Mandwa is a small town in Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan which used to lie on the old silk route. It used to be hub for rich merchants trading through the silk route and spice route. The Shekhawati Region is known as "open art gallery" of the fascinating havelis that have lavishly painted walls, Mandawa itself has 125 havelis with walls having frescos dating back to 18th century. Many of the havelis are not maintained so it is advised to hire a guide to get inside the most beautiful and protected ones.
The town is located at a 5 hours driving distance from Delhi so it is easily doable over a weekend and if you have some time you can pay a visit to few more beautiful towns (such as Nawalgarh, Churu, Sikar, Dundlod) in Shekhawati 1-2 hours away from Mandawa each having its own share of beautifully built forts and havelis.
Our plan was confined to Mandawa and Nawalgarh with the luxurious stay at Sara Vilas Palace. Beautiful resort built in the rhythm aligning with the rest of the town. After soaking in the medieval environment of the resort we headed to explore the town and immediately took a guide for the day Rs. 300 (I didn’t negotiate with him, so one might get one for lesser fee).