Short time well spent in Jaipur at ITC RajputanaSmriti Saxena
At 1’o clock in the night, Gaurav announced “it calls for a special celebration”, as we all raised a toast. Occasion was special enough as his childhood friend Mintoo had bought a new Audi. Gaurav like a true Punjabi wanted to have a larger celebration than just getting drunk at a Gurgaon pub or a brewery.
After being few pegs down, Mintoo said, “ bro let’s drive to Jaipur”, without even thinking for a second all four of us got into the car and in no time we were on Jaipur highway. As the night made its way to a beautiful dawn, we got closer to our destination every minute.
“Yes sir. We have two rooms available at the moment but it’s only for two nights.” Our google search had directed us to the hotel. We were looking for a place in the middle of the city’s historic centre.
Nice! Both Mo and I exclaimed at the same time. A mini fountain in the middle, beautiful latticed central marble staircase in the lobby with public spaces leading off from the reception, it looked so classy like a royal Rajasthani haveli. The entire decor and architecture was beautiful.
“We have given you a Rajputana Royal room. Please enjoy your stay.” She smiled as she handed over our room keys. On our way to the rooms we noticed some gorgeous antique Rajasthani artefact such as the big trunk (suitcase, sandook in hindi), carved doors etc.
The tasteful interiors theme was well translated in the rooms as well. Royal beds, beautiful cutlery, classy crockery, the linens, curtains everything just matched the ambience and the feel of the hotel so perfectly.
As I drew the curtains apart, an enticing blue pool invited us to play.After relaxing for a while we advanced towards pool area. We first took a halt at Jharokha, the wooden deck lounge that offered interesting views of the pool. The red brick building with pool in the middle and so much of greenery looked quite soothing and impressive.
There was table tennis set up and at one side there were stairs that led to the spa.We played table tennis for some time and late we dived in the pool. The rest of the day was spent in local sightseeing followed by a wonderful dinner at Peshawari.
Live Rajasthani folk music and the sight of people dancing right in the morning was a happy feeling. This musical welcome was quite energising before at the JalMahal, where the breakfast buffet was laid out.
The breakfast spread included a diverse mix from Indian to international options. They were serving north Indian, south Indian delicacies and also offered choices such as the miso, congee, clear chicken broth, dimsums, European cold cuts, a big variety of cheese and breads etc. I really enjoyed their almond meal and finger millet pancakes with aloe vera, blackcurrant and rambutan.
Our stay was quite comfortable and we had a wonderful time at ITC Rajputana. The staff, service and food everything was just perfect.
|TS says||As the name says, ITC – the ITC Rajputana offers culinary excellence and breathtaking art and architecture leave visitors spoilt for choice.|
|Where to eat||Peshawari, Chandravanshi and JalMahal|
|What else||The green credentials of the chain as a whole are so good, that they boast the highest number of LEED® Platinum Certified properties, and are recognised as the ‘Greenest Luxury Hotel Chain in the World’.
It’s in downtown Jaipur, quite literally around the corner from the railway station and 14km from the airport.
|Would I go again?||For sure|
|TS ratings||Visit rating: 4.5 /5|