Set against the rich desert landscape of Rajasthan, WelcomHeritage The Desert Resort, Mandawa brings together the local culture and rich history of the Shekhawati region with the unique charm of old-world hospitality. Designed to replicate local tribal clusters, the resort combines the aesthetic rural charm without compromising on luxury and comfort.
A pioneer in mud architecture, the Desert Resort brings together man and nature in a seamless balance. Spread across an expanse of over 100 acres, The Desert Resort also houses an oasis within its compound fed with recycled water, an in-house dairy and solar-heating.
WelcomHeritage The Desert Resort, Mandawa has won the Regional Tourism Award of Excellence for seven consecutive years. It has also been awarded the National Tourism Award of Excellence. Integrating the local communities’ traditions and culture with state-of-the-art modern amenities, The Resort has spearheaded sustainable tourism, offering an unforgettable experience to all visitors.
Swimming Pool - Whether you prefer to spend some quality time with your family over an afternoon swim or relax with a drink in your hand while watching the sunset over the dunes, our outdoor swimming pool provides the perfect setting.
Conference Room - Our commitment to provide the best hospitality reflects in the services we extend to our corporate clients as well. The Resort offers a fully-equipped conference room to meet your business requirements. We understand our client’s needs and organise the event, coordinating every detail in order to ensure a smooth professional experience.
Pet-friendly: We know your pets are a part of your family, thus, we encourage you to bring along your pets for a wholesome family holiday experience.
Additionally, free Wi-Fi is available in the common area for our guests’ convenience.
Learn about the local culture and crafts
Immerse yourself in the local culture by watching the women at work—making mandana patterns, leppai and local crafts and furnishings. You can also try your hand at the traditional art form of leppai along with the women at the resort
Visit the dairy and organic farm
The Desert Resort encourages sustainable living, leading by example. The resort houses a dairy farm within its premises, where the cows are milked every morning and evening, supplying fresh milk and milk products to our kitchen. Guests can visit the dairy farm upon request.
The in-house organic farm supplies all seasonal vegetables and pulses to the resort’s kitchen. Guests can visit the organic farm to understand the cultivation methods and traditional organic farming techniques that help maintain an ecological balance while simultaneously providing fresh, healthy produce.
Tea at the stables
The stables within the premises are home to Marwari horses. Spend a pleasant evening sipping tea, watching the stable hands groom and dress the horses against the shifting desert sand.
Camel rides and Camel Buggy rides
Take a ride through the resorts farm, through the fields, stables dairy & dunes
Horse riding and camel safaris can be organised for you to take in the sprawling expanse of the desert. You can also take a jeep safari over the dunes for a thrilling experience of the tricky terrain.
Bird watching at the Oasis
The oasis is fed by recycled water and attracts migratory birds and local animals. Situated within the resort’s compound, the oasis allows our guests to soak in the local terrain and habitat. It is also a perfect spot for bird watching. Some of the birds that can be spotted are Bulbul, Sparrow, Woodpecker, Hummingbird, Dove, Blue Jay, Ducks, Koyal, Owl, Spotted owlet, Parrot, Eagles, Kite, Lapwing, Brown Partridge, Black Partridge, Quail, Fand Grouse, Crow, Hoopoe, Peacocks, Myna, Thrush, Bat, Green Pigeon, Coucal, Indian Roller, White browed wagtail, brown rock chat, Black Drongo, Desert Wheatear among others.
Walking Trail: Soak in the natural beauty of the desert with our 2.5 km walking trail. Walk through the farms, oasis and dairy enroute.
show: Watch an enthralling performance of local puppet masters that skillfully narrate the folklore of Mandawa. We can also organise a brief workshop for our guests to learn the art of puppet-making, pottery and kite-making.
Outdoor games – Badminton and Cricket
Indoor games - Table tennis and Carom
Cycle (on request)
Restaurant - The dining room offering a wide spread cuisine, and is completely decorated by the village women employed at the resort with mirrors, shells and a beautiful red bead called “chirmi”. The kitchen also extends services for dinner at the dunes and the gardens.
Kalali - A quaint setup centered around a tree, with a panoramic view of the lawns, the bar, offers the perfect spot to kick back and relax with a drink after a thrilling day of excursions and activities.
