We would have missed this experience except for our wonderful driver Rajeev, who we hired through Perfect Holiday Travels, in Delhi. It was our last stop through Rajahstan, and the havelis of Mandawa were not to be missed. In this hotel, the ornate and delicate paintings on ceilings and walls are simply beautiful. Our room was large, with window seat and cushions, overlooking the spectacular and grand courtyard below with its large pool. The formal dining room has an expansive buffet, as well as a la carte meals. Camel rides into the desert can be arranged through the hotel, and the camels arrive ready to ride in the courtyard. It was clearly a favourite spot for westerners just before Christmas, and is either a beginning spot to Rajahstan or the ending, as with us. The small shops just outside the gate of the hotel looked very inviting, but the endless hassle from the vendors was offputting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like many historic homes, Castle Mandawa is a curious mixture of the old and the new. Medieval turreted towers, palanquin-roofed balconies, blend with modern comforts in old-world rooms. Family portraits, antique cannons and arms add to the charm of this family-run resort where tradition still runs strong. Today, the world comes to this storybook town to see its colourful frescoes on every subject under the sun, that is, ranging from the religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire, rendered in the inimitable style of the local artist. And perhaps the best place to discover the legacy of Shekhawati is from the comfort of Castle Mandawa, a fortress, now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel. Explore Castle Mandawa at your own pace. Spend a leisurely hour over a drink in the colonial verandah that accommodates the bar, or relax in the cosy comfort of the Diwankhana, the formal drawing room decorated with family portraits and an array of antique armour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Mandawa
- Mandawa Castle Hotel
- Castle Mandawa Hotel Rajasthan