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Rajasthan’s Pink City is awash with historic royal palaces, courtyard gardens and museums. Stroll through the beautiful Hawa Mahal, and explore the Amer Fort – all while staying at one of these top hotels in Jaipur.
Rajasthan means “Land of the Kings”, and nowhere epitomises this more than its capital Jaipur, which has long been home to royalty. In fact, it was designed by Maharaja Jai Singh to suit his every whim. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful places to visit in northwest India.
Food is one of India’s major draws, and Hilton Jaipur will definitely get your taste buds fired up. This luxury hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Chaandi, serves modern dishes from an open kitchen. Here, the laal maas is a must-try; it is a regional delicacy that was once enjoyed by royalty and consists of tender lamb meat simmered with fiery mathania chillies. The hotel sits on the outskirts of Jaipur, and the International Airport is 11 km (7mi) away. There is a rooftop pool with cabanas and a spa offering authentic Indian treatments.
A compact hotel with 52 rooms and a TARDIS-like, wood-panelled lobby. Here, you’re in prime position for the major attractions the city has to offer, including City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort and markets such as Bapu Bazaar. The plant-dotted twinkly rooftop bar the Night Jar is a lively little spot to hang out until late (check out is 3pm). The veggie restaurant Grand Chanakya serves up delicious local favourites, such as dal baati churma and tasty thalis.
This luxury heritage boutique hotel is located in a quiet residential area, not far from the city action. Each of the 20 rooms is themed on the grand lifestyles of India’s Rajput princes, with antique furnishings reflecting Rajasthan’s rich cultural history. Nature lovers will feel at home in the Madhubani room, meaning “Forest of Honey”, which is decorated with a kaleidoscope of Indian flowers, animals and birds. Jaipur Metro station is a short walk away from the hotel’s front door.
Handily, this hotel is just 2km (1.2mi) from Jaipur International Airport and close to the buzzy Malviya Nagar neighbourhood, with its lively rooftop bars, Rajasthani bistros and Jawahar Circle Garden. Start your day by exploring Jaipur with a brew at the hotel’s in-house coffee shop, and, later, escape the heat with an evening spa treatment. For a glitzy rooftop experience and a pre-dinner cocktail, head up to Colorbar, a Miami-inspired open-air lounge. It’s open until 1.30am at weekends, giving it some serious nightcap potential with sensational city views.
A soaring lobby with Makrana marble floors, pink upholstery and a large lotus-shaped fountain will welcome you here. The spirit of Rajasthan carries through the hotel in its riotous colours, excellent Indian cuisine and the pomegranate-themed spa. Enjoy a sundowner by the pool and the folk music that is performed daily, or browse the hotel’s shopping arcade for well-priced jewellery and quirky books. Fresh oriental lilies in all guest rooms are a nice touch. The central location close to the Jaipur railway station makes getting around the city easy.
Rambagh Palace was once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and, for a few nights, it can be your home, too. Now operating as a luxurious hotel, the Palace welcomes you with pristine manicured gardens framing its stunning architecture. Inside, you’ll find 79 rooms and restored suites, which once served as the Maharaja’s personal chambers. The rooms are swathed in rich fabrics and silk drapes, inspired by the colourful art and warm landscapes of Rajasthan. You’ll find plenty of ways to occupy your time on the palace grounds: enjoy a relaxing massage at the Jiva Grande Spa, exercise at the hotel gym, or practise yoga with the guidance of experienced practitioners.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Shreyas Kulkarni.