A maharajah’s dream hotel in Jaipur

Suján Rajmahal Palace is a ravishing mix of Rajput heritage and Anglo glamour

Jaipur’s Suján Rajmahal Palace’s ravishing mix of Rajput heritage and Anglo glamour
Jaipur’s Suján Rajmahal Palace’s ravishing mix of Rajput heritage and Anglo glamour | Image: Suján

Jaisal Singh is one-of-a-kind, a dandy dedicated to polo, wildlife conservation and history in equal measure. Suján Rajmahal Palace (sujanluxury.com; from £600), the hotel he heads up on the outskirts of Jaipur’s old city, is a ravishing compendium of Rajput heritage and Anglo glamour.

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Its 14 suites bear the names of the guests who slept in them: Mountbatten, Kennedy, Prince of Wales. It’s stuffed with important antiques and good paintings, and 48 individual wallpapers were custom-designed for the many halls, receptions and arcades of the palace – once home to the British resident political officer of Rajputana, then to Sawai Man (“Jai”) Singh II, Jaipur’s very modern and last ruling maharajah. It’s a maximalist’s dream, underpinned by some of the finest service in the land – and an outrageously good thali to boot.

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