History of Rambagh Palace
The first building on the site was a garden house built in 1835 for the wet nurse of prince Ram Singh II. In 1887, during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, it was converted into a modest royal hunting lodge, as the house was located in the midst of a thick forest at that time. In the early 20th century, it was expanded into a palace to the design of Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II made Rambagh his principal residence and added a number of royal suites in 1931. After India became independent and the princely states united, the Palace became the Government House. By the 1950s, the royal family felt that the upkeep of the palace and its 47 acres of gardens were becoming very costly. Therefore, in 1957 they decided to convert it into a luxury hotel.
Ultimately in the year 1972 it had earned the prestige and title of being one of the heritage hotels of the city. Currently, the famous Taj group of hotels has been bestowed upon the task of running it in a proper manner. The Rambagh palace, now a heritage hotel has got the opportunity of serving some of the eminent personalities like Lord Mountbatten, Omar Sharif and Prince Charles.
Rooms and Suites in Rambagh Palace
Rambagh Palace offers 79 rooms and stunningly restored suites, which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. Use of rich fabrics and silk drapes drawn with colourful art and warm hues of the state of Rajasthan is evident. The Rambagh Palace along with its airy rooms, corridors and halls offers an eye-catching view to its tourists. The palace itself is built with lushness and scenic locale in its vicinity. Ornamental gardens arranged in brilliant symmetry. Rambagh Palace exudes an unmistakable sense of history. It is an architectural masterpiece that transcends time.
Facilities at Rambagh Palace
The Rambagh Palace cum hotel provides its visitors with all the modern day amenities and comforts. Yet it had retained its grandeur and grace of the passed golden days. Keeping this objective in mind all the rooms of Rambagh Palace has been suited accordingly. For their high profile guests there are some luxuriant suites like the Maharaja suite, Presidential suites, the Maharani suite and the princess suite. Also the Chinese room in particular is worth praising. In order to make it attraction it is decked out with antic things and furnishings, to take for example, scarlet and gold tapestry etc.