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