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Mandawa: The Open Art Gallery of Rajasthan

Mandawa is one of those choicest of towns in Rajasthan which is deeply associated with the ever glorious history of the regal state of Rajasthan in India. This beautiful town is located barely a few kilometers away from the state capital Jaipur. Considered as one of the sleepy hamlets of Rajasthan, Mandawa is located in the Shekhawati region of the Rajasthan. The region is primarily known for presence of innumerable forts, mansions and havelis which make it a great tourist destination.

Constructed in the year 1797, Mandawa Fort, is one of major Mandawa tourist attractions. This fort was built by Shekhawati ruler, Nawal Singh. The mesmerizing architecture and splendid appeal of the fort sets it apart from others. A visit to the palace will let you witness the beautiful painted murals and paintings of the fort. Other features like the arched doorways, mythological pictures will make you familiar with a medieval era like ambiance.

The Havelis in Mandawa are quite popular tourist attractions. One of the most popular among them is the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli. A visit to this haveli is an integral part of travel to Mandawa as it has a number of attractions. The haveli has wonderful mythological paintings. Each of these paintings mainly depicts mythological characters like Lord Shiva and Indra Dev. There is also a magnificent portico in the Goenka Double Haveli and this portico is decorated with paintings of horses and elephants.

There are a number of other havelis also like the Lakshmi Narayan Ladia Haveli, Binsidhar Newtia Haveli and the Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli is known for its curious paintings. There is a painting of a boy holding a telephone and a European woman in a car driven by a chauffeur. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is famous for its erotic images, now mostly defaced. Each of these has a saga of its own to share. The Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli is a haveli which is considered as one of the most popular attractions in Mandawa. This haveli has a number of royal portraits and is visited by a large number of tourists, especially those who wish to sneak a peek in past to view the art form of yore. Once in Mandawa, your tour will also provide you an opportunity to see the paintings of Murmuria Haveli. These paintings mainly depict political leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru.

Visiting Mandawa allows an opportunity to experience Village safari where you catch a glimpse of rural lifestyle in Rajasthan's countryside. The village walk to the Churi Ajitgarh Village will be a revelation of simplicity and functionality of a village home. The shops, kiosks, tea stalls, temples etc. are a kaleidoscope of rural culture at its purest.

Another interesting activity for you is the Camel safari. Camel, also known as the ship of the desert will transform your concept of land travel. The view from the height of a Camel's back is quite different from that of any low slung sports car. The Camel Safari takes you through the Churi Ajitgarh village and creates an ambience of rural simplicity which you will never encounter in your urban fast paced lives. It's leisurely, languid and lazy!

Come and enjoy the richness of simplicity….