I remember this day very clearly. I was a little girl with two pony tails, wearing my pink princess outfit and sport shoes (because hey, I had to jump out of the train) who was extremely excited to visit the Pinky City. I expected to see huge Barbie doll palaces with sparkly chandeliers, baby pink houses with huge polka dots all over it and rumbling old forts painted bright pink. As the taxi started moving from the Jaipur station, I started passing by the city, my imagination faded and was replaced by a sense of wonder. Jaipur was beautiful, far more beautiful than anything my 6 year old mind had come up with and there it hit me. I was in love with the city. I had decided that I was going to grow to be a princess and reside in one of the palaces. To fulfill my dreams, my parents picked out the Taj Rambagh Palace, one of the luxury hotels in Jaipur, for our stay.
|Amer Fort: That’s me in green! Picture credit: Priyada|
A red sandstone beauty; majestic in its grandeur with its unique blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture and fine white marble pavilions is a sight to behold. As a child, I used to run around playing hide and seek with my many cousins and as an adult I learnt to listen to the tour guide to know its colourful history. Built on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of the Eagles) the Amer for also known as the Amber Palace has a secret subterranean passage connecting it to the Jaigarh Fort as an escape route for the royal family during times of the war.
|Jal Mahal, Jaipur Picture credit Nithya|
I had the unique opportunity of visiting the Jal Mahal a few years ago when its restoration was just on the verge of completion. The Jal Mahal, once considered to be a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, had fallen to a state of disrepair until the Government of Rajasthan, in collaboration with a few like-minded individuals, decided to restore it to its former glory. After years of extensive research and back-breaking work, the Jal Mahal, which has four floors under the lake, was made accessible to visitors for a few days.
The first thing I always do is switch off my gadgets except for my camera of course, roll out a beach blanket and bask in the sun. A lot of Goa hotels tend to have access to private beaches and The Zuri White Sands (the hotel I stayed in) was amongst one of them. There is something truly remarkable about staying on the beach all day, dozing off in between, reading your favourite novel and sometimes just staring at the clear blue sky.
Four Points by Sheraton
Located right in the middle of the city, Four Points is perfect for those on a business trip. The airport is just a 15 minute drive away and this I think is one of the highlights for those who have to come to the city for official work. This hotel boasts of ahigh end fitness centre with the best of equipment and when you are feeling hungry after your work out, you can go to their restaurant, The Eatery for some healthy meals. with 104 suites, an ergonomic work station and great internet, business travellers will definitely feel pampered. It is an office away from office for them. 🙂
Contemporary rooms with all the amenities you can ever desire, Novotel is an ideal hotel for both business travellers as well as for those who are on a luxurious holiday. The Square, their all day dining restaurant serves delicious meals and when you feel like it you can go for a dip in their open swimming pool.