The opulent maximalist decor, courtesy of designer Adil Ahmad (original details include mirrored doors and ceilings, over-the-top chandeliers, an original marble staircase and the regal Art Deco–era swimming pool)
The "Pink City" of Jaipur is one of India's most captivating places
The spa is fit for a maharaja: massages are performed in rooms decked out with mirrored doors, richly detailed wallpaper, and classic paintings
What To Know
The over-the-top decor might not be for everyone
24-hour dining on the romantic Collonade, the palace's former veranda
Pets are not allowed
Parking on site
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Exquisitely restored royal family palace in Jaipur, with an Art Deco pool, lush gardens, and fairy-tale interiors
Originally conceived by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a private palace for his wife Chandra Kanwar Ranawati, this magnificent gem in the heart of Jaipur, the dreamy capital of Rajasthan, offers the chance to feel as if you're living in a fairy tale, at least for a few days. Acclaimed designer Adil Ahmad was tasked with coaxing the palace back to its original glory while infusing it with a modern sensibility, and the result is like a jewel box, gleaming with rich, gemlike colors and intricate textures. Marvel at original details like mirrored doors and ceilings, over-the-top chandeliers, an original marble staircase and a regal Art Deco–era swimming pool lined with lanterns and flanked by manicured gardens. As for the guestrooms, well, minimalism has no place here. Expect vibrant patterned wallpapers, traditional Indian artworks, crystal chandeliers, vases holding fresh flowers, and silk cushions bright as the saris you'll see throughout the country. Similarly, forget the pared-back Zen serenity spa trend. Here, guests are immersed in an environment fit for a maharaja, with massages performed in rooms decked out with mirrored doors, richly detailed wallpaper and classic paintings. Dining is another regal experience, whether you settle in for afternoon tea on the elegant veranda, take lunch in the 51 Shades of Pink dining room (inspired by a 1952 Vogue shoot by iconic photographer Norman Parkinson) or live it up at the Orient Occident, the grand dining room, which features gilded mirrors, soaring ceilings and original artworks.
In the Area
The state of Rajasthan epitomizes the India of collective fantasy, a land of palaces, forts and breathtaking landscapes, and the Pink City of Jaipur is indisputably the jewel in its crown. To gain an appreciation for both its history and its modern personality, head to the Birla Temple, a contemporary white marble marvel situated below the Moti Dungri Fort and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the goddess Lakshmi. Then check out the Hawa Mahal, a pink sandstone tower built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable the women of the royal household to watch the life of the city unseen by the public. The views of the city from the rooftop are sure to light up your Instagram feed. A fun way to traverse the city is on two wheels; sign up with local outfit Cyclin' Jaipur, leisurely tours that enable you to experience both the iconic sights and the vibrant street life of the city. Be sure to sample some of India's most delicious vegetarian food, including that Rajasthani staple the thali plate; LMB restaurant dishes up some of the city's best.