A tranquil hideaway just a ten-minute rickshaw ride from the City Palace, Samode Haveli is one of Jaipur's best-preserved heritage hotels. Originally the royal family of Samode's townhouse residence, there's a real sense of majestic faded grandeur here, with mosaic-lined alcoves, wedding-cake archways and verdant manicured lawns with their cooling fountains and shady nooks.
Individually designed rooms, filled with antiques and hand-woven damasks, are spread around a maze of courtyards and gardens - some still used by the family today. The vast swimming pool is a welcome sanctuary after days exploring the bazaars of Rajasthan's capital, its muslin-draped edges sheltering guests from the searing heat. In the evenings, north Indian specialties from the tandoor oven are served by the light of a thousand candles, or in the hugely atmospheric peppermint-cream walled dining room, under the gaze of dozens of ancient ancestral portraits.
Heritage and history lovers
Couples and romantics
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Cool down in the afternoon heat with some refreshing laps of the pool
Enjoy a healing massage or Ayurvedic treatment
Relax with afternoon tea in the courtyard
Feast on fine Rajasthani cuisine on the candle-lit terrace
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Explore the many attractions of the ‘Pink City’, including the Amber Fort and Palace
Take a cycling tour past temples and colourful markets
Hone your culinary skills with a traditional cookery class
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