The Chavda dynasty ruled northern Gujarat from 690 to 942AD. Their descendants ruled Mansa, a non-salute princely state under the Mahi Kantha Agency, which is now part of Gandhinagar district of Gujarat. In 1948, Raol Sajjan Singhji signed the accession of the state. The Mansa palace has been in continuous occupation of the Chavda dynasty from 1585AD.
The residence of erstwhile Raol of Mansa, Vanraj Singhji, Sajjan Vilas Palace comprises four buildings in the same walled complex – the Zanana which is a medieval building that is an example of the Gujarati wooden and brickwork architectural style, the 1920s European style royal residence called Sajjan Vilas, the Takth Bhuvan which was the administrative block with courtroom and accounts office, and the Vanraj Bhuvan that housed state guests.
Mansa has a stepwell, old Vaishnava temples and historical buildings.
Mansa makes a convenient base to visit Gandhinagar with its Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre, Akshardham temple, Indroda Park, Adalaj stepwell and the wood carver’s village of Pethapur, famous for its wooden blocks for printing.