My husband and I stayed in one of the Courtyard Rooms at Khatu Haveli for 4 nights. This was our first time together in Jaipur and we eschewed staying at a 5 star hotel to stay at this family run BnB. We could not have made a better choice! Khatu Haveli is run by Brigadier Amar Singh and his lovely family. When we arrived at Khatu Haveli, we knew we had discovered something special. The Haveli is Mr.Singh's family home and has been around for about 150 years. The Haveli has been recently restored with beautiful mirror work and traditional courtyards and wall decorations. Our room was nice, clean and comfortable and with a large bathroom attached. However the best part of our stay was the warm and generous hospitality showered upon us by the Singh family. Every night we were served the choicest Rajasthani dishes - each meal was better than the last one! The family would sit down for the meal with us and we would share our daily escapades with them. Breakfast was as per choice and every night we could pre-order a breakfast of our choice. Mr and Mrs Singh arranged a car for our sight seeing. Since they are old timers, they gave us some good sight seeing and shopping tips which we would not have figured out using our guide books. Come new year's eve, the family invited us for their celebrations. We had an amazing evening gorging on traditional meat barbeque, drinking and dancing. We were really made to feel like we were a part of Mr. Singh's family. When we were settling our bill, we felt very odd paying them cash as our stay at Khatu haveli felt as if we had stayed with our relatives. Khatu Haveli is located inside the old city walls of Jaipur. The old city is quaint and charming but also has narrow lanes and can be quite, as some might put it, "characterful". Let this not put you off. The Haveli itself is very peaceful and quiet and is a slice of real India!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Khatu Haveli was built in mid 19th Century. Since then, six generations of the Khatu family have lived in the magnificent Haveli.Khatu Haveli was built by Thakur Sobhag Singh. (Thakur is the title given to the ruler of the fiefdom) His son, Thakur Hari Singh was the Commander in Chief and Chief of Police in Jaipur during the pre-independence era; his only surviving grandson amongst six brothers, Brigadier Amar Singh and his wife Sushma Singh presently run a portion of the Heritage Haveli as a small boutique property. A haveli is a structure typically built around a courtyard. A large haveli comprises of two or more such structures with the courtyards interconnected. Khatu Haveli comprises of three spectacular courtyards and like most haveli's is characterized by magnificent arches, verandas, galleries and terraces. ... more less
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