Rest Your Head
If you truly want to feel the old glory of the Raj I highly recommend this beautiful home of nobles past. There is a deep history here of several hundred years, and the building itself is a display a fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani art and architecture. The family still live on part of the property and it is beautifully maintained. There are so many qualities to enjoy, from the wonderful doorman to the families of monkeys that trail the palace walls in the evenings. Other highlights include the staff, who makes you feel incredibly special, and the dining. The Indian cuisine is exceptional and you’ll feast amidst an unbelievable dining room which was entirely hand painted. It is quite incredible to eat your breakfast each morning and enjoy the wonder of times past .
The Samode is also ideally positioned in the walls of the Pink City, making it easy to reach other places in the city.
The Rambagh is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and as you may expect, beautifully impressive. This is luxury personified in all it grandeur. The Rambagh has the most incredible manicured lawns, complete with strutting peacocks — in the evenings you will be entertained with Rajastani dancers and puppet shows. I recommend visiting for dinner or a drink at the well-known Polo Bar.
Eat Your Fill
You will certainly enjoy every bite when you head to the Samode for delicious Indian Food.
Here, you’ll find the best vegetarian food in Jaipur. Anokhi Cafe is the perfect place for a light lunch or afternoon tea. Their ice coffee and cakes are out of this world .
You must try a lassi in traditional clay cups at the famous Lassi Wala. You’ll then have the satisfaction of smashing on the floor! The lassis themselves are refreshing and delicious.
Shop Your Heart Out
Jaipur is their flagship store; you’ll find gorgeous textures and design here. It is beautiful and a pleasure to shop within.
Hot Pink is always a must-stop for me as it is full of high-end Indian designer collections. The decor inside is inspiring and beautiful. I adore the small yet vital details such as a shallow urn at the entrance full of fresh rose petals and the antique glass paintings.
This is my favourite shop in Jaipur. It is owned by a delightful Indian designer couple who are very talented and make the most beautiful textiles. Their silk block printed fabrics are very special and unique. Tip: Definitely check out their cashmere scarves.
Satayam is owned and run by the fabulous Jatin who has incredible knowledge of textiles. He creates the most glorious handwoven cotton shawls and bath towels. His clothing is all stitched entirely by hand, which is amazing! His father’s shop next door has a great collection of vintage block printed fabrics, paintings and curios. Both father and son are a pleasure to chat with!
Bridgette Singh is a French woman who has lived in India for many years, perfecting the art of block printed fabrics. Her work is probably the most perfect available to see to this day. The detail of each piece is exquisite, from tiny silver buttons to a silver disc with her logo sewn on each piece. Bridgette’s collection is vast but I feel her bedding are collectable items. Her little pouches and purses also make gorgeous gifts. I bought the most adorable baby booties on my last visit — I’m not sure who I’ll gift them to, but they were a must-buy!