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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Amar Grover

Situated just south of the city centre in a notably leafy enclave, Rambagh started in the 1830s as a relatively modest home of the queen’s handmaiden and evolved into a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge.

By the 1920s it was the main residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur with cenotaphs, formal Mughal-style gardens and a chandelier-hung ballroom. It’s a splendid monument to the taste and style of one of royal Rajasthan’s pre-eminent dynasties. Still wowing the great and the good, it remains one of the city’s most famous hotels.

Rooms and suites all boast an opulent heritage-style feel, with retro furniture and décor. The fanciest Royal Suites were once the royal family’s personal chambers.

Each evening, hotel butlers conduct guided walks through the property offering a colourful mix of history and anecdote, and guests can take horse-and-carriage rides through the grounds. The baradari experience comprises private musical performances in a garden pavilion, and there are several fine-dining options.

Surrounding area

Although broad and generally busy boulevards ring much of the property, its walls and gardens ensure it remains a haven of tranquility. Despite being fairly central, Jaipur’s size and traffic means you may not wish to walk to the main areas of interest such as the Old City and City Palace, but there are always taxis or tuk-tuks available.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Raj Mandir Cinema

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India[1.9 miles]

One of India’s most famous and flamboyant cinemas, it remains a Jaipur landmark and often screens movies to a full house.

Best for ages: 18+ | £1 | 90+ minutes

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Johari Bazaar

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India[3 miles]

Vibrant Johari Bazaar encapsulates the city’s reputation as India’s main gemstone and jewellery centre, with artisans’ workshops dotting its lanes and alleys.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Palace of the Winds

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India[3.4 miles]

Designed to lend seclusion to ladies of the royal court, the intricate lattice-screened and salmon-pink facade of the Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of Winds’, is among the most iconic of Jaipur’s buildings.

Best for ages: 13+ | £1

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City Palace

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India[3.4 miles]

A fascinating, and among the best-preserved palace complex in Rajasthan, set in the heart of Jaipur’s Old City.

Best for ages: 13+ | £2

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Rajasthan, India

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