Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. The town lies between latitude 28 degree 06' in the north and longitude 75 degree 20' in the east. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis . The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads.
The City of Mandawa was made athikana in the mid of 18th century by the Bhojraj Ji Kasubsub clan of Shekhawat Rajputs. About the origin of this town there have been earlier reference to Mandu Jat as founder of the Mandawa village. He first established a dhani (hamlet) and dug a well here, which was completed on savan badi 5 samvat 1797 (1740 AD) (source - Shekhawati Bodh, Mandawa special issue, July 2005). Initially this place was known as 'Mandu Ki dhani', 'Mandu Ka Bas' or 'Manduwas' which changed to 'Manduwa', ' Mandwa' and finally 'Mandawa'.
A Remote feudal principality in the center of Shekhawati region, Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the mile East. Thakur Nawal Singh, the Rajput ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa, built a front in 1755 to protect this outpost. The township that grew around the fort soon attracted a large community to traders, who settled here.