We were three sisters and our husbands from South Africa on a trip to India. We chose the Diggi Palace in Jaipur for it's garden - a calm sanctuary teeming with birds (hoopoos, peacocks, parrots, plovers - even kites) in the heart of the city. ( Johari and Bapu Bazaars are particularly MAD - chaotic, frenetic and jam-packed with vehicles and people and touts - plus the odd cow or two!)
But the Diggi provided more than that: yes the grounds are tranquil, the rooms, patios and courtyards cool and spacious, service good and al fresco meals a delight. However it was the extra dimension that made our stay special - more so perhaps for a foreign visitor. It is a haveli - we might say a princely manor-house complex, and the extended family who still own and run it are proud to share their rich traditions. Photographs, fabric art and wonderful pieces of antique furniture are placed so guests can enjoy them; walls and architectural features are stencilled/painted with interesting designs - even the double doors to our bathroom boasted beautiful stained glass panels.
Shakti Singh is the nephew, a friendly welcoming chap who joined us on our first evening. Subsequently we met his children and also the lovely owners - a warm refined couple from whom we gleaned some understanding of Rajasthani social structures and responsibilities. Most of the staff are from rural villages connected to the owner's family; they are kind, friendly and keen to please, and told us proudly of "their' dairy behind the house right in the heart of the city!
If you plan to visit India, make a special trip to Jaipur to see the Amber Fort/Palace, the Pink City Palace and be sure to stay at the Diggi Palace Hotel for several days.
*Fridge and kettle in room
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Diggi Palace is an oasis in the heart of Rajasthan's famous Pink City of Jaipur. Surrounded by acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this converted haveli built in the 1860s is a haven of peace and tranquility located 5 minutes from the bustling Old Walled City of Jaipur.Owned by the Thakurs of Diggi who occupy the main house to this date, Diggi Palace offers visitors a unique taste of Royal Rajasthani Hospitality combined with facilities which include a Multi-Cuisine Restaurant, Royal Gala Dinners, Internet Access, Money Exchange,Swimming Pool, Ayurvedic Massage, Excursions, Jeep / Camel Safaris, Horse-Riding & Yoga. Its 70 rooms, each with its own unique character, range from cottages facing the lawns to luxurious AC doubles with en suite bathrooms set around courtyards & gardens."...drove in through an arched gate into a short driveway...large leafy garden...polite porters...family property of the diggi thakurs...happy feel about it...bright yellow and blue painted walls...pleasant lighting...courtyard where a couple of pre-dinner hours were happily spent...cheerful rooms, clean functional, frills-free bathrooms...quite enough space to spread about...hungry from wandering around, we tucked gratefully into soup, parathas, tikkas, biryani and raita...breakfast...in the charming terracewith bougainvillea draped over our shoulders...fortified ourselves with crepes and coffee...a world away from the chaos...this place breeds cultish loyalty...high number of returnee guests...some stay for long periods of time...great option for a stay in a heritage setting in Jaipur..." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diggi Palace Hotel Jaipur
- Diggi Palace Jaipur