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. Its architecture 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:
(use your arrow keys or mouse to navigate through the tour)
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.
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.
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).