Info : Dera Mandawa
Enter through the gates of Dera Mandawa and escape from the hectic Jaipur city life. This tranquil and spacious boutique hotel might be in the centre of the city, but it feels like a sanctuary. The ancestral home of Thakur Durga Singh is steeped in history, and the man himself is enthusiastically involved in Rajasthan culture, politics, religion, and current affairs. Come here for a truly personal experience oozing with warmth and character.
Jaipur, the pink city, is within walking distance of the hotel. You can visit the city palace and the war forts, Nahar Garh and Jai Garh. The sun dial, observatory, and the old market are all just a few kilometres away. On-site at the hotel, you can enjoy a home-cooked meal in the courtyard, learn about Rajasthani cuisine at the cooking school, get involved in competitive kite flying from the roof, feed the birds, and meet the cows and turtles in the hotel’s backyard.
The rooms themselves, only nine in total, are beautifully decorated, and some of them feature ornate frescoes and paintings. Although the bathrooms are on the small side, the rooms themselves are full of character, and some are spread over two storeys. Throughout the hotel, there are special touches designed to make you feel at home, such as bed tea and fascinating conversations with Thakur Durga Singh. Come here for a warm welcome and a good meal after a busy day in Jaipur.
Homestay - What we mean by 'Homestay' is generally a large family owned house, still occupied by at least some members of the family. Interaction with guests is encouraged and is in fact unlikely to be avoided! These places always have bags of character are usually highly charming and can provide a fascinating shortcut towards understanding local life a little better. Facilities can range from the luxurious, to pretty basic and meals are generally taken as a group and served in the local style rather than from a menu. The service is almost always fairly quirky and idiosyncratic. Great fun.
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