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Narayan Niwas Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mahansar
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 March 2014

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.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Narayan Niwas castle is located at Mehansar, Churu district of Rajasthan; we arrived in the late evening and were greeted outside the gates by extremely helpful and friendly staff. After a short check-in we were shown to our rooms. The large rustic rooms have arched pillars and authentic and intricate paintings on the walls. Each room is unique and located in a different part of the castle. A new-comer could easily get lost in the long hallways, lost doors and steep stairways of the castle but this is all part of the charm.

While we were there, the owner happened to be out of town for a family funeral. Even so, he checked in with us by phone on several occasions just to make sure that we were being well taken care of. We were indeed very well cared for by his nephew (Rajesh Sharma) and a wonderful, friendly and hard working staff.

Our time at Narayan Niwas could not have been more amazing. We had camel cart rides through the desert dunes, a wonderful picnic by an ancient lake and walks through the charming village of Mahansar. Rajesh Sharma who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable arranged an outstanding tour of the surrounding area. Did I mention the food? Each meal was a taste treat -exceptional!

If you’re looking for 5 star comforts, this is not the place for you, but if you want friendly, welcoming, first class hospitality and unbelievable old world charm in an extremely relaxed atmosphere then this is it! It’s like living in a piece of history.

My only regret is that we only had 3 days here. I could have stayed for a month.
Thank you, Narayan Niwas!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Sadly, we had only 3 nights in the splendid, historic and original castle in Manansar. The castle was fun to explore, the original paintings exquisite and very photogenic and the stories shared by the owner, Thakur Maheswar Singh, were interesting and inspiring. Our room(s) were like living in the spacious quarters of the harem, with courtyards divided by archways, lovely alcoves on the sides and a bedroom both spacious and comfortable. And, we had the room with the hot water! Our food was specially prepared to our tastes and was varied and excellent, there was beer on hand if wanted. The small village of Mahansar has a number of beautiful havelis to visit and is an easy small place to have a good walkabout.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

I stayed for five nights at this hotel. I had the suite, the most wonderfull room I ever had anywhere. The room and the castle are authentic, with lost of charme. The food was delicious, every meal different. And the host and the staff are very welcoming and hospitable.

A #1 experience!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

In September,2013 ,we visited Narayan Niwas castle on weekend. The castle is in remote area but Thakur Mahesh dass helped as telephonically to locate the place.Its an excellent place to know royal roots of the owner who once was in corporate sector,but decided to return to his roots.Mrs Thakur was an exceptional host. Food is really nice.They have maintained the property in its original form.Must visit place with good hospitality and food.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

This hotel is first and foremost a family home, albeit one in an ancient castle! My stay here was short but good in every way. The location is ideal, it is easy to walk around Mahansar from here and it is nice and quiet in the evenings. The rooms are exceptional examples of Shekhawati decoration and are cultural monuments in their own right. The food is good and you are well looked after - a great place to stay!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We was 6 friends who came to celebrate my and my husband's birthdays at Niwas Castle in 2013 and this place just AWESOME! Beautiful king size rooms, super delicious food, great roof tops for the evening relaxation under the starry skies and warm hospitality from the host and his wife. They allowed us to use their kitchen as we wanted to make mulled wine for the birthday celebration. I can speak only positive about each and everything at this place. If you wanna stay like Maharaja do stay at Narayan Niwas Castle!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: P O Mahansar | District Jhunjhunu, Mahansar 331030, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jhunjhunu District > Mahansar
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mahansar
Price Range: £17 - £23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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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