Jaipur, the city with a moniker “pink city”, has a lot to offer to the travellers. One of them is experiential stays. It has several hotels that take you to a different era, the era of royals. That was the time when the rulers and their ministers, who were also connoisseurs of art, created some magnificent edifices. These charming and intricately designed and decorated buildings were the hallmark of their culture and lifestyle. There are quite a few hotels which let you take immersion in the life of the erstwhile royals. On our list is also a resort that can take you close to the nature of Rajasthan but with style and luxury.
Rambagh Palace by Taj
The exquisite Rambagh Palace has been the former residence of Jaipur’s royal family. Now the palace has been turned into a hotel and is managed by the Taj group. Undoubtedly, the palace is one of the finest heritage hotels in the Rajasthan. With a couple of swimming pools, five restaurants, and Mughal style lawns covering the entire estate, this property is well-equipped for an enjoyable stay.
Location: Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302005
Call: 0141 2385700
Sujan Rajmahal Palace
Although Sujan Rajmahal palace is a new addition to the heritage hotels of Jaipur, the estate itself dates back 250 years. Initially, this place has served as a pleasure garden, then it was turned into British residency before it fell back again in the hands of the royals. The palace was renovated in the year 1930 with impressive art decors. This edifice in its latest avatar has both classical and contemporary design traits. We should add here that this palace has garnered a lot of media attention lately.
Location: Sardar Patel Marg, Shivaji Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
Call: 011 46172700
Served as the townhouse for the royal Samode family, this exotic mansion holds the same cultural richness from 175 years ago. The haveli is partially converted into a luxury heritage hotel, as the successors of the Samode family still live in a part of the haveli. The beautiful mirror carvings in the Sheeshmahal suit, mesmerizing courtyards, hand-painted sculptures and wall paintings in the dining room will take you back to the plush lifestyle of the past.
Location: Jorawar Singh Gate, Gangapole Road Near, Gangapole, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Call: 0141 2632407
Jai Mahal Palace
A palace with Indo-Saracenic architecture, which sits amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Mughal Gardens, was built in 1745. It has been home to the families of three prime ministers of the royal state of Jaipur. We are talking about Jai Mahal Palace. Today it is managed by the Taj Group and has about ninety four rooms and six suites.
Location: Jacob Rd, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006
Call: 0141 2223636
Samode was once a large town, today it is a nondescript village some 40 km from Jaipur. The landlords of Samode had built this palace. This 475 years old structure today is a 4-star hotel and offers a luxurious heritage stay. Its architecture is an amalgamation of Indian and Mughal styles. Add to this the vintage furniture and decor which royal touch to the heritage experience. The infinity pool of the property overlooks the serene hills of the Aravallis.
Location: Village Samode, Tehsil Chomu, Jaipur, Rajasthan 303806
Call: 01423 240014
Shiv Vilas is a delicacy to the sight of a holidaymaker. Although the enormous hotel does not hold any royal past, it’s marvelous heritage architecture is what brought it to our list. The craftsmanship visible in each carving of the resort will leave an imprint in your mind. Keeping the authentic values of a royal palace, the palace also offers you all the comfort of the modern day lifestyle with an infinity pool, fitness center, spa, and multiple restaurants and bars.
Location: Jaipur Delhi Highway, Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan 303101
Call: 0141 2531100
the last one to make it to our list is Oberoi Rajvillas. Again, built in recent years, the building does not hold a royal past but the stunning architecture will give you the perfect experience of the life of an aristocrat Rajput. With 32 acres of splendid gardens that have flowers following you everywhere, the Rajvillas completely stands on the standards of Oberoi.
Location: Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Rd, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031
Call: 0141 2680101
Treehouse life and spa
Sitting on a bed of 7 acres of ground, this resort is just in the outskirts of the city. No, the resort is not a heritage resort but holds all the traits of a perfect traditional Rajasthani village. The resort has its own farm where the guests are allowed to take a stroll and pick veggies if they like to. The suites are peculiarly built with calming colours, giving a sense of serene beauty. You may choose between the private pool villas or the private garden villas for your stay.
Location: Kacherwala, Kukas, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028
Call: +91 9015242000