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Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

It's like a fairy tale: The castle is gorgeous, the family - descendants of the former rulers - is lovely and the food is mouth-watering. In the evening before dinner a bonfire is lit in the courtyard, where we enjoyed chats with the family and guests.
The location is perfect to explore the Shekawati region and the small village of Mahensar offers some of the finest fresco paintings (less known 'Golden Room'). Also haveli-laden Ramgarh is only a ten minute drive away. Mr. Kumari also organized a very knowledgable guide, whom we also heavily recommend.
We want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Kumari for one of the most memorable stays in Rajasthan. Absolutely recommended!

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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narayanniwasmahensar, Owner at Narayan Niwas Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2019

Thank you very much for your kind words. It means a lot to us. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

why would you run around Rajhastan historical havelis when you can sleep in one? the heritage suite makes you feel like sleeping in a museum. it is a unique authentic experience.
as part of the immersion there no menu as meals are chosen for you. they are excelent

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Joséphine R
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narayanniwasmahensar, Owner at Narayan Niwas Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2019

Thank you very much for your kind words. It means a lot to us. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

Located in a relatively off the beaten track, compared to a tourist Mecqua (in the making) like Mandawa, although easily accessible by road from New-Delhi in 4-5 hours, Narayan Niwas Castle is a place that leaves you “ enchanted”, in the true sense of the word. What radiates naturally from this fort is an incredible charm reflecting the bygone splendor of the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan and its rich history. Then, as a guest, you are taken aback by the warm welcome extended to you by the host : an unusuall kind of personalized attention with a unique touch of old-days courtesy, so moving. In this well maintained 18th century fort, you enjoy the hospitality of a family of high lineage having no other purpose than making you feel at home and happy. Good to see that this superb architectural heritage has not been confiscated by a five stars hotel chain or a pretentious so-called boutique hotel. Comfort at Narayan Niwas Castle is basic but cozy, nothing extra really missing, but some suites, number 1 in particular, offer at a very reasonable rate, the finest and most memorable setting. Last but not the least the cuisine under the recognized authority of a Chef who happens to be the spouse of the resident Thakur, is worth a Michelin star ! Let me conclude by adding that during my two-year posting in India, during my trips all over the Country, I have never clicked in such an unconditionnal way with a property, the host and his family. Looking forward to staying there again in a not too distant future.

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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narayanniwasmahensar, Owner at Narayan Niwas Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2019

Thank you very much for your kind words. It means a lot to us. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

It was so nice to sleep in the 700 hunderd yrs old Castle, former residence of the royal family. Since 300 yrs it is property of the present family. We slept in the suite room nr 1, which was so special.
The owner is a very kind and helpful man. Nothing was too much.
It is a hidden pearl, far from the Tourist track. But you need a car to come there. It is a excellent place to explore the Shekawati region.
A heritage as this castle is unique

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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narayanniwasmahensar, Owner at Narayan Niwas Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2019

Thank you very much for your kind words. It means a lot to us. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 19 October 2018

For our short visit to Shekhawati region, I initially made a booking to the more popular destination Mandawa and it was purely a chance encounter while reading reviews on trip advisor that my husband suggested this place and we changed our decision and made a booking for this place. And I am so glad we did! It was exactly what we were looking for, a peaceful getaway with a rustic charm, a bit of history, amazing hospitality and mouth-drooling food. This is a 300-year old castle and is not at all like a hotel, it almost feels like visiting extended family who happen to be Rajput royalty! The hosts (Thakur Sahab and his wife) are extremely warm, kind and genuine people. Thakur Sahab's father was the last ruling Zamindar of Mahansar and this ancestral property is maintained by Thakur Sahab with a lot of Heart!! Although we were there only for a day, but he made sure that we get to see the most unique art forms of the area. We know this for sure, that had we stayed in Mandawa nobody would have told us about Mahansar and we would have missed the magnificent wall art present at this place. We are definitely going back again to enjoy the place a little more.

Room tip: Heritage suite
Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Richa M
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narayanniwasmahensar, Owner at Narayan Niwas Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2019

Thank you very much for your kind words. It means a lot to us. Hope to see you again soon.

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