Though it is known as “the pink city“, Jaipur’s facades are more amber-colored. But within the walls of Rajasthan’s much loved capital, you’ll certainly enjoy a “la vie en rose” kind of week-end. Majesty beyond your imagination, eye candy jewels and hidden gems to fall in love with… This is India, romantic India, magical and splendid.
47 JOBNER BAGH
This magnificent yet simple family-run B&B is housed in a Maharaja's ancient garden property surrounded by sweet scented jasmine flowers. Mr Gujar tastefully decorated the rooms and living spaces with antiques, and you’ll be able to shop some items if you’re too lazy to hunt at the flea market. Just saying.
ASK: For the Indian breakfast. Never had such delicious paratha.
And for the Hindustan Ambassador famous car to drive around with style.
FLOWER & FLEA MARKET
Now if you like spending your mornings rummaging around, the Hatwara Flea Market’s for you. That’s where you’ll find traditional Lassi glasses, vintage scissors, old photographs of Indian idols… The bustling Phool Mandi wholesale Flower Market is adjacent to it.
WIND PALACE & CITY PALACE
One of Jaipur’s symbols, Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds was built in 1799 by poet King Pratap Singh. Its 953 latticed windows are quite impressive.
Whereas The Royal Family still resides in the 18th century City Palace, they have opened up their homes to host a Museum.
NAHARGARH FORT, AMBER FORT
From the 18th century Nahargarh Fort or Tiger fort, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city.
Whilst Amber Fort is the iconic palace of India, its 16th century walls snaking away into the horizon could be the Indian counterpart of the great wall of China.
BAR PALLADIO & HOT PINK
After an italian meal or a drink at the stylish Bar Palladio, head over to Hot Pink, a shop by Gem Palace’s owner Munnu Kasliwaland and French jewellery designer Marie-Hélène de Taillac. Their collections are outstanding, and the place itself is worth a visit.
THE GEM PALACE
Follow the path of the Royal families, Hollywood and Bollywood stars and window shop in this institution established in 1852.
Their hand-poured soy wax candles are a must-buy. They come in round marble containers with cedar wood wicks. The cardamom, saffron & vanilla fragrance is incredible.
For the renowned glazed pottery of Jaipur.
Contemporary style gifts made by Indian artisans. Jewellery, clothes, lifestyle.
Located in the beautiful gardens of the Rambagh Palace Hotel, the Verandah Cafe serves the most delightful Thali in the most romantic setting.
LAXMI MISTHAN BHANDAR
If you’re more into the typical local atmosphere, LMB offers authentic Rajasthani vegetarian cuisine. Don’t forget to try everything at their sweet shop.