Monday, 14 December 2009

Alsisar Haveli- Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Hi all! Back in Sydney safely and can now finally get back to blogging so I can share some of my India trip highlights with you :)

Here are some pictures from Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. Jaipur is known as the pink city because of the many pink palaces and historical sites. Pink is also considered to be the colour of welcome and hospitality.

There are few places in the world where one can visit a city and stay in a palace instead of a regular hotel - Jaipur is one of those places, and staying at a heritage haveli made our time in Jaipur very special indeed. It has been special for another reason - see, the royal family in ownership of the haveli is in residence along beside us. But let me explain how this is possible... Before the British arrived in India, the country comprised many princely states, and within those there were princely regions/areas. So for example, where there is the King and Queen of all of Rajasthan, there is also the royal family of specific areas within the state. So anyway, this is how it was before the British arrived. And the royals' income would have come primarily from taxes. But when the British came the royals had to give up their royal powers, but were permitted to hold onto their titles. But to make a living (no more tax income!), many have opened up what would have been private palaces to the tourism trade.

So if you are visiting Jaipur, my recommendation is to skip the big 5 star establishments and head for a heritage hotel like this one - it will make for a very memorable stay. http://www.alsisarhaveli.com/

Private courtyard

Dining hall & restaurant

Swimming pool
After dinner puppet show
Bye for now!
Ladybird x

37 comments:

  1. Welcome back and thank you for sharing that idea of staying in a heritage hotel! I would love to visit India one day and to stay in a heritage hotel that looks like that and have that little bit of history with you to take away is amazing!

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  2. What an amazing place to stay!

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  3. Wow, true opulence and how special that people get to share in it! Hope you had a wonderful time with many sightseeing and eating adventures, and can't wait to hear about them all =) Happy new year, Ladybird!

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  4. I've never been to India and it's great to see your photos! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. hi,
    am glad that u enjoyed ur stay in Jaipur.. take care and thank you for recommending people to visit Jaipur and for the information you recommended..
    Ashish

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  7. I have seen this haveli in few indian movies and it looks really good, a true royal haveli I must say. Thank you for the virtual tour here

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