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
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. Even time is measured by a
different clock... a huge brass gong struck by the resident timekeepers
at the fort every hour!
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.
The large and airy rooms of the Castle
have been converted into charming, well appointed accommodation,
retaining the old flavour using period furniture and local furnishings.
No two rooms are alike (there are 70 of them -- Royal Suites, Luxury
Suites, Deluxe Rooms, Standard Rooms) and yet each of them display the
grandeur and the taste of the rulers of the past. A rare blend of modern
comfort in medieval surroundings!
Part of the excitement of staying at
Mandawa is a sense of discovery at every turn. Battlements that offer
spectacular views of the town below, a whimsical peacock weathervane, an
arched window that overlooks the verdant garden visited by peacocks.
In the zenana or women's quarters, one
room offers antique murals, another has a marble fountain, while the
turret room boasts of walls that are 7 feet thick! Looking out from the
windows of the turret room it is easy to imagine the marauding bandits
that once roamed freely here. Little wonder then that the family crest
contains the motto, Veer Bhogya Vasundhara - The brave shall inherit the
Facilities and Attractions
There are 70 rooms, a verandah bar,
conference facilities and an ayurvedic centre. The hotel also organizes
camel and horse rides, jeep safaris, gala dinners, puppet shows and folk
dances, traditional welcome with tilak and garlands, theme weddings,
turret dinners and a heritage walk of Mandawa.
Swimming pool and Spa
Camel and Horse rides, Jeep Safaris
Gala Dinners, puppet shows, Folk dances
Royal welcome, Theme Weddings, Turret
Billiard room, Pool table, Table Tennis
Vintage car rides
At Mandawa, simple pleasures leave a
listing impression... whether it is a quiet breakfast on a terrace
offering great views of distant temples and cenotaphs, a leisurely lunch
in the mural-painted dining room, sundowners sipped in the congenial
setting of the verandah bar, or an alfresco dinner under the stars,
entertained by Rajasthani folk singers and dancers. Every meal becomes a
One of the highlights of the stay at
Castle Mandawa is the royal repast. A candle lit dinner on the lawns, or
around a bonfire in the rear courtyard, is climaxed by the performance
of a fire dancer who sways to the hypnotic beat of traditional drums.