The city of
Mandawa, founded in the mid 18th century, was once a town inhabited by
the rich merchant families. The wealthy and dominant merchants
constructed massive havelis, adorned with beautiful wall paintings,
for the purpose of their residence. However, with time, the merchants
moved on and migrated to other areas, leaving the beautiful havelis in
the shadows of anonymity. Still, the magnificence of these havelis did
not diminish and now they have become a major tourist attraction of
the city. Read on this Mandawa city guide to get further information
about this city:
The beautiful wall paintings that decorate the havelis of Mandawa in
Rajasthan, India, have seen the themes changing from time to time. In
the earlier days, mythology dominated the themes of the frescoes,
displaying local legends, animals, portraits, hunting and wrestling
scenes, etc. 19th century saw the themes being changed to reflect the
British (Raj) influence on the Indian culture. The traditional
subjects were exchanged for cars, trains, balloons, telephones,
gramophones, English men in hunting attires and portraits of the
haveli owners immaculately dressed, etc.
Jaipur is the nearest
airport from Mandawa.
Jhunjhunu is the nearest
railhead from Mandawa. The station is linked to major cities like,
Delhi, Bikaner and Jaipur.
Mandawa is well
connected by road with many cities in Rajasthan.
There are a number of fascinating havelis in Mandawa, all of them
adorned with beautiful wall paintings. Some of the main havelis are:
Goenka Haveli: This haveli has a painting depicting Indra Dev
on an elephant and Lord Shiva on his vehicle, Nandi bull.
Goenka Double Haveli:
This haveli, with two gates, has its portico adorned with
elephants and horses.
The paintings of the haveli include a train with a crowded level
crossing, with crow flying above it. Another impressive picture is
that of Nehru on a horseback, holding the national flag.
The haveli is decorated with striking gold leaf painted room.
Mohan Lal Saraf
Haveli: The picture of a Maharaja stroking his moustaches
beautifies this haveli.
Other havelis of Mandawa
include the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli,
Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Chokhani Double Haveli, etc.
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