The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
THE RAMBAGH PALACE WAS VOTED 'BEST HOTEL IN THE WORLD' IN 2009 BY READERS OF THE CONDE NASTE TRAVELLER MAGAZINE
For nearly two centuries, the Rambagh Palace has been home to generations of royals. Built in 1835 on a modest scale for the queen’s favourite handmaiden Kesar Badaran, it was later refurbished as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge. In 1925, the Rambagh was converted into a palace, and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
The ‘Jewel of Jaipur’ as it is fondly called, remained the home of the Jaipur royal family until 1957, when it was first converted into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. But it wasn’t until 1972 that Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over the reins. It is now the ‘jewel in the crown’ among the authentic palaces of India.
In the finest tradition of Rajput hospitality, the Rambagh Palace offers its guests a taste of royal living – a luxury and extravagance that was once the sole preserve of kings. Its elegantly appointed rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens echo with history, and every corner has a story to tell.
Rambagh Palace offers 79 rooms including aesthetically restored suites, which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. Use of rich fabrics and silk drapes draw from the colourful art and warm hues of the state of Rajasthan
The Palace Rooms (on which the World Discovery prices are based) offer a four-poster bed, walk-in wardrobes, and a spacious bathroom. Every room is equipped with large plasma TV, an in-room safe, a tea/coffee maker and a minibar.
The glamour of the princely equestrian sport is masterfully captured in every little detail at the legendary Polo Bar. Adorned with trophies and polo memorabilia, the bar serves up signature cocktails inspired by the royal sport. Guests can take their pick from a fine selection of single malts, wines and liqueurs.
This unusual lounge bar is set in a converted Steam Train. Its atmosphere is intimate and relaxed with low-slung couches.
The palace's grand dining hall, offering an exotic array of dishes accompanied by the lilting melody of classical music. High ceilings, gilded mirrors and Florentine frescoes provide the perfect ambience for an evening of fine dining.
THE RAJPUT ROOM
The Rajput Room is the palace's informal all-day dining restaurant overlooking the front lawns. Its refreshing indoor-outdoor ambience makes it an ideal venue for breakfast and light meals – complemented by a fine selection of French press coffees, and freshly infused teas.
An alfresco dining option with panoramic views of the gardens and fountains. Guests can savour traditional afternoon tea with champagne, pre-dinner cocktails, light meals throughout the day or simply sit back and read their favorite book.
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