If you like the idea of spending the night at a castle, you can live like royalty when you rent out a palace suite in Jaipur.
Visit India in November, and you can book a suite on Airbnb in its 300-year-old City Palace of Jaipur, which is the home of the royal family. On Nov. 23, the Gudliva Suite will be open to outside guests thanks to Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, who becomes the first king to be an Airbnb host.
The suite is found in a private area of the palace, and it comes with a lounge, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and private swimming pool.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who founded Jaipur, had the palace built in the 1700s, and today is a representation of the 18th-century Rajput architecture. Its inside is ordained with decorative chambers, large reception halls, gilded wall decorations, carvings, etc. Besides the royal residence, the palace is also known for its museum.
Gudliva Suite guests can check out the history of Jaipur’s royal family, enjoying the traditions and cultural heritage they have had. A private butler and guide will be provided to show guests around the city including local shops, museums and other trips.
Enjoy the authentic Rajasthani meals on the terrace while taking in the scenery of the Aravalli hills and forts that surround the palace. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed with the resident peacocks that live among the gardens.
The cost to rent out the Gudliva Suite for one night is $8,000, with the proceeds going to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, which is a non-profit committed to helping the Rajasthan artisans and rural women. In the beginning, and before the start of the New Year, the cost is a mere $1,000, and Airbnb will pay the balance of every booking to the foundation as a contribution.
Written by contributor Susan Powell. Source: Lonely Planet