You might expect a place that’s 3 centuries old to feel decrepit, but The RAJ NIWAS DHOLPUR PALACE defies expectation. The prolonged palace walls become more enchanting with age, and the lively and energetic town surrounding the palatial estate is spot for tourists all around the world.
The title might make your mind lean in the direction of haunted or spooky, but its the the other way round. Let me just start right away before you make any judgements in your mind. A few days ago I was invited to experience the luxury of this 300 years old palace of Dholpur , which once was home to generations of Royals and is now converted into a heritage hotel. You probably must be knowing as it’s all over my Instagram. So let me start with telling you a little about the property.
HISTORY OF THE PALACE
Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur is known for its red color sandstone rather than precious stones. Dholpur was a protectorate of the British East India Company from 1779 onwards.
In 1949, it merged with the young Indian Nation and in 1956 the princely state ceased to exist. Apparently, Dholpur Palace was built to welcome HRH Albert Edward, when he visited in 1876. With vibrant history and a rich heritage, Dholpur Palace also known as Raj Niwas Palace, today beckons the rulers of the time, to a mesmerizing journey back in time. Once home to generations of Royals, this converted palace still reflects the magnificence of the Rajasthani architecture of that era.
ITS ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS, LITERALLY
HOW TO REACH
Among many other places in Rajasthan, Dholpur is one that must not be skipped. Though the place is well connected with major cities by regular buses, we took a morning train (Shatabdi Express) from New Delhi railway station and after completing a journey 2 and a half hours , we reached Dholpur railway station where our Royal Gypsy from Raj Niwas Palace was waiting for us.
The fresh morning breeze that caresses against your skin while riding the gypsy is an experience in itself.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Dholpur is reputed to be the location of highest recorded temperature in India, at 50 degree C on June 3rd 2017. The hottest months are May & June, which mark the oppressive summer and the coldest months are December & january. The best time to visit the location is JANUARY TO MARCH AND OCTOBER TO DECEMBER.
But Dholpur being a part of Rajasthan , makes it a destination where sunscreen should not be missed .
The palace staff was commendable and I was surprised to know that most of the staff was local, which not only promoted employment in the region but they were so trained and well-educated about the needs of guests that I would not have even guessed it at the first place if were not told.
The locals feel a sense of pride in working for the royal family.
Before we even reached the destination, our rooms were prepared and the hot pool was ready to plunge into and leave all the fatigue behind. Then, we had to rest and leave for the Chambal boat Safari.
But since there was so much beauty around , I decided to take a tour of the property instead of sleeping.
The palace is beyond beautiful , the small little details are taken care of & maintained to the date. I could not help but roam around the huge staircases and magnificent walls which were intricately detailed and maintained.
OUR CHOICE OF STAYCATION
We stayed in a pool villa, these were spacious, elegant and provided us the luxury of a spacious villa with an adjoining classic plunge pool, & chic cascading windows giving one a view of the gorgeous scene outside the villa. Each villa transports you back to the time of royalty.
Set in 13 acres of garden, the Palace grounds are full of peacock and bird life that nip over from the National Chambal Sanctuary near it. Offering a total of 40 rooms to its guest with three different categories, the palace is a perfect place to base yourself.
PLACES TO EXPLORE NEAR THE PALACE
Some of the famous movies like
Bandit Queen , Pan Singh Tomar
have been shot in the same location.
FOOD AT RAJ NIWAS PALACE
The dining area of the palace is so beautiful that one is bound to leave all their worries outside the game and enjoy the delicious fresh cooked food. Forgive me for not having clicked the pictures of favourite food at Raj Niwas , because once I get food on my plate and a pleasing view in front of my eyes, I forget the world. Although I highly recommend to try Laal Maas ( if you are a non-vegetarian) and the cheesecake at the palace .
After spending two beautiful days , I was not ready to leave the place. But with a heavy heart we bid farewell to our luxurious stay with a promise to visit again given that it is just 3 hours drive from Delhi.