I’ll admit, sometimes when I’m invited to stay in a beautiful hotel in a far-flung country, I spend most of my time there itching to get out and explore the surroundings. Resorts and hotels can often be devoid of history and local culture, but that certainly wasn’t the case here at Rambagh Palace. Even with The Pink City on our doorstep, I could have happily spent days wandering the corridors here and learning the history behind it all. Being able to actually stay somewhere like this is such a privilege.
The palace is the former residence of the Marahaja of Jaipur. Built in 1835, it’s seen various royal uses over the years, but opened it’s doors to guests as a hotel in 1957, with the likes of Lord Mountbatten and Jackie Kennedy staying in it’s opulent suites.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I checked into my room. It transported me back in time, and teamed with the impeccable service, I truly felt like a royal myself.
Our time here was spent enjoying high tea on the lawn (a mixture of Indian and traditional treats) with the resident peacocks strutting around beside us. We feast on curry in the most grand setting (their Suvarna Mahal restaurant photographed below is the stuff of dreams!) and went for rides in the hotel’s vintage cars. I was absolutely in my element.
It couldn’t have been a more perfect base for exploring Jaipur – more from The Pink City in my next post!