Do you know about Taj Hotels? I knew of them before this year but I didn’t KNOW OF THEM. Now that I have been to three Taj Hotels properties in India, something about my life will never be the same again. Read on to find out why….
I was a guest of Taj Hotels for the stays referenced here. I was not compensated for sharing this information with you nor was I required to & all opinions plus images are my own.
I think ‘Luxury Travel’ is a term that has within it a sort of sliding scale in terms of what that really is and what it is not. Most days I am not even sure I could securely define it. I just know most of my travel experience of the last few years is more luxury than not and I know it’s what I prefer. So that’s why I was so honored and excited to be asked by Taj Hotels to be a guest on a trip that would visit three of their properties in India. They’re known for having in their portfolio TRUE ‘luxury hotels.’
Taj Hotels Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
From the state of Maharashtra, we flew to Rajasthan to check into our next Taj Hotels property in the “Pink City” of Jaipur: Rambagh Palace. Our welcome included the most extraordinary collection of surprises, live music and of course champagne. It was a royal welcome befitting the property’s status as a former palace.
Most special to me, since I love old cars so much, were two vintage vehicles from the collection of the Maharajah. Not long after check in, we took a spin around the grounds in a blue 1937 Ford convertible at Golden Hour. Warm wind in our hair, gleaming light bathing the stunning facade of Rambagh Palace, peacocks casually strolling the grounds around us and sounding their mating calls with a cerulean sky overhead — it was the epitome of magical “Incredible India.”
I loved seeing the ombré flame of our driver’s turban in front of me as we drove. Such a perfect contrast. The way men tie turbans, the color for various occasions and the material varies all across India. In Rajasthan it’s quite typical to see a longer tail of fabric hanging down the back and a sort of feather effect on top, just to one side.
Like a few other Taj properties across the country, Rambagh Palace is a former residence of the Maharaja. In this case, the Maharaja of Jaipur. The vintage cars are from his collection and they aren’t the only thing fit for royalty at this magnificent hotel. From the welcome you receive, including the musicians, to the food you can pick from the garden with the head Chef before a picnic in a gazebo trailing with jasmine….everything makes you feel like royalty yourself. Or at least I did!
While the land the complex occupies has hosted structures since 1835, it was only in the early 20th century that a palace was constructed based on the designs of Sir Samuel Swindon Jacob. The palace built in the midst of acres upon acres of gardens, filled with peacocks – then remained the home of Jaipur’s royalty until 1957. Like our first stop in Mumbai though, it was again the level of service that I appreciated most at this property.
Unpretentious and incredibly kind, the service made me feel almost instantly at home. I was very sad to leave Rambagh Palace. I think we all were!
The start of our journey in Mumbai already blew my two other trips to India out of the water but our last stop showed me that it can always get better even if that seems impossible… Stay tuned for Part 3 in this series about Taj Hotels Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
I use the term ‘to die for’ in relation to these properties not because that’s a phrase that I think should be used lightly. Rather, I use it because that’s the phrase that kept popping into my head every day that we were guests of Taj Hotels in India.