Located midway between Jaipur and Udaipur on a 45-acre estate, the elegant Shahpura Bagh is the ancestral home of Shahpura’s ruling family. The current Raja still lives in part of the property and a family member welcomes every guest on arrival, giving the property the feeling of a homestay, albeit a rather regal one!
The sizable suites are exquisitely decorated in a classic Raj-era style with a minimalist, modern edge; expect four-poster beds, roll top baths and old Kashmiri carpets in high-ceilinged spaces. Guests can enjoy traditional family meals, home cooked by the head chef (who has worked for the household for three generations) either in the dining room or under a mango tree on the lawn. Take time to explore the hotel’s lush, gentle surroundings, then return to while away the hours on a daybed by the pool - one of Rajasthan’s largest - with a book, and a few samosas to snack on.
In the heart of the sweeping Rajasthan countryside, Shahpura Bagh lies between Udaipur and Jaipur - around a 5-hour drive from Jaipur airport - making it the ideal halfway stopping point.
Outdoor heated pool
Pilate and yoga
Bird-watching and walking trails
A luxurious hidden gem in Rajasthan’s countryside, where royalty are just a few doors away - literally!
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For a truly unique experience, head over to nearby Dhikola Fort (also owned by the family), which overlooks Aravalli Hills in a picturesque, rustic village. Enjoy a private champagne dinner to celebrate a special occasion or just pop in for a casual sundowner. Watch out after dark for the cauldron of bats flying away from the Fort - it’s certainly a sight you won’t forget!
Enjoy traditional Rajasthani home-cooked food prepared over a wood fire - a food-lover’s fantasy. The head chef has perfected and refined homemade recipes over generations of working for the family, and uses fresh organic ingredients which are grown on the grounds. Guests can even learn to create some of the dishes themselves in a personal masterclass with the chef.
When you’re not relaxing by the pool or learning new skills in the kitchen, visit the nearby village of Dhikhol and its majestic fort, experience a taste of rural Indian life on a jeep drive, or go boating and bird spotting on one of the man-made lakes - over 150 species of bird have made their home in the surrounding wetlands. Just make sure you’re back in time for poolside sundowner drinks...
Giving back to the community is an important part of the Shahpura Bagh ethos. In addition to employing the majority of staff from nearby villages, the Shahpura family have ongoing projects that assist with the education and health care of neighbouring communities.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.