We are as fascinated with Jaipur, the Pink City of India, as the rest of the world is. A bastion of the Indian royal sphere, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Today, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur has historically been a place of commerce and trade and has continued its legacy and now enjoys its status as a tourist haven.
There are amazing places to stay, eat and shop in Jaipur. Let us take you on a pink-hued tour through this magical city where artisanship and beauty are a way of life....
WHERE TO STAY
Sujan Rajmahal || Photo credit: sujanluxury.com
1. Samode Haveli - a restored nineteenth-century nobleman’s house Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion set in a verdant garden with apartments arranged around a series of intimate couryards. Built 175 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, it is still occupied by their descendants, who have converted their home into a luxury hotel.
2. Taj Rambagh Palace - located in what was the residence of the final Maharaja of Jaipur, who died in 1970. Here, Raj-era India lives on with rooms that were once the sanctuaries of kings, princes and their guests. Rambagh Palace exudes an unmistakable sense of history. It’s an architectural masterpiece that transcends time.
3. Sujan Rajmahal - Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this exquisite royal palace is located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. Conceived by H.H Sawai Man Singh II as a private palace, a garden retreat, built for his beloved wife, Chandra Kanwar Ranawat ji, the daughter of the Maharana of Mewar, Rajmahal Palace has stood witness to over 250 years of history.
WHERE TO EAT
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1.Bar Palladio - Classic Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting, to create an atmosphere of magic, a sense of surprise. Inspired by the iconic Caffé Florian and Harry’s Bar in Venice and christened after the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, Bar Palladio Jaipur is an ode to Italian style and cuisine, viewed through the prism of a Mughal dreamworld.
2. The Kitchen - This culinary gem takes ancient techniques and remixes them into something new. The zigzagged black-and-white marble tabletops were made in neighboring Agra, and the walls are covered with a mosaic of brick-size pieces of wood.
WHERE TO SHOP
Teatro Dhora || Photo credit: Condé Nast Traveler
1. Gem Palace - The Gem Palace was established in 1852 by the erstwhile Kasliwal family of Jaipur. Jewellers for over eight generations, the Kasliwals enjoy the distinction of having been court jewellers to Mughal emperors. Situated in the heart of this royal city the store offers antique jewels from the coffers of Maharajas to contemporary designs studded with the precious gemstones.
2. Trunks Company - Located in an industrial part of town, this store houses trunks, crafted locally of Italian leather and lined in brilliant-hued suede, can be made in practically any dimensions you choose, to store whatever you feel is most in need of protection—be it watches, jewelry, or turbans.
3. Teatro Dhora - A concept shop that gathers in one place the clothes, jewelry, accessories, and housewares from some of the country’s emerging designers. The brainchild of Aavriti R Jain and Siddharth Daspan, ‘Dhora’ offers a unique signature style that is bold and confident .
Source: Condé Nast Traveler