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“A calm retreat after Jaipur” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bijay Niwas Palace
Ranked #13 of 47 Hotels in Ajmer
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A calm retreat after Jaipur”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

We had one night here on the route from Jaipur to Jodphur. This hotel was the epitome of calm after the bustle of the city. Excellent hospitality. The room was rather quirky with more light switches than Blackpool, old furniture, but a good bathroom and very comfortable bed. The food was good.
The grounds were good and although we sat by the pool didn't go in.
We had an of cart trip to the local village, and meeting local farmers and sharing their experiences was great. Their vegetable plots put ours to shame.
Don't change a thing.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tony P
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

We loved this palace, the staff were great and the food was good but the location makes it superb. It makes it a great stopover between Jaipur and Udaipur. The building is an old Maharajah's hunting lodge so obviously isn't as pristine as a modern hotel but that is what makes it so special, it was certainly very clean for us and the beds and bathrooms were fantastic and the pool idyllic. If you want a tranquil rest on a hectic tour of Rajasthan then I would thoroughly recommend this hotel - make sure you ask to go on the bullock cart ride to the nearby village where you will be welcomed by a lot of happy kids and a cup of chai!! Staying here you can really get a feel for the life of the Raj, it's a wonderful experience.

Stayed July 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

I absolutely loved my stay at the Bijay Niwas Palace Hotel at Ajmer.

The Hotel set in acres of greenery with beautiful trees, fountains and stately buildings were awesome and charming. The calls of the peacock and the tranquil atmosphere was great. Very calming and interesting.

The suites were clean, spacious, beautiful, royal and most charming. The family portraits, pictures and artifacts displayed helped us get a peek into an era of opulence, hospitality and beauty.

The staff were helpful, caring and assisted us tremendously making our trip truly memorable. The stories of the past was completely appreciated. Loved the food. All in all a very good experiance.

Woulod definitely come back again, many more times.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Elizabeth M
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Karlsruhe, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had a very nice and warm welcome at Bijay Niwas Palace. The staff was very friendly and courteous and the rooms had nice "old times"-charm as thy seem to be mostly in their original condition and not modernized. This fact may be a point to criticize - you could keep the original charm even when replacing the old electrical sockets and putting a safe into the cupboard etc.

The hotel lies in middle of nowhere (to be precise, it is surrounded by fields of mustard and guava trees, the next tiny village is a 20 minute walk away) so it is really calm and the perfect place to relax - the only sound you hear are those of the peacocks and other birds.
Mr. Bhanwar Singh Rathore gave us a nice little tour through the village and the plantation grounds that was perfect for the one afternoon of our stay.

We did not use the pool but it looked clean and inviting.

The food was good, Indian food for dinner (surprise meal - no menu to choose of!) and continental or indian breakfast.

For the one night we stayed there, it was very next to perfect. For a longer stay you must really want to just relax, otherwise you should consider a hotel in a more "lively" area.

Room Tip: Ask and pay for the Maharaja Suite with living room, bedroom, luggage room, bathroom and balcony fo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank rotkaeppchen_ka
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Quantock Hills
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

Our tour was arranged by Travel Inn and included stays in several Heritage hotels like this one but I have to say that this hotel was the high spot of our tour and quite unique in character.
We were upgraded on arrival to 'The Maharajah's Suite' which comprised of a large sitting room, large bedroom, adjoining dressing room and a spacious bathroom. The suite opened onto a large balcony overlooking the gardens.
We peeped inside several other rooms and even the smaller ones were very comfortable and well appointed.
On arrival we realised that we'd left passports and belongings in the previous hotel's safe. This was two and a half hours drive away! However, the manager, Abel Patras, was called and could not have been more helpful in sorting out our problem most efficiently. We were at pains to recompense him for the trouble we had caused, but he would not hear of it and we remain deeply grateful to him for his help.
We felt we were honoured guests and the staff couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. One member of staff, Bhanwar Singh, suggested interesting outings for us, taking us to a nearby cotton field to watch -and try- picking cotton. Then we used the bicycles provided and went with him to see the small village where we watched cows being miked by hand and met the villagers. Bhanwar Singh acted as interpreter and we learnt a lot about life in rural India. The next day he took us to visit the small town of Bijaynagar where he gave us a tour of the cotton factory and showed us shops and market stalls. Another day we rode with him to a nearby reservoir where we watched local fishermen and saw their catch. It was relaxed and friendly.
We enjoyed the food and I asked to watch the chef making our dinner one night which was great fun.

It was quite a wrench having to move on at the end of the stay and it will remain a treasured memory of our time in Rajasthan.

Room Tip: All rooms looked characterful and comfortable. They will give you the very best room available at th...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Phyllisquot
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Mumbai
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

My friend and I had booked this hotel by mistake(we didn't know it was so far away from Ajmer). It is in the middle of nowhere and we were more than delighted when we arrived at this little gem palace after a long bus ride from Jaipur. We had booked a double room together and when we saw the "room" we couldn't believe our eyes: our bedroom is most tastefully decorated, natural, historical and not overdone; we had also a dressing room and a living room to ourselves and plus a huge terrace and a balcony. We were so happy that we decided to spend another day there and it was the best decision to be made.
As there was no tourist things to do in the area, we wanted to experience local life. Our hotel waiter/guide took us on a field and village tour the next day on bike. We visited a nearby village and were invited to their homes. At the end the whole village turned up on a roof top kitchen and we literally had party there with everyone, tasted their foods, exchanged our family stories with the help of our guide Surrander; and we were invited to dance with them in the village square... to top our festive feelings, our hotel chef cooked us the vegitables grow in their organic garden according to our wishes. It was the most delicious food we had in India!

If you ever decide to stay in this hotel, you must take a guided tour with Surrender. He is a intelligent young man in his 20s, speaks good English, his manners are most cultivated and has a good sense of humor and dignity.
The manger of this property whose name unfortunately I forgot, is also a very respectable and most helpful person. A true gentalman. He guards the property as if it were his own home and has deep knowlege about the history of Rajastan. Rarely you will encounter someone in India so efficiant like him.

Room Tip: we were curiously enough to tour all the rooms in the castle. They are all wonderful!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank yi l
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Australia
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695 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

This is a wonderful Heritage property at the end of a country track. Being an old palace every room is different. Some are in fact large suites. The ensuites have high class modern fittings. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was very good too.
This was a complete contrast to other places we visited.

Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Bijay Niwas Palace
Address: | Model Farm, Ajmer 305624, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Ajmer
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 47 Hotels in Ajmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bijay Niwas Palace 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WelcomHeritage Bijay Niwas has been built almost about 100 years ago by Rao Bijay Singh the 16th descendant of the erstwhile Masuda Istimrardari as a getaway retreat. It was about the same time that he founded the town of Bijaynagar which is also named after him. This heritage palace is set over 50 acres of orchard and is a majestic heritage retreat along with being an apt stopover for visiting the great Indian bustard reserve at Sokhlia. ... more   less 
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