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The property belongs to the royal family, in lease to the Taj group (as is the case for all hotels in Rajasthan which open the rooms of the nation’s sovereigns to guests). A book shows the signatures of the queen of Denmark, actors, and other prominent individuals who have stayed at the Rambagh Palace – a sign not only of snobbery, but also of confirmation for a city that wishes to remain on the itinerary of world travel. Peacocks meander about the park – the sound of cars fades away beyond the hedges, while the peacocks chase after one another, jumping up onto the branch of a tree as soon as you try to get near them.

Like a national monument, not a single detail of the historic indoor pool can be changed – it cannot even be heated. In the pleasure pavilion one finds a water garden, hot tubs, and a massage area. The scent of jasmine emanates from oil candles and pervades every corner of the property. At breakfast in the morning, served on the patio which looks out from the main facade, there are brioches infused with the flavor and aroma of roses; India’s milky sky and, in the evening, the heat of the brazier. The architecture of the Rambagh Palace is expansive: the internal courtyard with spiral staircase, the Italian gardens of Indian design. The rooms have a strong and luxurious décor, double showers in the suite, and 19th century French empire canopy beds, all featuring the colors gold and chocolate. In the library of the Rambagh Palace is a book by Kanwar Dharmender: the biography of the third wife of the great-grandfather of the current maharaja, Maharani Gayatri Devi – a book which tells the story of India through the life of a princess.

Taj Rambagh Palace

Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur,

Rajasthan 302005, India