Joanna Lester-George

The Jaipur Destination Guide for Seven Suitcases

Seven Suitcases | June 16th, 2014 |

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Taj Rambagh Palace : This is Jaipur’s oldest, grandest palace hotel, and the definitive way to experience Old Raj opulence. Butler service, vintage cars, polo on elephant-back and gorgeous suites converted from the chambers of former Maharajas make a stay at the Rambagh Palace definitely worth a splurge. Kids love to chase peacocks around the landscaped grounds, and to splash about in the indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel babysitting service also affords grown ups the chance to fine-dine like royalty under the stars.

Elefantastic : If you’re looking for the definitive elephant experience in Rajasthan, this is the place to go. With over one hundred well-cared-for gentle giants, your kids can learn how to make chapatis (bread) and then feed them, practice traditional colourful elephant painting and have a good old splash about in the lake scrubbing the elephants down. And as if that wasn’t enough fun, you can end the day with a sunset elephant jungle safari (5-6 pm.). Beware of touts posing as Elefantastic employees: correspond with Elefantastic directly by phone or email, and have your taxi drop you off at the site itself, not far from the Amber Fort.

Steam at the Rambagh ; Seriously, what kid wouldn’t leap at the chance to eat wood-fired pizza in the carriage of a classically restored steam train? The Rambagh is Jaipur’s most opulent palace hotel so you can expect stylish décor and impeccable service. Grown ups can enjoy a fantastic selection of drinks and cocktails in the ambient lounge bar, while children can race around on the lawns.