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
- 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.