Visit the neighbouring towns of Dundlod, Fatehpur, Nawalgarh, Mehansar and Parasrampura
The Shekhawati region is known as the “open air Art gallery” of India.
In the 18th century, prosperous merchant families whose trade activities in the region generated substantial wealth built lavish, palatial mansions (Havelis) as a display of their success. Today, it is these ancient and lavishly constructed Havelis and courtyards that attract visitors and tourist form across the globe. The walls and facades of these havelis are decorated with colourful depiction of the region’s folk tales, culture, history, social & religious themes. These towns have some of the most beautiful Havelis, chattris and water reservoirs of the region
Harsh ki Pahari Temple
The Harshnath Temple is an ancient temple built during the reign of Chahamana king Vigharaja II (971-998 CE) situated at a distance of 80 kms from Mandawa.
Talchappar Sanctuary: Home of the Blackbuck
This grassland expanse is home to the largest population of the endangered blackbuck antelope. Situated at a distance of 98.6 kms from Mandawa, this small but rich wildlife sanctuary is flushed with the myriad colours of migratory birds such as the Harriers, along with commonly sighted Imperial Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Short-toed Eagle, Sparrow Hawks, Skylarks, Crested Larks, Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis and Demoiselle Cranes.
Jeen Mata Mandir
Situated in the Sikar district in the midst of a dense forest, Jeen Mata Mandir is an ancient temple, constructed approximately 1200 years ago. This temple has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is dedicated to Shree Jeen Mataji (the Goddess of Power).
Salasar Balaji Mandir
Salasar Balaji Mandir, in Churu district lies at a distance of 64 kms from Mandawa and is a site of great religious importance for the locals. People from across the state and even beyond flock to this temple dedicated to the deity Hanuman. Locals believe offering their prayers at this spiritual site leads to their wishes being fulfilled.
Shakambari Mata Temple
Situated in Sakarai Dham, near Udaipurwati, Rajasthan, the Shakambari Mata Temple is the abode of two lion-riding, eight-armed goddesses—Brahmani and Rudrani. Shakambari Mata is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati and is referred to as “The Bearer of Greens” as she emerged before the rishis who meditated upon the Supreme Devi, with fruits, vegetables and cereals during a time of drought.
Khatu Shyam Ji Temple
Built in 1027 AD, the Khatu Shyam Ji Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Rajasthan. Located in Sikar district, the temple lies at a distance of 100 kms from Mandawa. The temple was built by the erstwhile ruler of Khatu village, Roopsingh Chauhan. According to legend, Khatu Shyam Ji is the incarnation of Barbarika, the son of Ghatotkacha, who committed the ultimate sacrifice of offering his head to Shri Krishna before the battle of Mahabharata.
Lohargal is located at a distance of about 10 kms from Udaipurwati town, situated in the valley of the Andalawal Mountain, 55 kms away from the hotel. Lohargal is a termination point of the Aravalis hills and is situated within close proximity of Sikar, Nawalgarh, and Jhunjhunu.
Fresco trails in Mandawa
The fresco trail in Mandawa leads through the town’s historic lanes, abounding with richly-painted havelis. Take a walk around town, marvel at the architectural magnificence and watch as tales of years gone by come alive on the walls of the Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli with its exceptional murals, Lakshminarayan Ladia Haveli, Mohanlal Saraf Haveli, and Chowkhani Haveli.
It is the only temple amidst the surrounding ruins that survived the onslaught of Aurangzeb and his army. Once known as Rajyapura and Paranagar in the ancient and medieval times, it has now been named after Shiva or Neelkantha.
WelcomHeritage The Desert Resort, Mandawa
Dist – Jhunjhunu 333704
Shekhawati, Rajasthan, India
How to reach Mandawa: This city of art can be reached through
By Road from Delhi/NCR - The distance is 251 kms via Dharuhera, Rewari, Narnaul, Chirawa, Jhunjhunu, Mandawa or Rewari, Mahendergarh, Satnali, loharu, Jhunjhunu, Mandawa
From Jaipur - The distance is 169 kms via Chomu, Sikar, Nawalgarh, Mukundgarh.
By Air: Jaipur airport is 160 kms.
By Rail: Jaipur railway station is 167 kms.