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A weekend in Jaipur

A weekend in Jaipur

This was my second visit to the pink city of Jaipur. My first visit was years ago and resembled more of a touristic marathon! So this time, I wanted to visit Jaipur and do nothing! When I mean nothing...I mean the bare minumum... And I found just the perfect hotel for my lazy Rajhastani monsoon weekend.

An urban oasis in the historic walled city of Jaipur, Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion set in a verdant garden with apartments arranged around a series of intimate courtyards. Built 175 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, it is still occupied by their descendants, who have converted their home into a luxury hotel.
— www.samode.com
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This hotel stole my heart. A little piece of paradise in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city! A soul-nourishing break only a 5-hours drive from the hectic life of New Delhi.

The moment I reach I am welcomed just like princess, and invited to take at seat at the reception for check-in, where icy sweet lemon water is served. A 5-star service staff gives me a tour of the hotel and takes me to the Sheesh Mahal Suite, a very special room where the entire ceiling is decorated with 200 year-old Samode mirror work, and walls are frescoed with traditional rajasthani courtship paintings. The moment I enter I feel I am in a different world, I imagine I am a princess and I watch life in the palace behind the small secret ornated windows that surround the room. 

After lying down on the comfy bed and looking up at the mesmerizing ceiling, envisioning my own Tales of the Arabian Nights, I opt for an afternoon of shopping in the city. It becomes obvious to me at this point that I have forgotten my bikini, and with such an epic setting I could not forgive myself. Despite the stormy weather, the heat and humidity still called for a "swim & coktail" session by the pool. So me and my travel companion hit the road in search of swimsuits! I spare you the details of our shopping afternoon, as our search proved to be a difficult one! Don't do like me, don't forget your bikini! You will soon understand that in Jaipur, swimsuits are not very easy to find...and the models available are...let's say...not very fun! But I found something appropriate in good old Marks and Spencer! (Yes! There is Marks and Spencer in Jaipur! Incredible!)

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Rain starts to fall, but it does not matter... I am lying on my covered daybed, sipping on a double whisky on the rocks, and doing small talk. Kittens are running free and chasing lizards. As I watch the raindrops ripple on the water surface, I feel gratitude for the experiences that life brings me.

A couple of hours dreaming and it is time for dinner! After a delicious shower in my surprisingly modern bathroom, I head to the dining room, and discover another state of the art hand painted ceiling, candles, and delicious Indian food...

I get back to my room and watch a Bollywwod movie with a happy belly.... I sleep like a baby.

Breakfast is amazing, I sit on the veranda, under the high ceilings and colonial fans. A light rain continues to fall, everything around is green amd peaceful. I choose to spend my day inside the Haveli, exploring the many corners of the palace, and meditating on life. The swimming pool is an attractive spot to get some writing done. And slowly my weekend comes to an end. The energy of this place is amazing, the perfect place to rest and re-center myself. I will be back! 

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Photos by www.samode.com and Bamboo Travel

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