We stayed three nights, but could easily have stayed more. We had the castle to ourselves, so got to have a tour of all the rooms. We had a Heritage Room (I'm not sure how many of these there are) and two of the others in our group had the Heritage Suite. It was definitely worth the small extra amount of money. The Suite was amazing: a courtyard with an alcove and a private bathroom with hot water; a large sitting area with two additional huge side alcoves with mattress and cushion covered raised sitting areas, with fairy tale windows to look out of; another large room that could be for dining; and a bedroom with an air conditioner (not for winter!). It was at once time a reception area for the maharaja. The Heritage Room was also incredible: a two story ceiling with a large balcony all around the upper perimeter of the room. Both rooms had paintings and quaint bits leftover from when it was inhabited by the family. It was originally used for viewing prospective bridegrooms. No hot water but they brought us buckets of hot water which was fine. Other rooms were interesting, though not quite as much. One was very high and had good views. There are many rooms lower down in the castle also, all or most with private bathrooms. Don't expect super luxury here (or a high price)-- it's more about the atmosphere and authenticity. The castle is not all spruced up for tourists, and was really fun to explore. The owner, Mr Maheshwar Singh, spent evenings with us around a fire and told us about the castle and its history. The food was excellent and very plentiful, and pretty much to order. There are many interesting towns around with beautiful havelis, though once of the best (Golden Haveli) was right there in Mahansar. We only visited other havelis in Nawalgarh and Fatehpur, but even that took an entire day by hired car. If you want to see much more of Shekhawati, plan accordingly. The castle is also a great place to relax, so quiet and they will put out a table and chairs or mattresses on the rooftop for comfort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thakur Nahar Singh laid the foundation of Narayan Niwas Castle at Mehansar in 1768. Family has lived in the castle for centuries and now have opened its gates to the honored guests. Hotel Narayan Niwas Castle also popularly known as Mehansar castle is situated amongst the midst of semi desert and rural surroundings. Hotel Narayan Niwas Castle is free from all sorts of pollutions commercial or natural. And it is the most authentic castle of the area where no new building has being made during the renovation. Castle is becoming popular among the writers, fashion photographers and art lovers. Mehansar itself has several frescoed temples, havelis, cenotaphs and wells. ... more less
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