Rajasthan, which translates as ‘Land of Kings’, is India’s largest state, positively brimming with fortresses, palaces, wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage as well as a fabulous range of Indian hotels. In other words, you can see why it was an important region for Bespoke Hotels to expand its portfolio with beautiful places to stay in this iconic part of the world.
Part of the expanded Bespoke International collection, which reached India in 2016, Rajasthan is known for encompassing the Great Indian Desert, the Aravilli Mountains, as well as national parks and artistic culture, juxtaposed with village life that remains steeped in tradition, as is typical across India. These days for example, turbaned men still barter for camels, before reporting to their other halves about successful deals via iPhone.
Think sweet teas, heat, spice, colour and sounds, saris, turbans and festivals. Rajasthan is all this and much more: an intoxicating combination of sensual experiences, and an experience we were looking to encapsulate with our partnerships in the region, alongside the principles of high standards and guaranteed service, minus the bank-breaking price tags. That is what our partners in our Indian hotels collection, Peppermint Hotels excel in.
Souvenir by Peppermint
At Souvenir by Peppermint for example, you will find a 60-bedroom hotel where each room has been individually designed, with careful attention to contemporary detail and expectations, boasting features including a gym, a rooftop pool and both alfresco and 24-hour dining. It’s on the northern outskirts of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, and is nestled alongside classic tourist attractions including forts, temples and museums.
The 1799 Palace of the Winds is possibly the most recognised building in the area, while the Jantar Mantar Observatory with its 27-metre sundial is definitely worth a visit. Alongside this, The Monkey Temple, a holy Hindi temple with three sacred pools all overtaken by thousands of monkeys swimming and bathing is quite a sight to behold. On a more contemporary note, Elefantastic, which opened in 2012 to promote the wellbeing of elephants, is also understandably popular. All of these give an indication of the diversity of experiences in the area.
Hotel Gandharva by Peppermint
In central Jaipur, on the other hand, is Hotel Gandharva by Peppermint. Another modern hotel, it boasts 43 rooms and a location conveniently close to both the airport and railway station. The hotel manages to capture the colour and character of this beautiful city with shocks of orange in contemporary soft furnishings and design alongside lots of natural light, dark wood fixtures and marble.
The hotel is in the heart of the ‘pink city’, thus named because of the trademark colour of its 18th century buildings. So it’s within easy reach of attractions including the 16th century Amber Fort and Palace, a red and white sandstone palace built by one of the first war chiefs Man Singh. Alternatively, visit the Jal Mahal water palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, a most serene sight amidst the chaos of the city, and once the shooting lodge of the Maharajah. Its light sandstone walls contrast beautifully with lush foliage and the blue of the water, embodying the majesty of India, which ultimately is what life here is all about.
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