Jaipur city is a foremost tourist attraction because of its awe-inspiring forts and magnificent palaces. To truly experience Jaipur, you must stay in a majestic Haveli. I believe in living life king size even if I am travelling on Budget! Here are the 6 reasons why staying in a Haveli is must, if you are travelling to Jaipur:
1. When in Jaipur, do as the Jaipurians do
Experiencing the local culture makes you rich. Visiting the ancient icons like Amer fort or City Palace does little to illuminate the present culture in the city. What adds value to your traveling experience is to understand the everyday life of the people in the city. Staying in a Haveli can be one of the ways to connect with Jaipur. In most of the Havelis, the owners of the Haveli still stay there which makes it more of a home than a hotel.
Walk to your room through the ornately painted archways. The 18th century furniture, crystal chandeliers, teak doors and beautiful courtyards make you feel that you are living a royal life. Stay in a room which is decorated by antique Rajasthani furniture. Watch the katputli puppet show while having Dal baati churma for dinner. Live a king’s life!
2. The Beautiful Shekhawati Architecture
The Shekhawati Havelis were designed in the 18th century or the early 19th century. The architecture of these Havelis draws inspiration from the Amer fort. Experience the Jaipur royalty by staying in one of these Shekhawati Havelis.
3. The Superb Archaic Rooms
The 18th century rooms are beautifully restored in the Jaipur Havelis. The bed, dressing table, cupboards, artwork on the wall, lamps on the study table, the chandeliers and almost everything else in the room is quintessentially Rajasthani.
4. Art and Chandeliers
The Haveli lounges are filled with archaic furniture and teak doors. The hallway is decorated with the paintings, Bani Thani art and other wall decorations. You may also find photographs of generations of Haveli owners. You can observe the other heritage touches scattered throughout the Haveli.
5. Turbaned Rajasthani Service Staff
The turbaned Rajasthani service staff in most of the Haveli’s is courteous and helpful.
6. Pamper yourself
Indulge in an ayurvedic/ herbal spa experience, buy a souvenir, watch a katputli puppet show and pamper yourself. Simply relax and unwind!
Our Stay in Jaipur
We stayed in Alsisar Haveli Jaipur. All photos in the blog are clicked at Alsisar Haveli. A deluxe room in this Haveli will cost close to ₹ 5000 – ₹ 6000 ($75- $90) for 1 night based on the season. Generally rooms are costlier during tourist season i.e. October to February. You may get 15-20% discount if you book online and apply discount coupons.
There are Haveli stays available across price range. I have listed some of the popular Havelis in Jaipur. If you are visiting Jaipur, make sure you choose a Haveli over a hotel.
Above $ 150
- Jai Mahal Palace
- Rambagh Palace
- Raj Palace
- Sujan Rajmahal Palace
$75 to $150 Range
- Alsisar Haveli
- Royal Heritage Haveli
- Samode Haveli
Less than $ 75
- Umaid Mahal – Heritage Style Hotel (It is not a Haveli but the hotel is beautiful)
Few more photos from our stay at Alsisar Haveli Jaipur
Have you stayed in a palace? How was your experience? Was it different compared to a hotel stay?