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Mandawa

Painted Hawalies, MandawaMandawa 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 Painted Havelies. The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads.

The City of Mandawa was made a thikana in the mid of 18th century by the Bhojraj Ji Kasubsub clan of Shekhawat Rajputs. About the origin of this town there have been earlier references to Mandu Jat as founder of the Mandawa village. He first established a dhani (hamlet) and dug a well here, Initially this place was known as 'Mandu ki dhani', 'Mandu ka bas' or 'Manduwas' which changed to 'Manduwa', 'Mandwa' and finally 'Mandawa'.

A remote feudal principality in the centre of the Shekhawati region, Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, the Rajput ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa, built a fort in 1755 to protect this outpost. The township that grew around the fort soon attracted a large community of traders, who settled here and made good fortune, as Mandawa situated on the main silk route, and build residential havelis and painted them with various themes from Mahabharata and Ramayana. The city is still called the Open Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan.

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