LIFE IN MINIATURE
India’s Mughal rulers introduced miniature art (intricate painting on paper) in the 16th century, and over time Jaipur added its own iconography and motifs to the tradition. Modern studios revamp the craft with new mediums and fresh themes.
Newly opened JAIMINI commissions local miniaturist painters to focus on fresh subjects. Traditional court and battle scenes, flora and fauna are replaced with vintage cars, modern monuments and holy men from different faiths.
Painter ROHINI SINGH block prints on canvas and traditional wasli (layered, handmade paper), issuing a contemporary take on Jaipur’s old-world visuals. Recent works are inspired by the frescoed interiors of palaces in northeastern Rajasthan’s Shekhawati district.
The latest boutique rooms tap into the city’s deep regal roots, albeit with a refreshingly smart and modern footprint. The result? Basics done right and luxury that knows no end.
An airy , harmonious and drop-dead gorgeous Midcentury bungatow in the swanky Civil Lines enclave, built originally as a homestay for clients of the tate Munnu Kasliwal, Jaipur’s jeweler to the jet-set. Kasliwal’s provocateur son Siddharth entisted Lebanese interior designer Nur Kaoukji to update the pad into a slice of heaven, where the city’s artisan roots take a fresh vibe. Endless cups of ayurvedic tea and homemade vegetarian dinners in the starlit garden make you never want to leave.
Nestled in Amber, a tiny hamlet 15 minutes from town, featuring four minimalist rooms and bougainvillea-filled garden nooks that breathe Mughat-era grandeur. Fortunate guests may get a chance to see owner and mosaic artist Herve Vital in action, piecing together masterpieces in his pebble-, brick- and stone-filled workshop. A rooftop veranda offers breathtaking views of nearby Amber Fort.
Jaipur’s bast-kept secret, in the rolling farmlands just out of town. Visionary owner Bhanwar Rishyasringa resuscitated his family’s country estate and hunting grounds into a green retreat with a working farm, solar panels and an ingenious water-recycling system. The l4-roomwhite-washed haveli (noble house) has graceful cupolas, arched doorways and plant-filled pavilions. In the erudite art- and literature-filled library, tea service offers respite from the heat.
Sujan Rajmahal Palace
Mixes heritage and hip as precociously as it did when Maharaja Jai Singh built the palace for his favorite Queen 250 years ago. Forty-nine wallpapers and a mesmerizing catalogue worthy of a modern art gallery grace the interiors. Individually designed royal suites and apartments have seduced dignitaries and Bollywood types for ages. The cheeky 51 Shades of Pink dishes superb breakfast and brunch. ThePoto Bar, with well-curated gin and aperitif menus, is a tap room for the city’s polo-playing gentry, a spot to see and be seen.
Newly opened heritage hotel standing sentry on a ridge over the Rajasthani countryside. The 230-year- old fort-turned-luxury settlement is full of old-world and modern fittings from near and far, with strong Middle Eastern and Mediterranean overtures.