Mandawa - Asia's Largest Open Art Gallery

10th Jul 2015
Photo of Mandawa - Asia's Largest Open Art Gallery by Jai Thakur

Considered to be the Asia’s largest open art gallery, Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis. The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads. This town has been referred to as the “open art gallery” of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region and not just Mandawa is dotted with fascinating mansions-havelis that have lavishly painted walls.

Fatehpur Shekhawati is midway between Jaipur and Bikaner on National Highway 11. Fatehpur is famous for grand havelis with frescos, which are significant architectural structures of the Shekhawati region. A number of monumental wells and springs known as bawdis are also centres of attraction.

Navalgarh is a part of the Shekhawati region and is midway between Jhunjhunu and Sikar. It is 30 km from Sikar and 39 km from Jhunjhunu.

How to reach: Delhi to Mandawa by car via Jhunjhunu around 260KMs

Where to stay: You can stay in beautifully painted havelis converted into hotels. We stayed in Hotel Heritage (2014/2015) which had decent infrastructure and services. I rate this 3.5/5. You can opt for other havelis too depending upon availabilty and your budget

What to eat: All hotels provide good Rajsthani, North Indian, Continental & Chinese food. On the street you must try local golgappas and kachori-jalebi

What to see: Mandawa Fort, Sewaram Saraf Haveli, Sneh Ram Ladia Haveli, Chowkhani Haveli. Also few Kms away lies Navalgarh region where you can witnes the beautiful fresco work at Morarka Museum. Fatehpur Shewati is another god option to explore for paintings and street lovers