Mandawa is the most happening village of entire Shekhawati tourism sphere; it was an earliest place which made to the Shekhawati tourism map. Maharao Shardul Singh Ji of Jhunjhunu gave this area to his Son Thakur Nawal Singh, who also founded Nawalgarh. Thakur Nawal Singh built the fort at Mandawa in 1755AD. Today, Mandawa is carrying a legacy full of Heritage full of Rajput Art. Any trip to Shekhawati region minus Mandawa is an incomplete one. A strong line of luxury hotels and fort/castle converted in to hotel is a dream stay for the tourists visiting Shekhawati. Mandawa castle converted in to a tourist hotel makes to the top palace hotels of India.


The interiors of Mandawa Fort are influenced from Seesh Mahal of Amber Fort, as there is lots of mirror work in the walls and the ceiling. The Durbar Hall is a grand portion of the Fort. The other buildings of the town were built by wealthy merchant community known as Marwaris. In the princely era Late Ustad Mehdi Hassan’s forefathers were the court singers of Mandawa Thikana. Ustad Mehdi Hassan spent his childhood in the village Luna of Jhunjhunu district and he gave his first performance in the court of Mandawa Thakur Saheb in his childhood.

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli is a popular tourist attraction of Mandawa. The attraction is a must-visit for history buffs and art lovers. Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli is the perfect example of Rajasthani art and heritage. The haveli is well-known for its beautiful artwork which reflects the creativity of the artists from the bygone era. The intricate carvings and designs which feature on the walls and pillars of the haveli take us back to the glorious time of the Rajputs.

Jhunjhunwala Haveli is best known to feature traditional Rajasthani art. The architectural Beauty of the structure leaves every visitor spellbound. The haveli has latticed windows and beautiful wooden doors which make it stand out among the rest. The creativity of Rajasthani artists can be seen through the decoration on the walls of the haveli. People from all over visit the haveli to have alook at its intricate architecture, which makes them, flip back the pages of the Rajputana era.

The Badalgarh Fort was built by Nawab Fazl Khan, towards the end of the 17th century. Though it is considered one of the popular forts of Shekhawati, it was basically built as a stable to protect the camels and horses. Therefore, this palace lacks the ‘sheesh mahals’ or mirror palaces and ‘baradaris’ or pavilions that is usually found in other palaces. Apart from providing views of the surrounding areas, the fort has three tombs or ‘makbaras’ of the Kaimkhani nawabs.

You can see Rajasthan on a jeep safari or if you’ve a penchant for the high life, aboard the luxury train. But to really get a hands-on feel of the desert state, there’s nothing beating a camel safari. Clamber up on one of these seemingly ungainly beasts, hang on for dear life, and let the good times roll- literally, for the Ship of the Desert walks in a way which would certainly remind any sailor of a rolling, pitching deck in turbulent waters! “Enjoy Your Evening in Desert”