Rass Mandal was originally designed & constructed by a direct descendant of the daughter of Emperor Akbar of India (1542 – 1605), sister to Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal.  The architecture of this historical adobe home in Santa Fe, NM is quite unique being a fusion of US southwestern construction materials and Asian design.

Please visit this link for an interactive tour of Rass Mandal:

 Virtual Tour of Rass Mandal

(use your arrow keys or mouse to navigate through the tour)

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The video below is an aerial view of the Rass Mandal complex.  From this vantage, you can see that the main residence is in a slightly U shape.  When Nyssia Wali envisioned the construction, it was her intention to make it represent a bird with the center room representing the main body of the bird and to either side representing the wings.  The building in the lower left is the screened-in yoga pavilion.  The small building to the right is the cabin with its own deck.

rass mandal swimming pool at night


Right from the front door of Rass Mandal, you can either hike or mountain bike the Ponderosa Ridge to Hidden Valley Road down to Wilderness Gate Road and right into town via Canyon Road or the Old Santa Fe Trail.  There are so many choices to enjoy – renewing both the body and spirit!  Additionally, if lucky on the walk, you may spot coyotes, mule deer and a variety of birds and birds of prey.


Fire Pit at Party


“I co-hosted a Yoga Retreat here and it was such a phenomenal experience. The house is magical, so beautiful and spiritual. The grounds are also amazing – you can walk out the front door and go for a hike, or out the back door to the pool, hot tub and sauna. The Yoga Pavilion was perfect for our morning practices, the evening was a bit too chilly (October) so we simply used the sacred space indoors. Richard could not have been a better host. He was always just a text away throughout our stay, and when we interacted with him in person his kind spirit shined through. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.”  Elisia, Washington

An enchanting and serene abode of beauty, peace and harmony in which resides a many splendor nectar of spiritual awakening, presently lying dormant and seeking to arouse in man an awe inspiring many dimensional awakening, out of his present illusory existence, into an all encompassing divinity.  May God’s choicest blessings be showered on the owners, Richard and his family, and all his future residential guests, and may God arouse in them a tingle of serious and divine inquisitiveness.
Major General N C Khanna ( retired )
New Delhi, India

“The dot com’ers, the “one percenters”, the Nouveau Riche, simply can not compete with the great families who transmit the best of society across generations…Rass Mandal, as with all great mansions of the patrician, gentry, and nobility classes is a media with a message that transmits cultural epitomes that are universal. Petite Trianon in scope and perhaps even purpose one can not help but be transformed. If one is both lucky and ready, the transformation will be permanent.

From the hollow core silverware in the chest of fine tableware, to intricate carved wood, rose marble floors throughout, one is in the presence of master exotic craftsmen both Indian and American Southwest.

In keeping with the Eastern origins of this estate, balance is literally demanded of all who enter…numerous sets of stairs with irregular pitches indoors and outside rarely have handrails and need care for each step…all the more to live in every second of experience of this marvelous world.

As one of our party put it, “It is difficult to remember we are in America” since the scene is so exotic and authentic.”  Fritz K., California

Thank you for visiting our  website!  For more information regarding availability to stay at Rass Mandal and rent the entire residence, please visit the HomeAway reservations website (listed to the right).


7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Pamela Serna-Yoga
    Native of Santa Fe, Founder of Santa Fe Yoga Festival and lover of life. I am happy to guide you through a rooted yoga flow here in City of Holy Faith.
    OM Shanti om

  2. My name is Brenda Steele, and I work internationally as a personal chef, based out of the Taos, New Mexico area. I had the absolutely pleasure of working at Rass Mandal this past week…
    Rass Mandal is not just a beautiful property, it is a profound experience unique unto itself… From the moment you step foot on the grounds, you can sense the deep love and passion that cultivated every nook and cranny in the property…
    I would be thrilled to continue to provide private chef services at this property in the future. For details in pricing, menus, and a catalog of images:
    Chef Brenda Steele

  3. Keisha Wixom offers well-rounded yoga classes for the body, mind, and spirit. Each carefully constructed class weaves together yoga history, philosophy, postural purpose and technique, with meditative methodology. Instruction is specifically tailored to accommodate each participant’s general health, specific injuries or conditions, age, strength, flexibility, and life circumstances.
    Private lessons and customized small group classes can be requested in the style of your choice; gentle, restorative, hatha, vinyasa, prenatal, or yoga nidra.

    Services Offered:
    Private one-on-one yoga lessons
    Customized small group classes
    Yoga Nidra
    Guided Meditation and Pranayama
    Thai Yoga Therapy

    Keisha Wixom
    Sattva Yoga

  4. Robbi Firestone, and Santa Fe Art Classes, offers private, public and corporate 2 hour painting classes for total beginners. On Location at Rass Mandal, or at her beautiful downtown studio (can host up to 35 guests) one mile from the Plaza, Robbi’s mission is to inspire beginners to unleash freedom through painting and creativity. In these 2 hours, you’ll leave with your own, unique mini-masteripiece! A licensed RScP, Robbi also offers 4 hour Vision Board/Journal workshops to enrich intimacy, deepening and connection to enrich your retreat. All supplies brought to you!

  5. Mark Oppenheimer – Private Chef
    Mark Oppenheimer is a Private Chef specializing in Ethnic/ Asian cuisine infused with New Mexico’s rich culinary traditions and fresh Farm to Table ingredients. He is a master of flavour and creates menus that are innovative yet simple that both meet and surpass his clients expectations.
    Give Chef Mark a call and create your own menu together.

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