If you want a glimpse of Rajasthan's art, history, and culture, it is said that the Shekhawati region is where one must go. And so, in mid-January, I began my search for a property where I could bask in luxury and at the same time, experience the real flavors of Rajasthan. That's when I came across 'The Mandawa Kothi' - a 200-year-old boutique haveli, famous for its grand architecture, hospitality, and authentic Rajasthani delicacies. This magnificent property was listed as a part of Mindful Retreats, which is Tripoto's latest travel offering that promotes immersive experiences in lesser-visited destinations of India.
You can also opt to be a part of this incredible journey and experience the best of a luxury stay along with fun-filled activities that'll make your next getaway a memorable affair.
So how did I pay only Rs 50 to experience a weekend brimming with luxury?
Not a lot of people know this, but if you are a part of Tripoto Family -- Tripoto's exclusive mentorship program for travel content creators, you earn credits or Tripoto's travel currency which you can redeem on their travel packages, Mindful Retreats and their fantastic Online Experiences.
I have been a part of Tripoto Family for over 1 year now and I earned credits for every single post I created! When I saw that I had collected a significant amount of credits, I used 1200 of my credits to book their Mindful Retreat.
And voila, for a trip that would have cost me Rs 3799, I only ended up paying Rs 50!
Here's what my tryst with royal Rajasthan was like:
I was traveling to Rajasthan from Ahmedabad and had booked my retreat for 15th and 16th of January, 2022. This was also the time when COVID in India was on the rise, so I was informed that I was the only guest in the haveli due to the restrictions & lockdowns in the state. I won't deny that I was slightly worried, since this was also going to be my first solo trip, however, with the support of the Tripoto in-house members and later, talking to the host of Mandawa Kothi, I felt safe enough to take the trip.
After a 17-hours long journey from Ahmedabad to Mandawa, as the doors of Kothi opened, I was mesmerized by the serene, aesthetic views of this heritage property. As soon as I reached, the host, Anurag, welcomed me.
The staff's hospitality made me feel right at home and I was relieved after my arduous journey. Anurag accompanied me during my breakfast, all while narrating tales of different movies and how they were shot in Mandawa. The cherry on top of the entire experience was the fact that I had the haveli all to myself! I truly felt like a queen!
Riveting experiences I had at the Mindful Retreat
1. Going on a guided, heritage walk through Mandawa
After lunch, I was joined by a couple for a guided heritage tour with @IndianGypsies. I was just enthralled with the beauty of the place and the history that has been painted on the walls of Mandawa. The natural beauty of the place was enhanced by the perfect guide who took us back in time and gave us a deep insight into Mandawa's journey through centuries.