True to its name, the Desert Resort Mandawa is built with sand and is a typical replica of a Rajasthani village. Set amidst acres of natural landscape in the colourful land of Rajputs, this weekend getaway near Delhi is an unbelievable mix of opulence and nature that promises elite captivating experience and utmost luxury amid breathtaking views. The guests are not the only visitors here. Camels, peacocks and numerous birds will also give you company.
Summer- Min 17°C, Max 37°C
Winter- Min 6°C, Max 32°C
Best time to visit: September-May
By Air: Jaipur Airport (180 km, 4 1/2 hrs)
By Rail: Jhunjhunu Railway Station (28 km, 3/4 hr)
By Road: Jaipur (167 km, 4 1/4 hrs)
THINGS TO DO
The City Palace (Jaipur)- This palace hosts a sprawling museum with a vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The Indo-European architecture of the palace is a treat to the eyes.
The Hawa Mahal- The “Palace of Winds” is a high screen wall originally built so Royal women could observe festivals from inside the palace. The structure built out of red and pink sandstone, is located at the edge of the City Palace.
Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors)- Within the grand Amber Fort stands a room with countless mirrors that is world famous. The mirrors are of convex shape and designed with coloured foil and paint which would glitter bright under candlelight at the time it was in use.
Ranthambore National Park- Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s largest and most well known national parks. Its desert-like flatlands are perfect for spotting animals including leopards, nilgai, wild boar, hyena, sloth bears and even the elusive tiger. In fact Ranthambore is considered the best place to spot tigers.
Malik Talao- Although this lake is the smallest of the three in Ranthambore National Park, it has the healthiest population of birds. Indian Marsh Crocodiles and kingfishers are also easily seen from a close distance.
Khandar Fort- Khandar Fort had never been successfully attacked and was truly once considered invincible. Placed strategically at the top of a cliff the fort includes 7 temples. Infact when perched perfectly one can spot the wild animals beyond, even the tiger.