Shahpura Bagh

Shahpura, Rajasthan, India

Shahpura Bagh is a beautiful boutique heritage property located in rural Rajasthan in between Jaipur and Udaipur. This wonderful garden estate is surrounded by shimmering lakes and comprises two residences with light and airy suites and rooms.

At a Glance

  • A great rural stopover en-route to or from Udaipur from Jaipur. This property is ideal if you wish to see beautiful countryside and authentic rural way of life to offset a busy city itinerary

  • An ideal spot for wandering around a non-touristy rural town

  • The rural activities are great fun and give you the chance to really get under the skin of the area

  • At the end of the day, visit the stunning step well and exquisite temple before heading out to the old fort for a refreshing lime soda at sundown

  • A great place to sample delicious Rajasthani home cooking

Couples, Culture, Off the beaten track, Adventure

Insider's View

Ask Shatrujeet to identify any of the bird life on the Shapura Estate. He really does have an encyclopaedic knowledge and is happy to take guests on walking tours of the area. A joy if you enjoy nature.

Emma Mark

Insider's View

Book the local tailor to make you a made to measure outfit in two days.

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Insider's View

If you go for evening sundowners at Dikhola Fort, wait 5 or 10 minutes after sun down to watch an enormous flurry of bats leave the Fort. There must have been thousands flying through the air when I was there.

Charlotte Winter

Insider's View

Learn about the fascinating history of the building and the village of Shahpura from the friendly family that runs the estate.

Charlotte Winter

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Description

Shahpura Bagh is 120 years old and was once the home of the rulers of Shahpura. It's set midway between Jaipur and Udaipur amid 45-acres of garden and pasture surrounded by lakes making it a very special, peaceful little oasis.

With its idyllic and unspoiled rural setting, it's definitely worth spending a couple of nights here for its restful ambience, which is the perfect antidote if you're on a hectic, city-based itinerary. While here, be sure to head out and explore nearby local villages and get well away from the main tourist routes.

The dining room is housed in the main building and it's here that you'll enjoy your meals during the colder months. At other times, dining is an al fresco affair, usually in the garden in the warm sunshine or romantic glow of candlelight beneath the stars. The cuisine is largely continental and Indian inspired and freshly made using organic ingredients, many of which are sourced from the property's own vegetable garden. You can choose between buffet-style dining or prix fixe. Room service is available and special private dinners can also be arranged.

All rooms have air-conditioning, an overhead fan, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. The property has been adapted from a family home so the rooms vary in shape, size and design, which only adds to its overall charm.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Shahpura Bagh comprises nine suites. Guests can expect handmade Kilms, and old Kashmiri carpets contrast white lime plaster floors. Seven of the nine suites have space for extra beds. The rooms are adorned with antique paintings, furniture draped in luxurious silk upholstery. Bathrooms feature twin wash basins, rain showers and organic toiletries.

Childcare

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

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-style and Indian cuisine is served using local produce and ingredients from the hotel's vegetable garden.

Activities

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.

Location & Directions

Shahpura, Rajasthan, India

Set midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, Shahpura Bagh is surrounded by 30 acres of garden, pasture and lakes.

When to go

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 color 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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