Philippa has been a specialist in travel to India for twenty years. She has been responsible for establishing Indian divisions for various UK based travel companies including Ampersand Travel, Real Holidays and Experience Travel Group. She has lived in India for over ten years and has consulted for various hotels and Indian DMC’s. She is passionate about showcasing ‘A Different India,’ beyond the mainstream destinations. She established Indian Experiences in order to provide consultancy services to the Indian travel trade. The team works with hotels in India, DMC’s and UK Tour Operators in order to enhance their experiential offerings, service levels, product development, content and social media. She also has a blog about India, www.memsahibinindia.com and in addition contributes articles to the Times of India travel website, www.happytrips.com as well as for their print publication and MINT.
Gwen began her career in the travel industry in 1998 at Real Holidays in London, a privately owned agency specializing in experiential, bespoke worldwide travel, where she headed the Product Team for the Sri Lanka and India portfolio. In 2010 she moved to Sri Lanka where she was responsible for re-establishing Banyan Lanka Tours in Colombo in the immediate aftermath of the war. She then took over the product development, sales and marketing for Borderlands Lanka, an experiential based activity hotel before finally heading up the marketing and product team at Sri Lanka in Style. In in 2016 she moved to India where she was instrumental in the pre-and post opening of Rakkh Resort, an experiential, boutique resort located in Himachal. Gwen’s strengths lie in curating guest experiences for hotels, marketing strategies and social campaigns.
Neha Arora, is the founder of Planet Abled, an organization which provides accessible and inclusive travel solutions for people with different disabilities. Born to parents with disabilities and the personal challenging experiences they faced when travelling, she realized a huge gap existed in this area, as no travel companies or hotels in India were geared up to cater for people with disabilities.
With a totally un utilized degree up her sleeve Neha started her career with companies like HCL, Nokia & Adobe before taking the plunge to start Planet Abled. Based on the concept of Universal Design, Planet Abled now offers accessible and inclusive experiences across 30 destinations in India (and counting!). Each of the trips that Planet Abled curates is completely tailormade for each disability.
Neha has joined Indian Experiences as a consultant to assist travel companies as well as hotel and resorts to create disabled friendly travel destinations and experiences throughout India.
Planet Abled also organizes an annual Access2Travel conference where all stakeholders meet on one platform and work together to make India a barrier free travel destination for all.
Presenting manicured gardens and beautiful Indian architecture, the luxurious Rambagh Palace was the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Now a luxurious hotel, it features an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as full spa services.
Spacious air-conditioned rooms are decorated with rich textures, elegant carpets and hand-painted wall motifs. A flat-screen TV, personal safe and minibar are included in all rooms. Modern bathrooms have a walk-in shower and separate bathtub.
Relaxing massage can be enjoyed at Jiva Grande Spa. Guests can also practise yoga with experienced gurus or exercise at the gym. The palace butlers can help guests arrange vintage horse-drawn carriage rides every evening. Free on-site parking is provided.
The pink city of Jaipur wears a refreshing, delightful look, head to Rambagh Palace to spend quality time with family and friends. The marbled corridors, opulent suites and majestic gardens of Rambagh Palace have a story to tell. The Jiva Grande Spa provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to experience holistic Indian treatments ranging from Indian aromatherapy massages, body scrubs and wrap, royal baths and signature treatments from Royal Houses.
The forts and palaces of Rajasthan are magnificent, regal and gorgeous.
Wake up to witness peacocks dancing and strolling in the lush green gardens. Pamper yourself with a lavish massage or a dip in a pool. The palace stay in Rajasthan is a timeless, glamourous, gracious and royal experience as it takes you back to a bygone era of idyllic luxury, once the sole preserve of kings.
Jaipur: The pink city of Jaipur wears a refreshing, delightful look, head to Rambag ..
• 2 Grand Presidential Suites Suryavanshi Suite & Sukh Niwas are the epitome of luxury with exquisite rich textured drapes and fabrics, chandeliers, arched windows and embellishments creating an ambiance of sheer luxury and decadence. Renowned international celebrities and heads of states have had memorable stay experiences in these suites overlooking the manicured gardens of the palace.
