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To appreciate the Rambagh Palace* it’s important to know a little bit of history.
The palace is a living legend in the pink city of Jaipur and has been the home of Rajasthan’s Royalty until 1957. In the early, days it was home to Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II but it is his grandson, prince Sawai Man Singh II, who made it into the majestic palace that it is today and why it became the permanent residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1925. In 1972 Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took ownership of the location and they have been growing it since then.
Having toured a bit of Jaipur for a day we drove into the majestic Rambagh Palace* in complete exhaustion and were greeted by a parade of the hotel staff, rose petals, and all sorts of traditional pleasantries that immediately uplifted our spirits. We stayed in the Palace Room with a garden view, a spacious bathroom, king-size bed, lovely window seat framed by historic curtains, and wood detailing. The hotel grounds are impeccably clean and filled with Rajasthani history. The building features a stunning courtyard garden and is surrounded by a widespread of lawns and 47 acres of a green oasis. As you wander through the palace grounds you’ll come across neatly laid out marigold flower patterns, strolling peacocks, and traditionally dress staff greeting you with a polite smile.
The Indian specialty restaurant, Suvarna Mahal, and the Verandah Café are in the back of the building looking out on the wide-open field framed by the doorway arches. In the morning it’s nice to sit outside on a soft couch sipping tea and reading in the heat of the Indian sun. The restaurant is a place of luxury and may require reservations but since we don’t eat on the local schedule (they prefer to have dinner much later) we were the only ones at the restaurant, slightly overwhelmed by the service and attention.
On the way to the pool, you’ll pass a steam train, permanently parked it is now a bar lounge. The Steam offers a fine selection of liquors, wine, snacks, and wood-fired Italian pizza. The spa and pool area are surrounded by a wall of trees creating a private space for reflection and wellness. There are indoor and outdoor pools, both impeccably kept, a full-service Jiva Grande Spa, and an outdoor yoga room. With the little time that we had, we tried to take advantage of everything and the couple hours I got to spend by the pool listening to birds chirp are the hours I will definitely treasure for some time.
If I ever felt like a princess it is here in the Rambagh Palace*, a place I would certainly like to return to for an extended visit.
Address: Jaipur Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur 302005, Rajasthan India
I only had an iPhone with me so the photos are a little messy but enough to show the beauty of the location. To see the India trip on Instagram look up xoIndia18.