Pink picks: great stays in Jaipur

It’s a city that has successfully married the traditional with the modern, and it is never more apparent than in its hotels

1. ITC Rajputana

This is perfect for the business traveller and tourist alike. A traditional red-brick exterior ringed around a centre courtyard, long-winding corridors, and stained-glass windows—this is the quintessential haveli. Dine on authentic Rajasthani fare at the Jal Mahal restaurant, pamper yourself at the Kaya Kalp Spa, or try your hand at croquet and water-polo. Keep the kids busy on the life-sized snakes-and-ladders board while you shop. Are you planning a business visit to Jaipur? Then book into ITC Rajputana A Luxury Collection Hotel in Jaipur. It has all modern facilities and you can book rooms of this hotel online.

2. Chokhi Dhani Resort

If you wish the get deep into Rajasthani culture, this little pastoral slice of heaven is just for you. Think swank mud-and-thatch cottages, hand-painted murals, folklore-ic artefacts and mouth-watering Rajasthani thali, all in a unique hamlet setting. A spa/sauna baths, gym/massage facilities, and a Jacuzzi blend in effortlessly with the traditional and the ethnic. This is a total immersion into one of the world’s richest cultures. Book into Chokhi Dhani Resort Jaipur and plan an elaborate stay. You can grasp the rich culture of Rajasthan gain inspiration for your arts here.

3. The Oberoi Rajvilas

Imagine 32 acres of a fort setting, with old, majestic armoury dotting the perimeter walls and a 280 year-old Shiva temple. Amidst all the medieval grandeur, there is the modern: 54 premier rooms, 13 luxury tents and luxury villas with private pools. Hand-painted gold leaf murals, exquisite Indian miniatures and some of India’s best modern art forms the décor. The signature Oberoi Spa, with its varied Eastern and Western treatments, will make you feel sufficiently royal. The Oberoi Rajvillas, Jaipur is an ideal place for a stay. Check the different rooms and their amenities online. Pick a room that suits your requirements and affordability.

4. Taj Rambagh Palace

This medieval showstopper has seen many avatars: royal guesthouse to hunting lodge to residence, and now, a world-class hotel. Even today, the lines are blurred. With its grand marbled corridors, architecture, gardens and timeless hospitality, you might be fooled into thinking you are the guest of a prince. Each room cascades with magnificent tapestries and priceless objets d’art. Jackie O and Lord Mountbatten were guests here and Prince Charles is still a regular. Experience the unique richness and culture of Rajasthan by staying here. Book into Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel in Jaipur before you head to the destination. Booking in advance ensures a comfortable stay.

5. Alsisar Haveli

Beautiful courtyards, tucked-away alcoves, lush greenery, and elegant interiors that will transport you back to another time: this and more is on offer at the refurbished old mansion. Dine on ethnic Rajasthani fare in the open-air courtyard when you tire of the muted, understated opulence of its spacious rooms. This place typifies Jaipur: a slice of the old and venerable brought into the 21st century for your luxury and comfort. Experience the life of the Maharaja and the luxurious lifestyle of the bygone era. Book into Alsisar Haveli A Heritage Hotel in Jaipur. It has all the modern facilities while it still reflects the interesting and artistic decor of the past royal palaces.

Insider Tips:

If your budget permits, stay at the legendary Peacock Suite at the Rambagh, which overlooks the beautifully arrayed Mughal Gardens. All these hotels offer elephant safaris, historical walks and other activities unique only to Rajasthan.