• 3 Grand Royal Suites Originally part of the private chambers of the royal family, these grand luxurious suites have been carefully restored to preserve the original architectural style of the Palace. From the richly-textured furnishings to the arched French windows that frame splendid garden views, Maharani, Rajmata Gayatri Devi Sute and Prince’s Suites exude a stately elegance reserved for a chosen few.
• 5 Royal Suites The Royal Suites exuding luxury and grandeur have a large bedroom, a sitting area & garden view. These themed suites built around a grand design on lines of Peacock, Sawai Man Singh Suite, Pothikhana , Badal Mahal and Rang Niwas display rich silks and delicate artwork and create a spectrum of colours that infuse the suite with a warm glow and regal ambience where guests can relive history or be mesmerised by its sheer opulence.
• 23 Historical Suites The Historical Suites have a distinctive style. There is a choice of new and contemporary suites as well as the original theme-based suites such as Mountbatten Suite and Pothikhana. Rich with memories of a bygone era, historical suites recreate an old world mystique and provide an oasis of calm.
• 41 Palace Rooms The Palace rooms are retreat for the senses, rich in terms of textures and colors; each Palace room has been redesigned for comfort and is unique in style.
• 5 Luxury Rooms The Luxury rooms open onto a courtyard which overlooks the sprawling front lawns that further expands to the Moti Doongari fort.
Four-poster beds, walk-in wardrobes and spacious bathrooms cocoon guests into the palatial experience. Some suites and rooms have a separate sitting area and are overlooking gardens or inner courtyard. Bath areas have bath tubs with individual shower cubicles. The rooms are provided with a mini bar, Elsafe, tea/coffee maker, hair dryer.
Rajasthan evokes images of erstwhile royalty, a history steeped in princely living and legends. Here one is transported back in time to relive Rajput history. The romance of Rajasthan comes alive at Rambagh Palace Rambagh Palace is a living legend in Jaipur. A palace veiled in the mists of time to narrate an interesting story. Built in 1835 on a modest scale for the queen’s favourite handmaiden Kesar Badaran, and later refurbished as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, the mansion was renamed Rambagh, after the then reining Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. His grandson, prince Sawai Man Singh II, was brought here on his accession in 1922. In those years princely living entailed having a school for the prince within the premises, so a private school was set up for a few chosen sons of aristocracy, to escape the confines of the city palace.
Sawai Man Singh II later went to England to finish his studies. While in England he often dreamt of making Rambagh his official residence and palace. On his return he began actualizing his dream by converting Rambagh into the magnificent palace it is today, with neat manicured gardens, drawing inspiration from Mughal and Rajasthani styles of architecture. In 1925, Rambagh Palace became the permanent residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Rambagh remained the home of Rajasthan’s Royalty until 1957, when it was first converted into a luxury hotel run by the royal family. In 1972, the palace’s management was handed over to Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Over the years Rambagh has played gracious host to several illustrious guests, royalty and celebrities such as Lord Louis Mountbatten, who has a suite named after him, Prince Charles, Jacqueline Kennedy and several others Continuing in the tradition of the Rajputana hospitality Rambagh Place offers a Royal Experience, which is truly unique. At Rambagh Palace, each wall, each room, each corridor and garden has a story to tell.
Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja.
The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Within this most glorious of palaces showcasing the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage, you also experience the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur.
Enjoy a royal Indian feast at Suvarna Mahal, the former palace ballroom built in the 18th-century French style with huge crystal chandeliers. For multi-cuisine options, head to Rajput Room, our all-day-dining restaurant, or Verandah Café. Find Mediterranean delights at the lounge bar, Steam, or unwind in the sophisticated charm of the Polo Bar, with the trophies and memorabilia of the Jaipur polo team on display.
Take your royal retreat a notch further by indulging in signature treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa, where we envelop you in ancient Indian wellness therapies. Harmonise your mind and body with yoga and meditation.
With the exquisite palace offering a scenic backdrop, our large selection of indoor and outdoor venues along with the Sawai Man Singh Function Centre are ideal for royal destination weddings and business events in Jaipur. Complemented by the craft of our master chefs and impeccable service, the luxury palace offers the perfect package for once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.
Over the years, it has played gracious host to several illustrious guests, such as Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Charles and Jacqueline Kennedy. We invite you to experience, like they have, the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality.
Come, hear the stories of ‘The Jewel of Jaipur’.