Mandawa: typical of the entire region, the family haveli’s of Mandawa are adorned with gaily painted murals that illuminate the arid landscape. The town of Mandawa is 19km north-east of Fatehpur. Mandawa a remote principality was situated on the ancient carvan routes to the north from China and the middle east. Thakur Nawal Singh, the ruler of Mandawa commissioned a fort in 1755 to protect this trading outpost. This historic fort is now a luxurious heritage hotel and dominates the town with palatial mansions. Some of the splendid examples of this region’s attractions are the Haveli’s of Chokhani, Saraf, Newatiaa and Goenka.
Nawalgarh: 28km from Mandawa, Nawalgarh was founded in 1737 by one of the sons of Thakur Sardul Singh, the Rajput ruler Nawal Singh. The richly painted inner courtyard of the Murarka Haveli is perhaps the most splendid. The Koolwal Haveli has portraits of its family members as well as of Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru, above the enterance. The courtyard features some of the religious themes. Bhagton ki Haveli, Dharni Dharka Haveli, Aath Haveli have frescoes influenced by European subjects. Parasrampura is a short drive from Nawalgarh and the Haveli belonging to Parasrampuria family abounds in historical and religious frescoes.
Dundlod: North of Nawalgarh, 7km, Dundlod is a small village right in the heart of Shekhawati region. A fort dating back to 1750 was built by Thakur Kesri Singh – the youngest son of Sardul Singh. Inside the fort is an interesting Mughal style private audience hall diwan-i-khas with stained glass windows, period british furniture, rare books and portraits of the chieftains family. The fort has been converted into a heritage hotel. Other attraction is the Satyanarayan Temple built by a member of Goenka family in 1911 with various examples of frescoes.