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. The property 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. The Prince is also a reason for it becoming a permanent residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1925. In 1972 Taj Hotels took ownership of the location and they have been growing it since then. So it is no wonder that Rambagh Palace offers a royal experience for those visiting Jaipur.

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Having toured a bit of Jaipur for a day we drove into the majestic Rambagh Palace* in complete exhaustion. Upon exiting the car we were greeted by a parade of the hotel staff. They tossed rose petals in the air and offered all sorts of traditional pleasantries that immediately uplifted our spirits.

We stayed in the Palace Room. This suite has a garden view, a spacious bathroom, a king-size bed, and a great window seat framed by heavy curtains and wood detailing. The hotel grounds are impeccably clean and filled with Rajasthani history. The building is structured around a rectangular courtyard garden. From the outside, it is surrounded by 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. Both restaurants are looking out on the wide-open field framed by an arched doorway. 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 pizzas. 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. I chose to spend my last hours as a guest of the Palace by the pool, listening to birds chirp.

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.

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