Founded in the mid 18th century Mandawa skyline today is dominated by an imposing fort, now a heritage hotel that is maintained in classic medieval style with modern luxuries. The archway is painted with interesting forms of Lord Krishna and his cowherds. The sprawling architecture houses different themes in different wings. The spacious rooms are adorned by intricate interior wall paintings and mirror work with an open terrace that offers a panoramic view of the whole town. The women folk of the Mandawa family who lived in a royal style once used this floor. The Mandawa family has a unique collection of their preserved paintings and antiques that adorn the main huge hall in the centre of the castle, originally the durbar hall and now an exotic lounge. The ceremonial costumes of the family collection and the precious arms with handles of jade and beautiful curios brought by the British as gifts for the nobles are well placed like showcases of a museum. The hotel is well equipped with modern facilities in an ethnic set-up. A night’s stay is an experience in itself with thematic evenings and oriental and medieval cuisine. The warm hospitality is touching.
Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli has a depiction of Indra on an elephant and Lord Shiva on His Nandi Bull. Right across it is the Goenka Double Haveli with two gates. The haveli has a monumental façade of elephants and horses. Some of its frescoes are in bad shape. Nearby, the Murmuria Haveli has a train with a crowded level crossing. It also shows a low flying crow above the train. The haveli also has an imposing picture of Nehru on horseback holding the national flag. The Jhunjhunwala Haveli has an impressive gold leaf painted room and charges an admission fee of Rs 10. The Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli has an impressive picture of a Maharaja stroking his moustache. The Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Chokhani Double Haveli are some other havelis in the area.