If you have a deep fascination for history and wondered how the maharajas of old lived, you will definitely be interested in Airbnb’s latest luxury listing: the 300-year-old City Palace of Jaipur.
Starting from 23 November, the home of Jaipur’s Royal Family will be accessible to outside guests for the first time as they will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, that includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool.
Guests will be looked after by a private butler and guide who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed on a terrace offering an amazing view of the surrounding Aravalli hills and forts overlooking the palace, and peaceful afternoon tea can be had in the company of the resident peacocks who live in the Palace’s lush gardens.
The suite is located within one of the private sections of the palace that was used for the royals and their special guests. Speaking of guests, the palace has played host to a number of famous dignitaries including Princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and Jackie Kennedy.
Located in the heart of Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, the City Palace is steeped in history and was built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and still houses the city’s royal family today. In fact, this listing was initiated by His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh to help support rural women and artisans in Rajasthan as part of the initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation.
“I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travellers 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.
Within the City Palace, guests will be able to admire the intricately decorated ornate chambers, large and airy reception halls, crystal chandeliers and gilded wall decorations.
In addition, guests of the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will be provided with an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family.
For the remainder of 2019, the Gudliya Suite, priced at USD8,000 (MYR33,224) per night, will be available to book on select nights at a special inaugural offer of USD1,000 (MYR4,153) per night, with Airbnb paying the balance amount for each booking as a contribution to the Foundation. From January 1st onwards, the Suite will be available for guests to book at the full USD8,000 rate.
The Gudliya Suite will be available for stays starting November 23. To make a booking, guests can visit the Airbnb website now.