If you wish to experience the rich architectural heritage of Rajasthan, visit Mandaw. It is one of the most culturally rich destinations of the state offering amazing attractions. It is a historic town located in the Shekhawati region which is famed for its intricately carved havelis. Lavishly painted and beautifully carved havelis of Mandawa will surely leave you enchanted.
Mandawa is the perfect place to see the richness of Rajasthan in terms of architecture. This destination is aptly called 'an open art gallery' as it boasts of wondrous architectural structures. This town was established in the year 1755 by the Shekhawats and it also served as a caravan route to China and Middle East. This destination is easily accessible from all the other destinations of Rajasthan. The best time to visit the town of Mandawa is from September to March.
The ancient havelis, fort and bustling bazaars with wonderful handicrafts are the major attractions of Mandaw.
It is a must-see attraction of the town. It was built in the 18th century by Thakur Nawal Singh. As you approach the fort you will be amazed to see the gateway of this magnificent structure which is lavishly painted with the pictures of Lord Krishna and his cows. The interiors of the fort are decorated with beautiful frescoes which reflects the medieval theme. As you explore the stunning apartments of the fort you will find amazing attractions like mesmerizing paintings of Lord Krishna, exquisite carvings and fabulous mirror work. Once the royal abode of the monarchs, now the fort has been converted into a heritage hotel where tourists can live large like the erstwhile kings.
Definitely the trip to Mandawa is incomplete without visiting its stunning havelis. Their artistic architecture, flawless craftsmanship and amazing interior decoration leave the onlookers completely enchanted. Each haveli has its own history and charm.
Some of the must-see havelis of Mandawa are:
Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
It is a beautiful haveli adorned with arresting paintings. Among all the paintings, the painting of Indra Dev riding an elephant and Lord Shiva on Nandi bull deserve special mention.
Goenka Double Haveli
The facade of horses and elephants at the entrance of this haveli make it very attractive. Both the exterior and interior of this majestic structure are decorated with beautiful paintings.
It is a fine example of the perfect combination of the East and West. You can treat your eyes with several paintings here.
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