Royal Raj

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - by Ekta Mar­waha

For a quick, in­dul­gent es­cape from the city; head straight to the re­cently launched Fair­mont Ho­tel in Jaipur. Sum­mer is not the best weather to visit the Pink City, but this mag­nif­i­cent prop­erty makes for a pleas­ant stay.

As you near the build­ing, glimpses from his­tory books come to life— a dur­baan opens the huge wooden gates and lets you in­side this grand Ra­jputana- style palace. Trum­pets play to an­nounce your ar­rival, fol­lowed by a tikka cer­e­mony. The lush green lawns dress the ex­te­ri­ors— Fair­mont Ho­tels looks like a re­stored her­itage prop­erty. Once you’re done feast­ing

your eyes, a concierge will ac­com­pany you till the room. There are more than 200 rooms in this ho­tel and each look alike— sim­ple yet stylish. In­flu­ences of Mughal ar­chi­tec­ture, block print on walls, hand wo­ven rugs, a deluxe bath, and a view of the Araval­lis; all this makes you want to un­wind in the room it­self and re­cover from the mad­den­ing city life.

Freshen up and grab a bite at their multi- cui­sine diner Zoya. Soft in­stru­men­tal mu­sic plays in the back­drop and trans­ports you to an­other world. Re­lax by the pool­side, take a quick dip or flex those tired mus­cles with a spa ther­apy. Spend the day in­doors, and as the sun sets, you could go around in the all ter­rain bikes or visit the nearby his­tor­i­cal forts and palaces. The near­est is Amer Fort, lo­cated at a dis­tance of 10 min­utes from the ho­tel. . Get back in time for din­ner and en­joy a tra­di­tional Ra­jasthani meal set out­doors with live folk mu­sic. If time per­mits, do make a quick stop to the city and shop for the beau­ti­ful leheriyas and band­ha­nis. Tar­iff Rs 7,000 on­wards At 2, Riico Kukas, Jaipur; fair­mont. com/ jaipur

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