Built in 1835, Rambagh Palace, Jaipur has witnessed several change-of-hands—right from being the queen’s favourite maiden’s home or being the royal guest house to a hunting lodge, and finally to being home to Maharani Gayatri Devi. Throughout these transitions, this five-star hotel, now managed by Taj, has only grown in its royal splendour. Here are some of the exclusive experiences that you will have at the palace, making you feel like a true royal. Submit to its opulent style, superior comforts and impeccable service.
Arrive like a Royal
You will be picked up in a vintage car and driven all the way to the hotel. Upon arrival, you will be ushered in by colourfully dressed men riding on decorated horses, camels or elephants. And soon amid showers of rose petals, you will enter the hotel feeling like a king or queen. Several guests describe this feeling as surreal.
Stay like a Royal
Spreading across 47 acres, Rambagh Palace is home to 78 lavishly decorated rooms, and staying in one of these is an experience in itself. For instance, the Peacock Suite beautifully evokes the feel of rain on parched earth with its colours and elegance. It opens to splendid views of the Sunken Lawn where you can spend hours gazing verdant greens and the Mughal Terrace. While the Badal Mahal on the top floor gives you a fascinating 360-degree view of the Palace, what takes the cake is its huge ‘diwan’ sofa placed cosily in the living room, close to the large open windows, from where you can admire the colourful flowers and birds in the garden. Each room here has a different story to tell, so choose the story you would best want to be part of.
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An Evening with Peacocks
Another experience worth having is high tea or pre-dinner cocktails at their Verandah café. Set on the lawns, this cafe offers some lip-smacking snacks and beverages. Don’t be surprised if peacocks come strolling by—they are a regular feature. The evenings give way to some fascinating performances by the local artists. At times, they may be accompanied by local Rajasthani ladies who happily put mehendi for you or help you choose from different types of local dupattas.
Dine like a Royal
Opt for an astounding private dining experience on the lawns, where you will be surrounded by twinkling fairy lights below the starry skies, as Rajasthani musicians serenade you with local folklore. Or head for the Suvarna Mahal, which was once the dining room of the Maharaja and can seat about 100 people. With high ceilings and glided mirrors, this restaurant exhibits rich grandeur of the bygone era. They serve traditional fare from four corners of India and guests can’t stop raving about its marvellous taste and flavours. People visiting Jaipur definitely has Suvarna in their must-to-do list.
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Private Heritage Walk
You are given a free tour of the palace by the personal butlers, who will keep you enthralled with stories and anecdotes of the Maharajas. Learn how one of the most expensive weddings took place in the palace or walk through the gardens where the Maharajas once played Holi. You also get to visit the 130-year old Observatory housed within the palace and also know about the palace’s Indo-Saracenic architecture.
SRC Museum of Indology
In case you wish to know more about history, pay a visit to SRC Museum of Indology, which is just 2.5 km from the hotel. It has a huge private collection of rare folk-art objects, which includes a swing from Bikaner that is 200 years old and has mirror-work on it, a glass bed built for a queen, and most fascinating of all, a manuscript penned down by Aurangzeb himself. Constructed in 1960, the museum has numerous collections of paintings and sculptures too that will hold anyone’s interest.
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