Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Within this most glorious of palaces showcasing the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage, you also experience the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur.
The Oberoi Rajvilas, a luxury resort set in a breathtaking thirty two acre oasis of beautiful landscaped gardens, filled with beautiful trees and exotic birdlife. Built around an 18th century Shiva temple where guests can experience chanting with a Hindu priest, meditation and morning yoga, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur is a haven of mystical peace and natural serenity. Throughout the luxury resort, traditional techniques have been used to replicate the famous pink lime plaster walls of the historic city. Also adorned with Mughal arches, gold leaf frescoes, high domed ceilings and magnificent crystal chandeliers, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur epitomises traditional Rajasthani charm and Oberoi five star luxury. Guests looking for a luxury dining restaurant in Jaipur can choose between their all day international fine dining space or seasonal Indian speciality restaurant. Both offer indoor seating, al fresco dining and live, traditional folk music to accompany the dining experience. Their comfortable library bar is a wonderful setting to enjoy an aperitif, a nightcap, a game of chess or an interactive history session.
One of the oldest and most treasured palaces in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this exquisite royal palace is located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. An enclosed oasis, secluded in verdant gardens, Rajmahal Palace is the repository of a celebrated history. Tall bay windows, mirrored doors and meticulously appointed interiors allow guests to be transported to a new era of 21st century regal living. In 1821, Rajmahal became the official residence of the British Resident Political Officer of Rajputana and in 1958 His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur – the celebrated and dashing ‘Jai’ – chose it as his personal private residence. Over the decades this remarkable Palace has hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, as well as several other members of the British Royal Family, and eminent international celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, and the Shah of Iran. Following a carefully orchestrated restoration by the prodigious designer Adil Ahmad, this palace continues to embody the heritage of its past, maintaining the original, stunning marble staircase, elaborate chandeliers, and treasured family possessions.
Built in 1745, the Taj Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Taj Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Painstakingly restored and refurbished, it is now a luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts. The 94 rooms and six suites offer you unbeatable views of the city and palace gardens. While the palace hotel gives you a taste of the best of Rajasthani heritage and culture, you also savour the best flavours in the city at their two specialty restaurants and a selection of bars.
Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion set in a verdant garden with apartments arranged around a series of intimate courtyards. Built 175 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, it is still occupied by their descendants, who have converted their home into a luxury hotel. The Haveli is a quintessential Indo-Saracenic regal residence. The former royal apartments are now deluxe rooms and suites, each having a distinctive character which reflects the rich history and culture of Samode. They retain the luxuriousness of the past while at the same time offering guests modern amenities. The private courtyards and balconies of the rooms still look out upon the charming pools, fountain courts and gardens of the old Haveli.
Located en route to the famous Amber Fort, this luxury hotel offers stunning views of the Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal. These vistas are best admired from the hotel's 132 rooms and suites. Tastefully appointed, the rooms are well-lit and airy and offer all the modern amenities. An intimate 'jharokha' window, at the end of each room is perfect to take in the panoramic views of the lake or the landscaped gardens, with the Aravalli range forming a dramatic backdrop. Rajasthan is not only famous for its majestic forts and lakes but is also home to one of the most vibrant cuisines. Their in-house restaurants serve a wide range of local delicacies, pan-Indian and International cuisines, guaranteed to satisfy discerning palates.
Set amidst the Aravalli hills and surrounded by palaces, JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa offers first-class service, premier accommodations and deluxe amenities. The resort pays homage to majestic Rajasthan with intricate Jaali and Tikri work, stunning traditional architecture and modern elements. Select from eight distinct guest room experiences, including suites, family rooms and accommodations with private plunge pools. The resort offers varied dining options, featuring International, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, rooftop dining and 24-hour, in-room dining.
Jobner Bagh was once part of the Maharaja of Jobner’s gardens. Located in the center of Jaipur, 47 Jobner Bagh stays true to the history of the area by cultivating and maintaining a beautiful and historic garden. In front of the hotel are the original walls of the gardens and from the terrace a view of the Aravali hills with its Tiger Fort and Ganesh Temple, a very important temple for the Hindu religion. Rooms are simply designed to provide uncomplicated luxury. They feel traditional and calming, with all of the amenities you need while travelling. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, room service and laundry services. For guests convenience, their staff is trained to provide assistance in English, Italian, French and Spanish.
On the outskirts of Jaipur, close to its ancient capital Amber, is " Khas Bagh " a farm retreat tucked away in the Aravali hills. A stone's throw from the 12th century Amer Fort, Khas Bagh is built on the lines of a medieval style haveli with open courtyards, verandahs with arches and intricately carved stone pillars and jaalis, all hand craft by local craftsmen. Eighteen luxuriously appointed rooms with antique furniture, a pool and a polo lounge with black and white family photographs all add to providing an authentic bespoke Rajput stately home-stay experience. A family run property, the owners love for all things horsy is evident as soon as you drive in. The stables and the paddocks with horses create the backdrop for an authentic country holiday. Here the pace is unhurried, you can lounge by the pool, or find a quite space in the courtyard or the garden to read, reflect or just daydream. The home-stay is managed by Ransher Singh a polo player and his father Colonel N S Rathore retired from the elite para commando regiment of the Indian Army.
Dera Mandawa has been an inseparable part of Jaipur's history and culture for centuries. Established in circa 1885 by Thakur Jait Singh Ji of Mandawa, it was built for his stay when he came to attend court of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Today a boutique heritage hotel run by his great grandson, Thakur Durga Singh ji and the Mandawa family, it is a tranquil escape into living the way chieftains of yesteryears did. Dera Mandawa is a confluence of influences. Here every suite is unique and a very personal ode to the many nuances of the Rajasthani culture. Adorned with Rajasthani jharokhas (awnings) and arches mixed with British inspired doorframes, the suites come with leisurely luxuries like reading corners, traditional swings and colonial armchairs.
Built in the 18th century by His Highness, Madho Singh ji of Jaipur, The Royal Heritage Haveli opens its doors after 150 years as a boutique hotel. Now owned by Maharaj Jai Singh of Jaipur, the Royal Heritage Haveli is run by his niece Angelique and her husband Pradip. Known for their warm hospitality, Angelique and Pradip give each guest a personalised and truthful taste of the bygone era of the Maharaja’s way of life. An ethereal destination , the Royal Heritage Haveli is complete with rambling lawns, serene courtyards, plush interiors and stately living areas. Only fourteen suites and one apartment are in service as the hotel is dedicated to providing a quiet and tranquil haven of space and luxury to the discerning few. The eighteen suites and one apartment are impeccably planned to hold natural light in, as the rays of the sun filter through elegant arched doorways. Frescoes are painted on the walls in perfect harmony with the colors of each suite, while modern amenities subtly peak through lavish silk and velvet upholstery on traditional furniture handpicked by Angelique.