The historical Mandawa Fort in Mandawa

Mandawa Tours and Travels

About Mandawa

Located in the Shekhawati region and generally considered one of the more thriving of its villages, Mandawa is a popular retreat destination for India's city-dwellers. The region came to prominence in the late 18th century when wealthy merchants settled in the area and began constructing magnificent buildings known as havelis. Once these prosperous clans departed from Shekhawati, the buildings fell into obscurity until much later. With so much stunning architecture in one place and a relaxed atmosphere, imbued with history and legend, it would be a serious mistake to leave Mandawa off your itinerary.

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The biggest draw cards of this town are, without a doubt, its numerous havelis, decorated with gorgeous frescoes, and its fort. The most famous of all of the havelis here is the eponymous Mandawa Haveli, which has been partially turned into a hotel, so guests can experience the grandeur of the building to its fullest extent. It is also conveniently located right in the heart of Mandawa, making it an excellent springboard for further exploration of the village.

Naturally, the plethora of other havelis should all be sought out if timing permits. Alternatively, visitors to the region can take a stroll through the village and pay a visit to some of the small boutiques that sell local arts and crafts. Items for sale often include handicrafts, antiques and traditional paintings, all of which make excellent souvenirs. Make sure you complement every day with a trip to one of Mandawa's fantastic restaurants that serve delicious Rajasthani food.

Mandawa Hotels

If you are planning a Mandawa holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Mandawa Castle Mandawa

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Heritage

Castle Mandawa is a curious mixture of the antique and the modern. Medieval turreted towers and palanquin-roofed balconies blend with modern comforts in stunning old-world rooms. Family portraits, antique cannons and arms add to the charm of this family-run resort where tradition still runs strong. Within the grand dining room, guests can dine in regal style as they feast on traditional Rajasthani food and watch the performances by the local folk dancers and singers.

The Desert Resort Mandawa

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel

The Desert Resort is a verdant oasis in the midst of a stark desert landscape. Each cottage and room is furnished in a distinctive style. The exteriors are decorated with traditional lime-paste “MANDANA” or rice-flour patterns which are redone daily by women from the village, while the interiors are ornamented with mirror-work and glass beads in myriad colours. The Desert Resort is just one kilometre away from the Castle Mandawa and is built on top of a magnificent sand dune.

Mandawa Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Mandawa .

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