A small oasis in the middle of the city that has been converted into a hotel. It has the most beautiful cloistered swimming pool.
Owned by a scion of the Jaipuri royal family, this historic mansion is unique, from the elephant-ramp entrance and magical courtyard lit with oil lamps to the jasmine-and geranium-scented gardens that wrap around the loveliest pool in Jaipur.
Doormen clad in white jackets and pink turbans welcome you to this jewel box of a hotel, where each of the palatial rooms has a different colour theme with custom-made wallpaper and silk brocades, chandeliers and art deco furniture. A highlight is the hotel’s restaurant, 51 shades of pink.
A charming, well-priced guesthouse with whitewashed walls and Indian antiques, whose owner Shiva and his wife will welcome you with wonderful home-cooked meals, followed by a chai on the rooftop overlooking the Nahalgarth Fort. Legendary Dr Upal provides the best Ayurvedic and aromatherapy massages in the city.
This iconic grand dame hotel, and former home of the Maharaja, is a Mogul-inspired dream with butler service, access to the palace’s vintage car collection, a resident palmist and the legendary Polo Bar.
Escape the city with a stay at this elephant camp in the foothills of the Aravalli range, behind the famous Amber Fort. Feed and wash the adopted elephants and ride on their backs on a torchlit safari through the Kukas forest reserve. Stay the night in one of several luxurious private tents.
The Indian Album, The Spiritual Detox
This beachside retreat has long attracted soul-searching tourists but its new Shanti program now promises an even deeper journey of self-discovery with three additional nights of silent meditation at Vanavasa, a forest sanctuary nearby that uses the healing qualities of nature – guests pad from candlelit villas to the main pavilion for meditation, star gazing and pranic healings.