Once the summer home of the rulers of Shahpura, the 18 hectare estate of Shahpura Bagh is a perfect place to base yourself in an unspoilt part of Rajasthan. Located about halfway between Jaipur and Udaipur, it provides a peaceful spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities and explore the local rural communities and wildlife.
The spacious gardens are surrounded by lakes and are a haven for birdlife. The infinity pool in a secluded part of the gardens provides an ideal place to relax. It's heated in cooler months for your comfort. There are two residences, the main house where the Shahpura family reside and where meals are served on cooler nights, and a restored guest house where most of the 10 guest rooms and suites are located. Originally built to house important family guests, the rooms in the guest house are light and airy, with high ceilings and large windows. Many have doors opening out on to the gardens. The rooms are all elegantly furnished and equipped with modern amenities such as electronic safes, minibar, air-conditioning and modern bathrooms with bath and shower. There is also a 2-bedroom villa, ideal for families, located by the pool.
In cooler evening meals are served in the dining room in the main residence, but for the rest of the year guests can eat al fresco on the terrace and in the garden. Snacks, light meals and drinks are available by the pool. The cuisine is mainly Indian with some international dishes, with most of the vegetables coming from its own gardens. Special private dinners can be arranged. Indian wine, limited French wine, beer and spirits are available.
The Shahpura family who reside here and manage Shahpura Bagh are very welcoming and hospitable. Meals can be served with the family, and guests are very much made to feel at home. There is a lot to do in the local area -exploring the village of Shahpura and the local communities, visiting nearby temples, boating, birdwatching or fishing in the lake and hiking or cycling -but this is also a great place to relax and enjoy the peaceful setting. There is also an airy sitting room where guests are welcome to relax and escape the heat of the day. Sipping sundowners at nearby Dikhola Fort is a great way to end your day and begin your evening.
Open: Shahpura Bagh is open all year.
Location: Shahpura Bagh is located in rural Rajasthan between the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. It is set in 18 hectares of gardens and grounds with two lakes. The airport in Jaipur is about a five hour drive from the hotel.
Rooms: There are four deluxe rooms and six royal suites, individually designed. They include handmade kilms and Kashmiri carpets, antique paintings and photographs. All have en-suite bathrooms with twin basins, rain showers and complimentary toiletries. One room and one suite are situated in the main house, where the family lives, on the top floor and have a large roof terrace. The other rooms and suites are in the restored residence and have windows and doors opening onto the garden. All rooms are air conditioned. There is also a two bedroom villa, ideal for groups of friends and families. As well as the two en-suite bedrooms it has a private veranda, an outdoor shower and a courtyard. The hotel offers room service.
Activities: Guests can explore the many walking and cycling trails, go bird watching, enjoy picnics, relax in hammocks, watch cookery demonstrations, go boating on the lakes, visit markets, temples and the stepwell in Shahpura town. Massage and yoga can be arranged. You can enjoy sundowner drinks at Dikhola Fort, a 20 minute drive away.
Facilities: The hotel has an infinity pool and sundeck with 2 pavilions, sunbeds and a poolside bar. The pool is heated in cooler months. There is a formal drawing room and a dining room. Indian and continental food is served and can be enjoyed outdoors as well as indoors. Special private dinners can be arranged. Indian wine, limited French wine, beer and spirits are available. There are extensive gardens.
Dining: Meals can be taken communally or at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting is available on request. There is a play station for children.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: Mobile phones work on the local network. There is free wifi internet access.
Notes: There is good wheelchair access to rooms on the ground floor.
2% of the hotel's turnover goes to the Sudarshan Deo Charitable Trust which supports the education & welfare of local rural children. Their efforts in protecting the environment & not abusing natural resources are also laudable.
"Very peaceful oasis and we loved the home-cooked food."