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Mandawa, The Open Art Gallery Of Rajasthan!

Rajasthan is a very popular tourist destination in India. Tourists and travelers from all over the world come to spend some time here. There are several wonderful cities and places to visit but Mandawa is a must see on any traveler’s list.

There is a reason Rajasthan is on every traveler’s list of must see places. International tourists find it exotic and enticing. Local and national tourists are always drawn to the mesmerizing architecture, sprawling desert and delicious food. Rajasthan is a land of royalty. In ancient times, rich and powerful royal families lived here. They built vast and expensive palaces, beautiful mansions and stunning houses to live in. These houses remain a testimony to their power, wealth and glory even today. Curious travelers come from all over to soak in the exquisite architecture and live like royalty. And there’s the food! Centuries of Rajput lineage have passed on dishes that fill your heart and soul. Succulent meats in flavored spices, local vegetables in authentic gravies and fresh breads are just some dishes you will get to sample if you visit Rajasthan. The state is also popular for its artifacts, clothes and accessories. It maybe a desert but the state’s art and culture is loaded with color. Rich, embellished dresses in bright hues with intricate glass work are a trademark of this place. Beautiful, real jewelry in silver and metal is also popular and sourced to various cities in India. These are just things that it is known for, but do you know where you should go?

Udaipur has been a staple among the top most destinations of India and Asia. It is also home to exotic, lavish palaces that have been converted into hotels and resorts. You can take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and enjoy a pleasant summer evening. Another amazing city is Jodhpur. The venue to the much awaited Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wedding, it is full of architectural marvels. Of course there is always Jaipur, the Pink City of India.

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These are very common and often visited places so if you are interested in something offbeat, try visiting Mandawa. Known for its havelis and forts, it is situated in the Jhunjhunu district. The city was developed around the Mandawa Fort. Since it is in a desert, the city faces extreme weather conditions. Summers can reach almost 45 degrees and winters are cool and chilly with temperatures of about 12 degrees. The best time to visit is between November and late February.

Mandawa is accessible by road, train and air from the major cities. If you take a flight to Jaipur you can take a cab or bus from Jaipur airport to Mandawa. The city was a hamlet in the early centuries with powerful and wealthy families living there. They built beautiful, colorful palaces and havelis decorated with artworks and murals. These havelis remain popular even today as they are strong and sturdy. The Mandawa Fort is an amazing piece of ancient architecture. Arches, frescoes and walls are painted with murals of Gods and local myths. A towering gateway stands tall with paintings of Lord Krishna leading a herd of cows. It has now been converted into a hotel that tourists can stay in. There are many havelis in and around Mandawa. It has a reputation for being the art gallery of the state because of the many pieces of artworks on the walls of the palaces and havelis. For example, the Jhunjhunwala Haveli has a breathtaking room painted in gold leaf long before the style became popular. The city is also a popular destination for Bollywood and several movies have shot here due to the many havelis and mansions.

“Featured Photo: Naughty, Naughty!” by Kandukuru Nagarjun under CC BY 2.0

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