Situated 168 Km. from Jaipur, Mandawa,  once functioned as a trading outpost for ancient caravan routes in Shekhawati for goods from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, then ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa built a fort to protect this outpost. The Mandawa fort famous for its painted arched gateway, beautiful frescoes, exquisite carvings and mirror work.  Situated in the middle of the town, the Mandawa Fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Mandawa is also famous for its beautiful havelis.