HotelsA young maharajah wants you to be his Airbnb guest

A suite temptation in royal Rajasthan

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A royal palace in Rajasthan awaits its first Airbnb guests.
A royal palace in Rajasthan awaits its first Airbnb guests. Photo Credit: Ian Jarrett

Jaipur’s City Palace, one of the most iconic buildings in Rajasthan has, for the first time, opened its luxurious Gudliya Suite for Airbnb bookings.

The Gudliya Suite, located within one of the private sections of the royal palace has, until now,  been used for the royals and their special guests.

The Jaipur royal family has listed a room in their ornate 300-year-old City Palace of Jaipur for US$7,983 per night. The Suite comes with its own private indoor swimming pool.

The host is  the 21-year old maharajah, Sawai Padmanabh Singh.

Proceeds from each booking will support women’s empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan.

Guests will be looked after by a private butler and guide who will arrange city experiences, including shopping tours and guided walks.

Authentic Rajasthani meals will be served on a terrace offering a view of the surrounding Aravalli hills and forts overlooking the palace.

“My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others,” the maharajah said.

The Gudliya Suite will be available for stays starting November 23.


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