Mandawa : The City of Art
On entering Mandawa, you may feel that you have stepped into an art painting. The numerous havelis and mansions in Mandawa are painted quite lavishly enough to make the entire town look drenched in colors. In Mandawa, you may feel that you are touring in an art gallery rather than a town. Each haveli is gorgeous and stunning and the fantastic colors of each building enchant the visitor.
The Mandawa Castle lives up to the expectations of the visitor as it dominates the townscape even from a distance. At the same time, it also fulfills the design demands of Mandawa. The grand castle is elegantly decorated and its interiors are covered with frescoes. The intriguing frescoes have been crafted masterfully and can mesmerize. The gateway of the castle is similarly grand and has been gracefully painted with images of the Lord Krishna and his holy cows. The rooms of the castle have similar painted adornments of the lord. Each room has been crafted with care from the carvings to the exquisite mirror work. The castle may now operate as a hotel but it is difficult not to treat the building as a work of art. The Durbar Hall of the castle is magnificent keeping with the grandeur of the rest of the palace. The Hall contains a number of interesting antiques and exemplary paintings. The colorful castle is striking amidst the many decorated havelis in the town.
Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli
The town of Mandawa has some fine examples of highly decorated havelis and mansions. These havelis are intricately decorated and are a splash of color on the landscape. Most of these exquisitely colorful havelis feature extensive murals and frescoes of the highest quality. The Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli is a similarly excellent piece of architecture. The façade of the haveli features an excellent piece of artwork with religious significance. The artwork features Lord Indra, the king of the Vedic gods as well as the most important Vedic god, is shown riding his elephant. However, intriguingly the picture can also represent Lord Shiva riding Nandi, his holy bull. It all depends on the viewpoint of the visitor.