The City Palace in Jaipur is India’s answer to the Buckingham Palace in London. Home to the Rajasthani royals, this 300-year-old emblem of opulence and regal grandeur will be allowing access to its palatial Gudliya Suite via Airbnb from November 23, 2019 onwards.
Situated in the middle of the city, The City Palace was built in 1727 by the founder of Jaipur city Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The Palace, unlike any other in Rajasthan, shines through for having hosted noble dignitaries like Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, and Bill Clinton over the years.
It underlines the best of 18th century Rajput architecture along with the other architecture influences of the later periods. Laid out in a grid pattern with wide avenues, the interiors feature ornate chambers, large and airy perception halls, crystal chandeliers, gilded wall decorations, meticulous carvings, and an internationally recognised museum in the palace complex.
The Gudliya Suite includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool. Your journey will commence with a chauffeur-driven vehicle awaiting your arrival at the airport. A private butler will be assigned to take care of all your special needs including sightseeing, travel arrangements, organise restaurant bookings, and more. A member of the royal family will also accompany you around the city. Tuck into authentic Rajasthani cuisine with a backdrop of the stunning Aravalli hills where peacocks roam freely. You can also tailor your meals as per your needs with options like laal maas, top shelf wine, and champagne.
Like all Airbnb stays, this royal sojourn has a host too – the 21-year-old ace polo-player Sawai Padmanabh Singh who succeeded his grandfather in 2011 as the Maharaja. He is the first Maharaja to offer a stay at his palace on Airbnb, in order to help support the women’s empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, named after his mother.
“I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travelers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others,” stated His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh.
Though the standard price of the Suite is US$8000 (Rs 5,76,000 approx), for the remainder of 2019, guests can book it for an inaugural offer of US$1000 (Rs 75,000 approx). Airbnb will be paying the balance as a contribution to the Foundation. But from January 1 onwards, the Suite will be available for guests to book at full price.
Make your bookings here.
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