– 2014 Rank 11 on the list of World’s Best Hotels in Asia and India by Conde Nast Traveller UK
– 2014 Travel and Leisure Top 50 World’s Best Hotels according to the T+L readers!
– One of Conde Nast Traveler USA Gold’s best-ranked properties with a score of 96 in 2013!
– Appearing in the Luxury Bible in the World’s Ultimate Destination Guide as one of the top 10 Luxury Hotels in 2010
I would continue to list more, but this hotel, sitting on 47 acres, has won over 15 awards starting all the way back in the late 90’s! Talk about feeling like a member of the royal family, the Rambagh Palace is certainly a hotel worth checking in to. Although you may find a royal chunk of money missing from your wallet, the Rambagh has a glorious past and is well worth every rupee spent! Prices start out around ₹20,000 ($313) and range all the way to ₹120,000 ($1882) per night, The ₹20,000 is for a night’s stay in the Luxury King Bed, Garden or Courtyard view, and the ₹120,000 is for the Grand Royal 1 Bedroom Suite, King Bed with the Garden View. Both prices listed are during their slow season.
This hotel is usually fully booked during the month of February going into the months of springtime and experiences more vacancies in the summer, monsoon, and winter months. If you are planning to book your stay at the Rambagh Palace it is advisable to make your reservations well in advance to avoid any of the rooms being sold out.
Known as the “Jewel of Jaipur” this exquisite Palace was home to the Royal family of Jaipur until 1957, when it was then converted into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. In 1972 after a hard decision was made by the Royal family it was sold to the Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces. The Rambagh Palace now offers 79 spectacular suites that have been restored from the former use of the Maharaja.
The available rooms for booking are more than beautiful, fully equipped with separate living areas, private bathrooms, and the most luxurious of bedding. You will discover many activities to take part in that makes it hard to ever want to check out. These activities include riveting polo matches, horse-back riding, or relaxing with a game of golf! Afterwards, there’s nothing more pleasant than lounging in the peaceful gardens or enjoying a meal while watching the graceful peacocks roam around.
The Rambagh has a wonderful romantic charm and offers you an array of options— such as dining privately in one of their alluring gazebos or taking a stroll at sunset through the lush gardens that are well maintained on the property. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself slipping into a daydream. However, at the Rambagh, waking up every morning to breakfast in bed before doing yoga on the opulent patio and then hitting the spa actually does become a reality here. You will feel just as the Royal families of Jaipur must have felt once upon a time.
But let’s take a further walk down memory lane…
The Jewel of Jaipur was built in 1835 and has been used for many purposes. The first being a garden house for Kesar Badaran who was the Queen’s favorite handmaiden (chief lady in waiting) to Maharani (Queen) Chandrawati. In 1887 it was refurbished into a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge– due to being surrounded by a large forest at the time.
The name was also changed from Kadar Badaran ka Bagh to Rambagh during the reign of Maharaja (King) Sawai Ram Singh II. And In 1910 was when the king’s grandson, Prince Sawai Man Singh II came to stay at Rambagh on his accession to the throne. A private school was established for the prince and a few other chosen sons of the royal families, to escape being confined to the walls of the city palace.
As the war went on, Sawai Man Singh’s wife, Rajmata Gayatri Devi, took over the responsibilities of the household. She was absolutely stunning, enough so that Vogue named her the most beautiful woman in the world in 1940! Rajmata Gayatri Devi will always live in the hearts of the natives here in India and she will never be forgotten.
It was 1947 when India declared it’s independence, and the princely states merged with the Union of India. The Maharaja of Jaipur was then appointed as the Rajpramukh (Governor) of the state of Rajasthan thus making the Rambagh Palace the Raj Bhavan (Government House). This, however, did not stop the people from loving and respecting the Maharaja, and the palace remained overwhelmed with visiting dignitaries, including other families of the Maharaja and the Mountbatten family of England. India’s last princely celebration was a two-week long festivity that still stands in the Guinness Book of Records.
This celebration occurred when the eldest daughter, Princess Prem Kumari married Yuvraj Jaideep Singhji of Devgadh Baria. Since then, this truly amazing Palace has had guests from all walks of life, including Prince Charles, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Jacqueline Kennedy, the Queen of England, Jackie O, and numerous others.
There are various restaurants to choose from including the Rajput Room, a multi-cuisine restaurant open all day, serving both lunch and dinner. There is also the Polo Bar where you’ll enjoy aperitifs and a wide selection of Cuban cigars. And don’t forget to wander into the Suvarna Mahal that opens at 7:00 pm serving a wonderful selection of Indian cuisine. Not only does the Rambagh Palace provide several different dining options, but you will fall in love with the variety each menu offers ranging from Indian specialties to continental favorites. Crisp salads overflowing with mixed greens and seasonal vegetables or a hot bowl of creamy soup will have your taste buds begging for the main course!
For lunch, you are able to choose from several hot sandwiches or simply create your own by selecting from the many fillings and bread available. Choosing a main course for your dinner may be the most difficult choice you’ll have to make during your time here. There is a smorgasbord of dishes to choose from including hearty pasta, succulent chicken and lamb cuts, and Indian specialties so delicious you’ll want to kiss the chef! Make sure not to get too full just yet because one mouth full of these fluffy, crumbly, divine desserts may have you leaving with takeaway for later!
The Rambagh Palace is an exclusive hotel owned by Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces where the feeling of royalty follows you with every turn through the palace. High security standards are present throughout the vicinity and you will always feel safe during your stay. You may find yourself never leaving the gates due to the endless amounts of activities, dining options, and shopping available to you, your family, or business partners.
Even If you are unable to stay the night, the Palace welcomes you to wine and dine with them and do a little shopping in the boutiques available, which is highly recommended!