Royalty is a fancy idiom, suited for those fortunate souls who are not bothered by the grinding work pressure or domestic tasks and even minor nitty gritties of life faced by middle class individuals or commoners. Thus indulging in royal treatment is a distant dream for many. What if an individual can taste this holy nectar for a span of a few days, relishing every bit, living life like a royal and with fine dining experience; a memory to be cherished forever?
Rajasthan is the state of royals (erstwhile Rajput kingdom and land of kings/princess) Maharajas who lived in palatial forts and havelis, dined in expansive hallways furnished in costly tapestries, rode pillion on horses and elephants decorated with wooden embellishments and ornaments. Spending a fortune in acquiring something or erecting marvelous edifices were a common affair with the royal kings of Rajasthan and at present the trend is to conserve these artifacts and buildings expanding tourist influx that get to taste the royal lifestyle for a few days.
Stay Like a Royal
The spurt in tourism industry
and to facilitate tourism most of the forts, palaces and havelis in Rajasthan under the domain and supervision of royal families have been transformed into heritage hotels thereby upholding the royal feel and aura ascertaining the distant dream of luxuriating like a regal princess.Samode Palace
, Mandwa Haveli, Umaid Bhavan,
Ramgarh Lodge, Jai Mahal Hotel in Jaipur, Gajner Palace, Junagarh Fort and Palace
, Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bikaner, Neemrana Palace in Alwar
, Shiv Niwas Palace, Lake Palace in Udaipur
are a few options of palaces turned heritage hotels of Rajasthan ensuring a luxuriant stay at the centre of the famous cities overlooking decorative gardens, magnificent lakes with the Aravalli Mountains in the background.
The grand rooms and suites remodeled with intricate décor, quaint tapestries, embellished walls, king size beds and lofty chandeliers are sure to transport esteemed guests into the Rajputana period. Foreign and Indian tourists with a flair for indulging in royal excesses will certainly be smitten by the royal surroundings coupled with exotic Rajasthani cuisine
, sightseeing, folk dance and puppet shows. Staying in these regal hotels in turn will be quite harsh on the pocket nevertheless enjoying this elegant life for a few days will compensate for the expenditure.
Travel Like a Royal Across the State
A break from the conventional stay in these palatial heritage hotels and havelis with sightseeing opportunities might come in the form of an enticing cum majestic journey across the Thar Desert of Rajasthan with the Aravalli Mountains running parallel amidst the arid terrain. Palace on Wheels
and Rajasthan on Wheels, enthralling camper trains which ferries its imperial guests along five noted destinations of Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur, Sawai-Madhopur
) over a period of 7 days departing from New Delhi
The service is remarkable with regal treatment for its prestigious passengers transported into the 14 royal coaches named after a princely state, rooms and suites decorated like palaces of Rajasthan yet fitted with latest amenities with personal attendant (khidmatgar), dine like the kings and queens in the exquisite restaurants named Maharaja and Maharani, Swarn Mahal and Sheesh Mahal serving relishing Rajasthani and continental dishes; or chill down at the bar stocked in exotic wine and foreign liquors. The trains also have souvenir coaches selling authentic Rajasthani handicrafts, spa items etc.
Immerse Yourself in the Delectable Rajasthani Cuisine
The land of great kings, Rajasthan is full of amazing places with scenic lakes, desert, grand artwork and gastronomical delicacies. Rajasthani cuisine with exotic spices and ingredients is a heavenly delight evoking a royal enigma. Cinnamon
within Jai Mahal Palace for instance in Jaipur dishes out royal platter tasted by the Rajput princess of yesteryear with striking flavours along with other yummies. The food like a royal can be customized according to individual preferences. Suvarna Mahal in Rambagh Palace of Jaipur offers its guests to taste royal air being seated before Jharokhas tasting the desert breeze with vegetarian and non vegetarian Rajasthani Thaali ; the specialty of the restaurant.
Imagine dining atop a terrace from a boutique restaurant Daarikhana
in Raas Hotel of Jodhpur overlooking the alluring Mehrangarh Fort
with the aroma of spices filling the night air, platter of salads, Thaalis, vegetables and authentic desserts. Risala
at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel in Jodhpur serves stupendous Indian and continental dishes served with a touch of royal seasoning while other royal dining options in the blue city are Latitude, Sunset Pavillion, Devi Garh
in Udaipur with live musical performances, Udaipur Upre
by 1559 AD with Lake Pichola in the background, Sheesh Mahal
serving authentic Rajasthani Laal Maas (cream of mutton), Trio
in Jaisalmer serving spicy snacks and meals.
Tourists can also indulge in royal sports and adventure activities to get into the royal dimension of the bygone era, avail desert safari, be a part of folk music performance amidst desert bonfire, opt for camel safaris in the desert, elephant safari within the city, play bicycle polo, horse polo, elephant polo, camel polo, golf, don Rajasthani royal attire – these are a few suggestions for living life king size for the time being.