Holiday Overview

Mandawa Town
Amer Fort
Jantar Mantar Observatory (Photo Courtesy: Knowledge Seeker)
Hawa Mahal (Photo Courtesy: Firoze Edassery)
City Palace Jaipur (Photo Courtesy: Miya.m)
The lower tank of the temple
Jaigarh Fort (Photo Courtesy: Matthew Laird Acred)
Jal Mahal (Photo Courtesy: Jal Mahal Project)

Jaipur - Shekhavati Break is a short break itinerary that combines heritage destination of Jaipur with heritage getaway of Shekhavati (known for Authentic Heritage experience and Rural Rajasthan experience).


Jaipur(2) - Shekhavati (Mandawa)(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Jaipur. Local sightseeing and Shopping in Jaipur.
  • Day-2 Local Sightseeing in and around Jaipur.
  • Day-3 Proceed to Mandawa (Shekhavati) via Khatu Shyamji Temple and Salasar Balaji Temple. Heritage walk in the evening.
  • Day-4 Visits to Fort, Havelis and Temples around Shekhavati
  • Day-5 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Jaipur - Ladli Vocational Training Centre for Street Children (4.00 kms), Jantar Mantar Observatory (5.00 kms), Hawa Mahal (5.00 kms), City Palace Jaipur (5.00 kms), Albert Hall Museum (5.00 kms), Amer Fort (12.00 kms), Anokhi Museum (12.00 kms), Khatu Shyamji Temple (79.00 kms), Salasar Balaji Temple (170.00 kms)

Shekhavati (Mandawa) - Podar Haveli (29.00 kms), Rani Sati Temple (40.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Jaipur Departure - Jaipur
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Apr
  • May
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  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Additional night in Jaipur would allow guests to better explore elements of Jaipur.

  • Jaipur to Shekhavati (Mandawa) -170 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Shekhavati (Mandawa) to Jaipur -170 kms (4.5 hrs)

Jaipur(2) - Shekhavati (Mandawa)(2) - Jaipur

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Jaipur. Local sightseeing and Shopping in Jaipur.  Arrival at Jaipur. Jaipur is a major destination in Rajasthan visited for its heritage experience. Afternoon visit to Jantar Mantar (Observatory), City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Evening Visit to Markets for shopping. Dinner at Chokhi Dhani (Ethnic village experience serving Vegetarian Rajasthani Cuisine) is popular.

Day-2 Local Sightseeing in and around Jaipur. Visit to Amer Fort (Elephant ride possible, requires planning in advance)), Hawa Mahal, Anokhi Textile Museum and Albert Hall Museum. Experiential travellers may visit Ladli, a Vocational training centre for street children.

Day-3 Proceed to Mandawa (Shekhavati) via Khatu Shyamji Temple and Salasar Balaji Temple. Heritage walk in the evening. Proceed to Mandawa (260 kms - 6 hours) in the heart of Shekhavati region via Khatu Shyamji Temple and Salasar Balaji Temple. Shekhavati is renowned for its Frescoed Havelis, heritage forts, rural backdrop and real India experience. In the late afternoon enjoy a heritage walk down the lanes of Mandawa visiting Frescoed Havelis of the area and experiencing rural character of the area.

Day-4 Visits to Fort, Havelis and Temples around Shekhavati Morning Visit to Nawalgarh (43 kms - 1 hour). Nawalgarh is home to Frescoed Havelis (Podar Haveli, Morarka Haveli). Visit Rani Sati Temple near Bagar and experience drives around the Shekhavati area experiencing rural Rajasthan character of the area.

Day-5 Departure Travel to Jaipur (170 kms) and Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Jaipur :

  • Ladli Vocational Training Centre for Street Children - Ladli is a Vocational school for rescued street chidren. They welcome visitors and sell the jewelry the children have made. Its one of a kind project and excellent place to arrive for souvenir shopping. Experiential travellers and those interested in arts and crafts can spend more time volunteering. Ladli is a project of the small, independent, non-profit organisation I-India. It relies entirely on the generous support of customers, volunteers and donors.

  • Jantar Mantar Observatory - The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built in 18th century. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of few such other built in that period and is considered one of the world heritage site.

  • Hawa Mahal - Hawa Mahal is a unique five-storey building built in 1799 akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah". Its a popular monument to visit for guests arriving at Jaipur for its unique architecture and views around the area.

  • City Palace Jaipur - City Palace is a palace complex in Jaipur which was the seat of the royal family of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum (Sawai Mansingh Museum) but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

  • Albert Hall Museum - Albert Hall Museum is a state museum built in late 19th century having a rich collection of artefacts like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colourful crystal works etc

  • Amer Fort - Amer Fort is located in Amer, 12 kilometres from Jaipur. It is one of the principal tourist attractions of Jaipur, located high on a hill. Amer Fort was built in 18th century and is known for its artistic style. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront. The fort is a must for its different areas, its spread over 4 levels and its aesthetic ambiance. The areas comprise Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. There is also a stepwell nearby that could be an interesting visit for any traveller.

  • Anokhi Museum - The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of block printed cloth. Exhibits and educational programming highlight various aspects of this ancient craft in order to strengthen appreciation for a living art form.

  • Khatu Shyamji Temple - Khatushyamji is a renowned Krishna Temple 75+ kms from Jaipur near Sikar and well visited all round the year. Temple is open from 5 AM in the morning till about 9 PM (may vary a bit with season)

  • Salasar Balaji Temple - Salasar is situated on NH-65 at 170 km from Jaipur and 350 km from Delhi and visited for Salasar Balaji temple .Salasar Balaji Temple is a Hanuman temple and a renowned regional pilgrimage centre. Two fairs are organized in this temple in the month of April when devotees in large numbers arrive for Darshan.

Shekhavati (Mandawa) :

  • Podar Haveli - 300 year old Frescoed Haveli and a Museum that can be visited after paying the entry fee. Guide service is recommended for a complete understanding of the history of the mansion and the area.

  • Rani Sati Temple - The Rani Sati temple is a renowned pilgrimage for the locals and Rajasthanis all over the world. The most characteristic feature of the temple is that there is no statue or image of any female or male deity. A trident in the form of power and force is worshiped.

Destination Overview

Jaipur - Jaipur is capital of Rajasthan and one of the major tourist destinations of India and part of the famed “Golden Triangle” itinerary route along with Delhi and Agra. Jaipur has now evolved into a major business center with all requisites of a metropolitan city.

Shekhavati (Mandawa) - Mandawa is visited for its profound rural character and made even more famous by the Castle mandawa, which was one of the first heritage hotels to come up in the area.

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  • Jaipur to Shekhavati (Mandawa) -170 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Shekhavati (Mandawa) to Jaipur -170 kms (4.5 hrs)

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  • Jaipur to Shekhavati (Mandawa) -170 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Shekhavati (Mandawa) to Jaipur -170 kms (4.5 hrs)

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