Rajasthan being continuously fraught with extremes of nature and warfare, much because of droughts and clan rivalry, is home to a great number of heritage properties. The rulers often commissioned their greatest architectural monuments – forts, palaces, temples and stepwells and grand reservoirs – to ensure employment and water for their people. To truly experience the rich heritage of Rajasthan, one should stay at the heritage hotels of Jaipur, a select group of palaces, forts, havelis and colonial bungalows that have been imaginatively converted into wonderful hotels, retaining their age old flavor and charm. The residents of heritage hotels are ensured a privileged experience of the diverse cuisines, festivals and culture. These majestic heritage properties are highly popular among filmmakers, photographers, writers, adventurers and travelers.
Out of the numerous heritage hotels of Jaipur, we have listed here a few of our favourites:
The meticulously restored Samode Haveli with its unique atmosphere of the contemporary and the historic, gives the guests the pleasure of relaxation. With individually designed rooms and suites, adorning genuine antiques and fixtures, old family portraits, it offers one an experience of personalized service. The presence of the state-of-the-art room ameneties, further enhances the ambience and the experience. A spectacular hand painted dining hall is one of its unique features.
Alisar Haveli, an aesthetically restored example of traditional Rajasthani architecture lies tucked away in the heart of Pink City. Once used for get-togethers by the menfolk of the house, a rambling courtyard dominates its front façade. At present, this courtyard is open for guests to witness performances of local folk dancers and puppeteers while enjoying their meals and drinks.
The spectacular Sheesh Mahal, a princely dining area with gold leaf inlay and exquisite chandeliers is opulent in décor and intricate mirror work. It’s set off by well manicured lawns that create an ambience of luxury and pure decadence.
Location: Sansar Chandra Road
Built in 1896 in the Jaipur style of architecture with numerous pillars and arches, Hotel Mandawa Haveli was originally conceived as a town house for the family on their visits to the capital from their country home in Mandawa in the Shekhawati region of Jhunjunu. Now run as a hotel, it offers quality accommodation while retaining much of its original features and charm. Colonial furniture, several lawns and terraces to lounge around in, a quaint swimming pool, a beautiful dining room overlooking one of the terraces, an Indian restaurant with outdoor seating, all make for an interesting stay. Its location in the heart of the city makes it an ideal base from where once can explore the historic city of Jaipur.
Location: Sansar Chandra Road
ROYAL HERITAGE HAVELI
Built in the 18th century by His Highness, Madho Singhji of Jaipur, The Royal Heritage Haveli, is a destination that luxury itself has chosen. Owned and managed by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, the Royal Heritage Hotel is a property that lingers lazily over 100,000 square feet, complete with rambling lawns, serene courtyards, plush interiors and stately living areas. With 14 suites in service, the hotel is dedicated to provide a quiet and tranquil haven of space and luxury to the discerning few. One can enjoy a vacation here from the mundane with the exceptional hospitality perfected over generations.
In the heart of the city and at the foothills of the majestic tiger fort lies Bissau Palace- an oasis of calm and comfort. Done up elegantly with traditional Rajasthani and Victorian furniture, it is the first amongst the heritage hotels to begin operations in the late 60s. There are fine areas for dining including the pool side coffee shop and the rooftop Chandni bar and restaurant. The Bissau truly offers an experience of dwelling in the past where royalty was a way of life!
Location: Near Chandpole
NAILA BAGH PALACE
Built in the 1860s by the ex Prime Minister of Jaipur – Late Thakur Fateh Singh Ji of Naila, this is one of the oldest heritage properties of Jaipur. The palace is surrounded with sprawling gardens and open spaces on all sides; the large front courtyard provides ample seating space for the visitors along with providing a calm and serene ambience.
The Mahal with its beautiful and bright chandeliers, original frescos, colonial furniture, and a heritage of family history on display instantly transports you to the erstwhile royal Jaipur.
Location: Moti Doongri Road
NARAIN NIWAS PALACE
Centrally located and designed in traditional Rajput style, the Narain Niwas is surrounded by sprawling landscaped gardens and orchards. The woods provide a safe haven to several species of birds including peacocks. The large rooms have well maintained furniture, carpets, paintings and other objects d’art
Location: Narain Singh Road
RAJ MAHAL PALACE
This was not merely an opulent dwelling of the rich maharajas, but served as a nerve centre of activities having great bearing on the history of Jaipur for two and a half centuries. It was converted into the official residence of the Resident Political Officer of the Agent Geneal for Rajputana in 1821. The Palace was visited by many world celebrities including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
After the royal family moved out to live in other places, it was initially converted into a deluxe hotel and is now classified as a heritage hotel.
Location: Sardar Patel Marg, C-Scheme
So if you’re a tourist coming to Jaipur for a weekend getaway or if you’re a localite looking for a place to make your friends/relatives from abroad stay, you know exactly where to head. We hope you enjoy your royal stay in these majestic heritage hotels of Jaipur.