Jaipur is a city that most encapsulates the decadence of India’s royal past. As a city teeming with heritage hotels, many of which are palaces, it could be quite easy to miss this ‘little’ guy. But trust us when we tell you that Alsisar Haveli lacks nothing when it comes to an authentic, Rajasthani experience. Built in 1892, in the heart of the Pink city, by the blue blooded ‘Shekhawat’ descendants of Maharao Shekhaji, Alsisar Mahal stands a structure decorated in regional folklore. It was converted to a heritage hotel in 1994, but not without commitment towards Shekhawati artistry that’s been blended perfectly to suit the 21st century traveler.
Cuisine: North Indian, Continental
Summer- Min 17°C, Max 37°C
Winter- Min 6°C, Max 32°C
Best time to visit: September-May
By Air: Jaipur Airport (13 km, 20 mins)
By Rail: Jaipur Railway Station (2 km, 3 mins)
By Road: Jaipur (3 km, 5 mins)
THINGS TO DO
The City Palace- This palace hosts a sprawling museum with a vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The Indo-European architecture of the palace is a treat to the eyes.
The Hawa Mahal- The “Palace of Winds” is a high screen wall originally built so Royal women could observe festivals from inside the palace. The structure built out of red and pink sandstone, is located at the edge of the City Palace.
Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors)- Within the grand Amber Fort stands a room with countless mirrors that is world famous. The mirrors are of convex shape and designed with coloured foil and paint which would glitter bright under candlelight at the time it was in use.
Ranthambore National Park- Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s largest and most well known national parks. Its desert-like flatlands are perfect for spotting animals including leopards, nilgai, wild boar, hyena, sloth bears and even the elusive tiger. In fact Ranthambore is considered the best place to spot tigers.
Malik Talao- Although this lake is the smallest of the three in Ranthambore National Park, it has the healthiest population of birds. Indian Marsh Crocodiles and kingfishers are also easily seen from a close distance.
Khandar Fort- Khandar Fort had never been successfully attacked and was truly once considered invincible. Placed strategically at the top of a cliff the fort includes 7 temples. Infact when perched perfectly one can spot the wild animals beyond, even the tiger.