A bindi on the forehead and a cold towel welcome your arrival at Shahpura Haveli, an extravagant 300-year-old palace-turned-hotel. Lose yourself amid bougainvillea-covered courtyards, wander around a myriad of narrow staircases and archways, and admire the sepia photographs of the royal family who once lived here. With only five suites to choose from, attentive and courteous staff available 24/7, and two Rajasthani restaurants serving up traditional delicacies, you’ll feel like royalty at Shahpura Haveli.
- With only five suites, the palace has an exclusive, regal ambiance
- Enjoy a drink on Shahpura Haveli’s candlelit rooftop terrace as you watch the sunset
- Dine like a king or queen at the on-site Chandra Mahal restaurant with a traditional Rajasthani feast
- Take a day trip to Jaipur and marvel at all the Pink City has to offer
- Experience the beauty of the Thar Desert on a camel safari, and camp overnight under a star-studded sky
Set in the sleepy town of Shahpura, Shahpura Haveli is a natural stopping-off point between Jaipur and Delhi, and offers a blissful haven from the dense crowds, pushy traders, and heavy traffic of India’s busier cities.
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The regal opulence that characterizes much of Shahpura Haveli continues into the five suites that exude imperial-like décor. Whitewashed walls showcase the beautiful dark wood period furnishings, while polished marble floors strewn with plush ornate carpets, intricately hand-carved wooden beds, and patterned throws add to the luxurious atmosphere. Enjoy a cup of tea in your own private courtyard, and admire the views of the mountains and nearby Shahpura Fort.
There is a 24-hour front desk available with helpful staff ready to assist with your needs, day or night. You can also access the on-site business center, as well as dry cleaning and ironing services. There is also a daily maid service.
With glittering crystal chandeliers, striking tiled floor, columns, and gilded archways, the Chandra Mahal restaurant is like a throwback to the days of the Raj, while the rooftop restaurant is more relaxed, serving up Asian and European dishes.
Chandra Mahal – Specializing in royal Rajasthani delicacies, the menu features some of the state’s most well-known dishes, including the ever-present dal baati churma. Another unmissable favorite is laal maas, essentially a spicy-meat curry served up with plenty of freshly made naan bread.
The Terrace Restaurant – Sit on the alfresco rooftop terrace under the twinkling stars and choose from a selection of European and Asian dishes.
Lounge in your plush bed or peruse the old sepia-tinted hunting trip photographs of the royal family who once called the Shahpura Haveli home. Soak up the sun in your private courtyard with a cold drink or pot of tea, and appreciate the tranquility that comes with the palace’s relative remoteness.
Visit Shahpura’s Old Bazaar and haggle for Indian handicrafts, antique silverwork, and traditional leather mojaris (embroidered or embellished leather shoes), or have mehndi — an ancient form of body art — applied to your hands. For a true taste of the desert, head out into the wilderness on an unforgettable camel safari.
The hotel is situated in the center of Shahpura, a quiet town around 40 miles north of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India’s most northerly state. Jaipur is the third corner of India’s Golden Triangle, along with Agra and Delhi, and Shahpura Haveli is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of some of the bigger cities.
Jaipur International Airport is 45 mi / 73 km away.
The Shahpura Haveli offers a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service to the airport.