Nandan Mahal

The Mardana rooms are built around a spacious garden court ringed on three sides by spectacular arcade halls. These had never been completed and large rocks had to be hand-chiselled to create linear living spaces. The thick walls were pierced to make balconies with views of the countryside. Each room has two or three square rooms linked with wide arches and the facilities are discreetly tucked within.

This suite at two levels represents the blue phase of painter Nandan Ghiya of Jaipur whose creativity took him to deconstruct archival photographs of his father’s collection and to the creation of diagonal blue floors which run up the wall and into the bathroom. His Mahal has one balcony opening onto the sunset.