Mahansar: An unassuming village with a Fort


Mahansar is a tiny spectacle of royalty in the bevy of prominent royal towns of Rajasthan. The archetypal town stands unassertive and unapologetic. Mahansar is, in fact, a little settlement, in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, and it might as well be taken as a regular village. In a nutshell, it is just a humble village and unlike a majestic town, a modest village doesn’t really make itself known. Except for the regular azaans and temple chants, there is nothing loud about the place.

However, the only thing that makes Mahansar a little loud is the impressive Mahansar Fort founded in 1768 by the Shekhawat Thakurs. The fort, now converted into two heritage hotels, looks old-fashioned, rustic with an almost negligible renovation. And if you stand on one of the terraces of the fort, would you notice that visually the village shares the same antiquated feel of the fort. The fort indeed gives the village a defining perspective, beautiful architecture and a mix of muted and vibrant colors. Like its fort, the town looks splashed in yellow colors, with occasional red or blue buildings and a green colored mosque. In fact, the traces of interior designing of the fort can be found in the town. For instance, a lot of shops in the village bear the paintings of the excerpts from Ramayana and Mahabharata together with floral motifs.

Although, the place is nothing out of the box but it becomes special when you see the fort first and then see the village because the village is an elongated version of the fort.  It is because then it is easier to capture the essence of the place. As otherwise at one fleeting look, it is just a stereotypical village with some camel carts and strange paintings on the wall.


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