The property is 120 years old and was the home of the rulers of Shahpura. Set in 30 acres of garden and pasture and surrounded by lakes, it is a very special and ultimately peaceful little oasis, situated midway between Jaipur and Udaipur.
With its idyllic and unspoilt rural setting, this is a place to come for at least a couple of nights as it provides a restful break in an otherwise hectic, city-based itinerary.
All rooms are centrally air-conditioned, with overhead fans, and attached bathrooms with bath and shower. On account of the buildings not being purpose built, all rooms vary in shape, size and design.
There is one dining room in the main building where meals are eaten during the colder times of the year. At other times, dining is al fresco, in the sunshine or candlelit under the stars, in the garden. The cuisine comprises simple Continental, and Indian recipes and is organic whenever possible as much of the vegetables come from their own vegetable garden. The hotel offers a buffet and table d’hôte dining. Room service is also readily available. Special private dinners can also be arranged.
The real delight of Shahpura Bagh is the chance to explore nearby local villages and get off the main tourist routes.
Accommodation comprises eight rooms. There are five suites and three standard rooms. Handmade Kilms, and old Kashmiri carpets contrast white lime plaster floors. The rooms are adorned with antique paintings, furniture draped in luxurious silk upholstery. Bathrooms feature twin wash basins, rain showers and organic Biotique toiletries.
The resort welcomes children of all ages to come and stay. Children may be accommodated in their parent’s bedroom for an extra charge and there is a child care service available. A play-station can also be provided to help entertain them.
Facilities at Shahpura Bagh include a spacious sitting room, bicycles, jeeps for local excursions, local massages, library and there is a PlayStation for children. Dining is usually al fresco in the garden but there is a dining room for those colder days and nights. Simple Continental and Indian cuisine is served using local produce and ingredients from the hotel's vegetable garden.
Activities at the hotel include yoga classes, table tennis. Hotel reception will be happy to arrange sightseeing excursions, picnics and barbecues, cycling, fishing, boat trips, walking tours, bird watching walks around the lakes and hiking. Excursions offered by the hotel include visits to Shahpura to see traditional local artists at work, Jaipur, famous for its monuments and markets, jeep safaris and visits to the local temple.
When to travel
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added colour to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.
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Location and directions
Set in 45 acres of garden and pasture and surrounded by lakes, it is situated midway between Jaipur and Udaipur.
How to get there
9-hour international flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Jaipur. The Airport in Jaipur is a 5-hour drive from Shahpura Bagh.