IHCL celebrates Jaipur’s UNESCO World Heritage Site listing with its heritage hotels
Much like the Pink City, the group’s heritage hotels blend history, architectural beauty and regal lifestyle into one seamless whole. Experience Jaipur’s imperial heritage with their special packages
The Pink City of Jaipur, one of the earliest planned cities of India that was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, made it to the UNESCO World Heritage sites 2019 list, a unique distinction afforded to heritage cities around the world. The inclusion, which very few cities in the world have received and which has saved several ancient monuments, cities and sites from being taken over by unplanned construction, was announced on July 6, after the 43rd meet of UNESCO World Heritage Committee at Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.
Celebrating this unique distinction is the heritage hospitality brand IHCL or The Indian Hotels Company Limited, which runs three unique heritage properties in Jaipur, which earned the moniker, The Pink City, in 1876 when Maharaja Ram Singh, the ruling monarch at that time, painted it pink to welcome his imperial British guests – Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria.
Jaipur’s royal culture and the regal splendour of the way the Maharajas and Maharanis of the yore lived can be experienced at the three IHCL properties in the city. Built in 1835, Rambagh Palace became the family home of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and Maharani Gayatri Devi in 1933. Rambagh Palace is an elegant blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Today, it is a Taj Palace Hotel. IHCL, known for its sensitive restoration of authentic grand palaces and heritage hotels, put Jaipur on the global tourism map with this iconic palace hotel in 1972. Its elegant rooms, marbled corridors, breezy verandahs and magnificent gardens, planned to mimic the sensual Mughal gardens of yore, tell a story of royal history, heritage, Rajput valour and their impeccable lifestyle.
Painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, Jai Mahal Palace, a stunning work of Indo-Saracenic architecture, is set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. It has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur and now hosts discerning guests. The 94 rooms and six suites offer guests unbeatable views of the city and the palace gardens. It is perfectly located downtown, in the heart of the Pink City, in Civil Lines, and offers access to prime historical sites such as Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and City Palace, which have earned Jaipur its prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site tag.
Equally breath-taking is The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur, with sweeping views of the Aravalli Hills. The former hunting lodge, built in 1930, is an exceptional blend of contemporary design and old-world charm. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, the lush interiors, with its period furniture, antiques and rare artefacts, is perfectly complemented by the beauty of the rugged Aravalli. No wonder it was the favourite getaway of the Maharaja Man Singh and Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, discerning guests enjoy its regal setting and Taj’s warm hospitality.
Experience Jaipur’s vibrant culture, fascinating history and architectural marvels with IHCL’s heritage hotels. If you book for two nights, the third night of the stay will be complimentary until September 30, 2019.