The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur
What We Love
- The chance to stay in a former royal hunting lodge built for the maharaja of Jaipur
- Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Jackie O have all stayed here
- Stunning views of the Aravalli Hills at every turn
What To Know
- All suites feature private terraces
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- An intimate retreat with just 14 guestrooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Built in 1933 as a hunting lodge for the maharaja of Jaipur, this intimate Spanish-style retreat is home to just three rooms and 11 suites. Expect bold accents in the guestrooms — zebra print coffee tables, turquoise bed skirts, purple and white embroidered bedspreads — as well as private terraces that look out at the mountains (in the suites). The Dining Room serves Indian and Western buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but private poolside picnics and alfresco dinners can also be arranged. After trekking around the area, unwind with a massage at the spa, or retire to the Violet Lounge for after-hours cocktails and a game of pool.
In the Area
After you’ve spent time trekking in the forested hills, ask the hotel to arrange a visit to the nearby Bhangarh Fort. The abandoned 17th-century fort is said to be the most haunted place in India; visitors aren’t even permitted after dark. Jaipur is known as the city of fairs and festivals, so arrange your visit to coincide with one of the many celebrations: January’s Makar Sakranti celebrates kites, March’s Elephant Festival includes processions and polo matches, and October’s Diwali is the festival of light. In Jaipur get a feel for the frenetic buzz of the city center in the historic bazaars, which are set inside the walls of the old town. Start outside the Palace of the Winds complex and wend your way past shops hawking ornate camel leather shoes, handblock textiles, jewelry and other handicrafts.
How to Get There
Excellent property with great location overlooking Mountains on both sides. Great service with warm hospitality . The food is amazing and the portions large. The breakfast spread is quite sumptuous. The rooms are decorated in old fashioned royal antique style. Has a good swimming pool. The cleanliness standards both inside and in the precincts of the Hotel are excellent. A great experience and ideal place to spend time in serenity and wilderness.
The property is Good . The staff are very courteous and good value for money . Secluded place personalized service . Although very far from the main city this has spacious rooms lots of open space and very close to the nature.If they start the spa it eill be very ideal place for leisure.
We read a lot of reviews whenever we chose any hotel/place to go because for me and my husband, every single minute of a vacation counts. We did read a lot of reviews about Ramgarh Lodge too before reaching there. But there were many surprises that waited for us there and which none in the reviews that we came across had spoken about!!
1. Plethora of birds. No one told us (not even the property managers!) that we would be having breakfast with pied wagtails, roufus-treepies, forked tails, green beaeaters, sweet loving parrots, mad common babblers and a group of wild pigeons. You might get visited by a few squirrels too as you stretch yourself in the sprawling lawns while a few babblers might end up knocking at your window as you are about to doze off to a small afternoon nap! Please note that you need lesser number of people around to be able to watch those birds flutter around you and soon start treating you as one of them.
2. The serenity. It is unbeatable. You can hear the sound of your fingers touching the nape of your neck as you gather your hair. You can hear the sound of the pen that you use to note down a certain thought as loud as that of a wheel scratching the rails when brakes are applied to an already-slowing-down train. If you focus too hard, you might even end up even hearing your own heart beat with bare ears!! IT IS THAT QUIET.
3. The privacy. Respecting your privacy is number one rule for everyone who works there at the property. Be it the man deputed to look after the ducks or the shy village garden ladies whose heads stay usually buried in their work. The first morning when we were sitting outside below the central tree (which is also used as a bar in the nights), we were served tea almost an hour after we had requested for it. And later we realized that the staff knew better than us about not disturbing our private tryst with nature and with each other.
4. The timelessness. When you see old-dead animals that must have passed away some 200 years ago, you cannot help but scrutinize their body parts more carefully as most of it have been safely preserved through a work done very well by the taxidermists. There are paintings belonging to 1883 and beyond depicting scenes from the yesteryears horse hunts. There is carrom board, there is chessboard and there are books. Everything to make you feel timeless and ageless.
5. Indresh. This boy was one of the best feature of the hotel. He understood us particularly our dietary habits or potential preferences better than us. He knew when he could ask us to go for laal maas despite knowing fully well that we wished to try the fish or when he could request us not to order any dessert or to order it later for our stomachs might get too full to finish it. His intuitions were very strong about our yet-unknown-to-us desire for tea. He was extremely respectful and open hearted. Soft spoken. And lively. He made our stay much more special than it every could have been.
People, this is a place sufficient in itself. And if you ever plan to stay there. Just stay there and enjoy the beauty of it. Don't waste time in exploring places around. Nothing is more beautiful and worth your time than the Lodge itself. We both loved it. Shall love it forever.