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  • Castle Mandawa
  • Castle Mandawa
  • Castle Mandawa
  • Castle Mandawa
  • Castle Mandawa

Castle Mandawa, Jhunjhunu

Historic Hotel – Typically up to £100 per room per night

Summary

Short description

Bristling old fashion charm that never fails to impress

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Accommodation

Recommended for:
Desert | Escorted tour | History & culture

Location

The Shekhawati region in Rajasthan is an area of mostly arid desert, crossed by the ancient caravan routes that carried goods between Europe and the Far East. The town of Mandawa was born along this route, initially as a protective outpost, and soon wealthy traders came to settle, spending their profits on building palatial mansions.

Accommodation

Part of the charm of Castle Mandawa lies in the individual rooms – 70 in total – each individually and distinctively decorated, reflecting a long list of past occupants and their tastes. Alongside first-class comfort and amenities including marble bathtubs fit for emperors, expect whimsical artifacts and imperious views over the town.

Dining

Mealtimes here affect the rest of your senses as much as your tastebuds. The delicately spiced aromas rising from the curries; the intricate murals lining the walls of the dining room; the subtle plucking of a sitar; the dust of roti flour all combine to create a fabulous dining experience. A blowout option is the Shekhawati ‘royal repast’, a candlelit dinner on the lawns or around a bonfire in the rear courtyard, with entertainment from a fire dancer swaying to the beat of traditional drums.

Facilities

A tempting pool sits pretty in manicured gardens and a croquet lawn and a luxury spa provide further distraction. Hotel staff can also organise camel and horse rides, jeep safaris and a heritage walk around Mandawa town, renowned as an open-air art gallery for its typical Shekhawait havelis (mansions) with lavishly decorated walls. Excursions further afield take in fascinating neighbouring towns, the Blackbuck sanctuary at Talchapar and the religious sites of Salasar Balaji, Jeenmata and Lohagal.

Stay here on these holidays

Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,880 pp incl. flights

Rajasthan is the epitome of romantic India. Towering forts, ornate temples, peaceful lakes and glittering palaces characterise the cities and towns of this incredible north-Indian state. Explore it all on this tailor-made tour, which includes stays at some of the region's most characterful hotels.

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