Photographer's Note

Mandawa is nearly 200km north-west of Jaipur in the remote Shekhawati region. The area is very arid but became important as trading posts for the ancient caravan routes from China to the Middle East. Although the caravans stopped in the late 18th Century Mandawa remained the home to many rich mercahnts who built palatial houses called Havelis which were adorned with brightly coloured frescos. Fort Mandawa was built at this time with a medieval theme of turrets, roof balconies as shown in the picture. Inside it is richly decorated. It is now a heritage hotel. Our room was on three levels in a tower and from the window I watched these men with a rather unstable looking ladder climbing on the roof. I thoroughly recommend Mandawa as it is off the main tourist trail and you can safely walk the charming streets safely. I have uploaded images from Mandawa before and will upload one showing the murals soon.

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Additional Photos by Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1768 W: 0 N: 4456] (21903)
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