The India Guide

Covering Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Delhi, Goa & Day Trips

A Compilation of My Opinions & Photos

Below is a diary of my favorite spots in India, my recommendations and photos I've snapped along the way. It is based on four visits (about 3 months total) in the last year. I have only included places I personally have been and all the photography is my own. There are many more spots I want to visit, so the guide will continue to evolve. I hope you find it helpful. Xx - Sara

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Jaipur

The home of blockprint, Jaipur aka "The Pink City", is my favorite city to spend extended amounts of time in in India. In addition to a bustling cultural scene, incredible architecture and palaces, the city is also home to some of the best hotels and restaurants in India.

Jaipur Hotels

There are countless fabulous hotels in Jaipur, many with amazing restaurants and bars as well! I've noted which ones I've stayed at and also which are worth just popping by for dinner or a drink!

Rajmahal Palace RAAS

Built in 1729 by a royal family the Rajmahal Palace has since been transformed into a hotel that looks like it was designed by Wes Anderson. This 13 room hotel is where Art Deco meets opulence, complete with stellar service. It's also conveniently located in the middle of Jaipur.

Villa Palladio

The city hotel to one of my favorite restaurants, Bar Palladio is a brand new gracious country estate, Villa Palladio. A fantastic jewel-box of a hotel, there is nothing like it in the world. Note, this property is outside of Jaipur's city center making it both a lovely escape but also a bit of a drive to get to the best of Jaipur.

28 Kothi

Located in the middle of Jaipur, 28 Kothi is a perfect hotel for travels who don't want to break the bank, but are seeking an intimate and personal experience. The staff and restaurant at this property are both fabulous. I highly recommend Cafe Kothi even if you're not staying at the property! It is the sister property to the very cool Johri hotel.

The Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvillas is a sprawling, beautifully landscaped property with magical architecture and gardens, complete with flaming torches and reflection pools. From the moment you arrive at this property you'll be blown away. Note: it is outside of the city, so a bit of drive to get to the action. That said, it is a peaceful retreat away from the hustle of Jaipur.

The Leela Palace Jaipur

The Leela is a "modern palace" unlike so many hotels that are built in actual former royal palaces. It's a resort-like experience, but about an hour from Jaipur so not somewhere I would recommend if you want to be able to easily experience authentic Jaipur. When I stayed here I added it on to a trip with the intention of just staying at the property for two days.

Rambagh Palace

If budget is not an issue and you're seeking the royal treatment, Rambagh Palace is the spot. Peacocks run wild on the grounds and vintage cars circle the property. This property is open to the public and has a fabulous veranda and lawn for drinks or lunch, along with more formal dining options for dinner. I prefer it for an al fresco lunch.

Jaipur

What To See

City Palace Jaipur

City Palace is still occupied by Jaipur's royal family. I recommend opting for the upgraded ticket that includes a private tour of some of rooms that are otherwise closed to the public, they were by far the most beautiful, including some that are still used by the royal family. The tour concludes at a private rooftop café with amazing views.

Hawa Mahal

You will likely drive by Hawa Mahal at some point during your stay in Jaipur, as it's located on a very busy main road. If you can manage to pull over and dodge the traffic it's even more beautiful up close.

Amber Palace

Amber Palace is another beautiful Palace worth visiting. I didnt think a guide was necessary here as you can easily explore all the rooms and corridors on your own. It's mostly outdoors and involves some walking so be sure to wear sneakers!

Jaipur Restaurants

The Johri

The Johri might be one of my favorite meals in Jaipur! The gorgeous restaurant is unassuming, hidden off streets only accessible by foot. It reminded me of the riads in the medinas in Morocco which it turns out the owners were inspired by. The Johri is also a five room hotel and the sister property to 28 Kothi.

Bar Palladio

You must go to Bar Palladio if you're in Jaipur! It's pure blue eye candy and the vibe is as trendy as the decor! But still the Italian food and cocktails they serve up is are delicious. If you opt for a table outside be sure to take a swing through the gorgeous bar inside as well.

Baridari

Baridari is located at City Palace in Jaipur with entrances from both the palace side and a more accessible back entrance. There is a very cool juxtaposition of a modern glass bar structure inside the historic walls of the City Palace. I loved the energy of this restaurant (even on a rainy night) and thought the pizza was delicious too!

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Jodhpur

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