Mandawa Haveli An open art Gallery
Mandawa is a town in Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region which was ruled by Rajputs. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. 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 called as frescoes depicting historical events, mythological tales etc. These painting depict the Indian tradition and historical events.
There are various havelis which were owned in earlier times by the merchants. The uniqueness of these havlies are the architectural marvel, motifs and frescos. Throughout the haveli the inside and outside walls have been painted with these frescos and which gives them a rich look.
Very near to Mandwa is a small town name Nawalgar. This town too is known for havelis. Built around a central fort, Nawalgarh is an alluring destination for those who take delight in the traditional art and culture of Rajasthan. Nawalgar is known to possess the highest number of Shekhawati Havelis. Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Roop Nivas Palace, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli, Anandi Lal Poddar, Aath Haveli Complex and Chokhani Haveli are some of the renowned forts that are popular among the tourists coming to the territory.
These havelis were built to showcase the money strength of the merchants and to entertain guests. The amount of frescos also depicted the richness of the merchant and hence the most affluent would cover inside and outside of their haveli with such paintings.