Barwara Kothi is a colonial villa dating back to the early 20th century. Inspired by Lutyens Delhi it has a distinct Raj feel to it and is spread over 2000 square yards.
The 'kothi', which is a mansion house, was the residence in Jaipur of the Barwara Royal Family. The kothi was constructed by Raja Man Singh of Barwara, a World War II veteran and an accomplished polo player who was a close confidante and cousin of the late Maharaja of Jaipur, Man Singhji. The kothi evokes the serenity and nostalgia of the Raj with rooms furnished with traditional furniture, antiques and photographs reminiscent of life back then. Guest rooms also feature modern touches like air conditioning, Wi-Fi and en-suite bathrooms.
The kothi is 500 metres from Jai Mahal and 1km from Raj Bhawan. The immediate area around the kothi is a residential suburb of Jaipur. The back of the property has sloping green lawns and lush foliage.
Open: Barwara Kothi is open all year.
Location: Barwara Kothi is located in Jaipur, within driving distance of the main shopping markets of the city and a 30 minute drive (12kms) from the airport.
Rooms: The 9 guest rooms are air conditioned and have a television and telephone. They also have sliding doors opening onto the lawns. All have an en-suite bathroom and some have balconies.
Activities: City sightseeing, shopping, relaxing in the gardens. The staff can advise on places to visit and retaurants in the local neighbourhood and the city as a whole.
Facilities: There is a drawing room and a dining room, both overlooking the gardens. Outside there is a patio and attractive grounds with seating areas. The homestay offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables. Indian, local Rajasthani and continental cuisine are available.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in guest rooms.
Travel through the colourful state of Rajasthan to see forts and palaces, lakes and desert, cities and villages.
As a homestay in Jaipur, Barwara Kothi has its feet firmly in the locality. As well as buying & employing locally, the owners encourage travellers to connect with their city.
"The position and accommodation was good but we were disappointed with the service. It wasn't friendly like a homestay but it didn't sufficiently function as a hotel either. If we met the owners, we were unaware of it."