Tiny alleyways, breathtaking havelis and a typical Rajasthani feel best describe Mandawa. Located in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, the city makes a great weekend getaway from Delhi-NCR as well as cities like Jaipur, especially for those who enjoy learning about history and culture. Here’s your guide to exploring the beautiful city. By Anushka Goel
If you love road trips that take you to regions of India rich in history and culture, Mandawa is a place that should be on your must-visit list. While you may or may not know the city by name, you certainly haven’t seen it. Mandawa has been featured in films such as PC, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Paheli, Yes, we met, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and many more that provide a rustic, traditional Rajasthani setting for these films.
The city is also known as the open-air gallery due to the rich history and architecture it houses. The site has several stunning havelis, some of which have been restored while many remain untouched and exude an old-world charm. Boasting paintings, murals, jharokhas and traditional artifacts, these havelis are magnificent Place to visit near Delhisure to delight the history buff in you!
Everything you need to know about Mandawa
The small town in Rajasthan is located in the Shekhawati region, in the Jhunjhunu district. It was essentially occupied by traders in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and is now a local tourist spot. Mostly accessible via well-maintained roads, the destination is a stunning spring, fall and winter destination. It also boasts a rich history and culture and is a must-see for those who love learning about art, architecture and the arts.
What to see in Mandawa
The city is home to several havelis – some restored and others in ruins – making it a great place to explore. Visit Mandawa Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, and Chokhani Double Haveli, among others. Each of these locations offers a unique experience and features different architecture, decorations and more. Be sure to visit them too Mandawa Fortresswhich was built by Thakur Nawal Singh Bahadur and now serves as a hotel (Castle Mandawa Hotel).
When you’re done, explore the small alleyways and try to identify spots you’ve seen in various movies over the years. You can also try making a wish at the Harlalka Fountain, where locals believe all wishes come true!
Best time to visit
The city experiences a hot and dry climate due to its location in Rajasthan and lack of sufficient water resources. So the best times to visit are the monsoons and winter and spring. Plan to travel between September and mid-March before the weather gets too hot.
How to reach
The best way to reach Mandawa is by road. However, there are trains to the nearby town of Churu, from where you can catch a bus or taxi to take you to this picturesque town.
Distance from Delhi: 255 kilometers
Distance from Jaipur: 168 kilometers
Accommodation: Hotels in Mandawa
Radhika Haveli Hotel
Hotel Mandawa Haveli
Vivaana Culture Haveli
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