This week I am highlighting one of my favorite accommodations in Jaipur. The Dera Mandawa is an all-suite heritage property with traditional Rajasthani charm. Located outside the Chandpole gate, the haveli preserves the traditional and environmentally conscious living of its ancestors. Dera Mandawa was built by Thakur Jait Singhji of Mandawa for when he visited Jaipur to attend the court of the Maharaja. Over the years it was further developed by his sons and grandsons. The current custodian of the property, Thakur Durga Singh, is a keen observer of history, culture, religion, and current affairs. He is what one could call a modern traditionalist, actively seeking the use of modern technology and methods to support the principles of traditional living. The inquisitive can have endless conversations with him on a number of his projects like rainwater harvesting, solar heating and healthy cooking. He is more than delighted to share his experiences with you.
Dera Mandawa has seen an architectural evolution over the years, as the Mandawa family added new wings, rooms and arches. The eight suites are very spacious and include a foyer, study and bedroom. The bathrooms are equally comfortable with modern amenities merged with the traditional aesthetics.
The garden area hosts music and dance performances, henna sessions and kite-flying. Guests can also enjoy the tranquility from the verandas, courtyards and gardens. What I love best about Dera Mandawa is the warmth of the hosts. I highly recommend a private cooking demonstration with Mr. Singh and his lovely wife. They do a beautiful job at showcasing the heritage of both Jaipur and the property. A hotel can be a place to rest or an essential part of the Indian experience, and Dera Mandawa seamlessly incorporates both elements to create lasting memories for travelers.