see how lavishly the royals and the rich lived in Rajasthan before modernisation. The town is also said to be an open art gallery and every step you take and corner you turn you are sure to run into beautiful pieces of art that are unique and funny. With a haveli everywhere you go, you are sure to love small and beautiful Mandawa.

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About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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