From Hollywood to B-town celebs, Jaipur is one of India’s premiere destinations for work or leisure.In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited Jaipur and Lord Albert exclaimed Jaipur to be a ‘Pink City’.
From exotic film sets to a destination of rich heritage, the Pink City is a marvel; an absolute must visit.
Where to Stay : Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur
This is the former residence of the Prime Minister of the princely state of Jaipur and turned into the Jal Mahal Palace in the 18th century (the magnificent royal edifice traces its origin to 1745). The Palace comprises regal rooms, pretty pavilions and charming colonnades, set amidst 18 acres of landscaped gardens. The heritage palace has been painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, and is now a luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts, while staying true to its legacy.
The stately Mughal Gardens, resonant with the call of peacocks, is a formal, multi-level quartered garden with pavilions, water channels, flowerbeds, ponds and stone pathways. Jai Mahal Palace offers 100 palatial rooms including 6 suites. Colonial style furniture, miniature paintings, gold-hued silks, sheer curtains and stylish bathrooms offer contemporary comfort with a royal touch.
Perfectly located in the heart of the Pink City (Civil Lines), you are close to the main shopping areas and prime historical sites such as Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal and City Palace. The Jaipur International Airport is a mere 30 minutes away by car.
Jai Mahal Palace offers its guests an eclectic culinary experience by providing a choice of 4 restaurants: Cinnamon (an Indian cuisine Specialty Restaurant; it serves the most authentic royal Indian cuisines from four princely states of India), Giardino (Jaipur’s finest and only contemporary al fresco Italian restaurant), Marble Arch (all day dining restaurant) and Marigold Bar (with an exclusive and exhaustive selection of single malts, innovative cocktails and Cuban cigars).
Room rates start at Dhs 650 for Deluxe Rooms and go up to Dhs 3,500 for the Suites (October to March)Room rates start at Dhs 375 for Deluxe Rooms and go up to Dhs 2,000 for the Suites (April to September)
INFO: Buffet breakfast served at Marble Arch (7am-10.30am); lunch and dinner served at Cinnamon (12.30pm-3 pm and 7pm-11pm), and at Giardino (7pm-10.30pm); Marigold Bar is open 10am-1am daily; ADDRES: Jai Mahal Palace, Jacob Road Civil Lines JAIPUR (Rajasthan), Contact no: +91 141 6601111, email email@example.com
Direct flights from the UAE cost around Dhs 1,000 (return)
Things to do While you ARE there…
Visit Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, offers a beautiful sight to behold. The splendid Rajputana architecture of Hawa Mahal still speaks of the glory of the royal family. One can also find a glimpse of Mughal architecture, which is blended perfectly to make it stand out. Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the late 18th century.
It has 953 small windows decorated with tiny lattice work. These pink sandstone windows, commonly known as “Jharokhas”, are constructed in a giant honeycomb style. Hawa Mahal was built for the women of the Royal Families, since they had to observe strict “purdah” (cover) as the townsfolks were not permitted to see them. The small windows and screened balconies allowed the women to watch processions and other street activities. In this manner, the women could enjoy a sense of freedom without revealing themselves.INFO: Opening Hours 9am-5pm; tickets priced at Dhs 25 for foreigners & Dhs 3 for Indians
Explore City Palace
City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark of Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built in the early 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. The City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Initially, Raja Jai Singh built the outer wall. The additional grand buildings were constructed later by succeeding rulers. City Palace is a structure of historical importance and an architectural souvenir of the regal past. The palace stands as a symbol of magnificence.INFO: Opening Hours 9.30am-5pm; tickets priced at Dhs 22 for foreigners & Dhs 6 for Indians
Shopping at Jaipur
Jaipur is a city of vibrant colors and markets (bazaars). Jaipur’s markets offer a great break to stop and shop on your tour and explore the vivacious culture of the region. Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork, leather ware and spices essentially representing the entirety of the art and craft of Rajasthan. Kishanpol Bazar, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Mahiharon Ka Rasta, M.I. Road, Jauhari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazaar are the main markets of Jaipur. The assortment of products is rich and diverse making shopping in Jaipur electrifying and memorable.
The Amber Fort is a stunning structure, built entirely in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake is at the foreground and the crystal clear image of the Fort on the still waters of the lake has to be seen to be believed. The outer appearance of the Fort, rough and craggy, contrasts beautifully with its core. The interior of the Fort provides a soothing and warm ambience, quite unexpected given the outer appearance. The marvelous decor of the Fort is influenced by both the Hindu and the Muslim styles of ornamentation. Exquisite paintings of hunting scenes on the walls depict the temperament of the Rajputs, who were adventurous, revolutionary and self-indulgent. The flawless beauty of the Fort can be enjoyed in royal splendor with an elephant ride INFO: Opening Hours 8am-5pm & 7pm-9.30pm; tickets priced at Dhs 28 for foreigners & Dhs 6 for Indians
Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace, is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake and offers stunning views of the lake. This low-rise symmetrical palace that once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of the lake. Grab your camera for some fantastic pictures!
Spa at Fairmont Jaipur
The Fairmont Spa, set amidst beautiful green surroundings, inspires a sense of peace and tranquility; I especially enjoyed the Aromatherapy massage. The highly trained and skilled masseurs work on your muscles, reaching and penetrating each stressed layer with therapies such as the Swedish massage, the signature Hot Stone Massage and the traditional Thai massage in the special Thai healing room. Each massage is an experience that lasts nearly an hour and is prefixed or suffixed with some private time in the sauna and the jacuzzi.INFO: 60 minute massage priced at Dhs 280