In Jaipur, I stayed at the Rambagh Palace – that exquisite fairytale palace of a Grand Hotel, nestled in its own extensive grounds to the south of Albert Hall Museum.
Built in 1835, the palace was once the home of the Maharani of Jaipur’s favourite handmaiden. In 1887, during the time of the Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, it was converted into the royal guesthouse and hunting lodge.
In 1931, following a major expansion undertaken by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, it became the principal residence of the Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II and his legendary queen, the Maharani Gayatri Devi. It would remain the residence of Jaipur royalty till 1957.
The palace was designed in an eclectic Rajput style, with marble jalis and Mughal gardens, Rajput arches and cupolas, chhatris and colonnaded arcades. Needless to say it has paid host to royalty, celebrities and heads of state in its time.
The palace is today managed by the Taj Group and is simply divine. The perfect place to unwind in, after a whole day out in the sweltering heat, photographing the city.