Castle Kanota
Castle Kanota Hotel, Kanauta, Rajasthan, India
A historic and elegant castle
Castle Kanota

Founded in 1727 by Maharaj Jai Singh II, Jaipur is the befitting regal capital for the royal state of Rajasthan, the cynosure of Indian architecture and sentinels of an age-old heritage celebrated by Indians, Indophiles the world over. Kanota Thikana was established by Thakur Zorawar Singh. Spread over 19 bighas (8 Acres) of land, Castle Kanota is truly a magnificent experience, a destination unto itself erected in 1872 just 15 km east of the city on the Jaipur-Agra Highway. Today, Kanota Thikana stands as an oasis, preserving the charm and sophistication of the erstwhile royalty that marked Jaipur.

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Castle Kanota harks back to a time of Maharajas, a learned sophistication of tastes, culture and arts marking every aspect of life. This grandiose of existence is palpable everywhere at Castle Kanota, be it the tastefully preserved, conserved and redone living spaces, the sprawling gardens inspired...

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Originally hailing from the Champawat family of Pilwa, an estate of Jodhpur, Thakur Zorawar Singh came to Jaipur in the year 1869 to serve in the Jaipur administrative service. His outstanding abilities as an administrator and sportsman propelled him into the enviable position as the confidant of...

Castle Kanota is truly a magnificent edifice. Built in 1872 with a museum and a library which displays gold work and unique collection of rare books, the castle transports you back to the romantic grandeur of the past. Castle Kanota is the epitome of rural tourism, a living memoir of a family reconnecting to its roots.

Castle Kanota was built at a time when open spaces were prized for the communion it brings between man and nature. This historic castle has many open spaces and fruit orchards. The structure itself has been beautifully renovated and tastefully decorated. Operated by the members of the erstwhile royal family, Castle Kanota imparts an intimacy and warmth of a loving family home even as you are mesmerized by the grandeur of Rajput lavishness as espoused in the exquisitely decorated walls, ceilings embellished with frescoes and paintings. The period furniture placed all over the hotel is as much a visual delight as it is comfortable.

The ambience of Castle Kanota is unique, even as heritage hotels of Rajasthan go, with an enchanting facade and unmatched interiors making the stay here an unforgettable experience. This heritage hotel is a unique retreat where one can enjoy traditional Rajput hospitality with all modern amenities in the old ambience. With a Majestic Durbar Hall, Golden Suite, and a big beautiful garden with a fruit orchard, the fortified medieval castle is a veritable time travel. The Castle Library (Pothi Khana) has gold work and unique collection of over 10,000 rare books, manuscripts, miniatures and a very rich armoury from the 16th century. Cannons procured form the British Navy make for aesthetic appeal today but stood guard against invaders in the past. Horses and camels form an integral part of the castle experience.

Castle Kanota features 23 spacious air-conditioned rooms, each with an authentic royal atmosphere. All the rooms and suites tell a unique story of a bygone era; majestic and regal while being synonymous with great comfort. Set amidst an old village, the tranquility is broken by sounds of nature. Rooms are decked with traditional and decadent furniture, paintings of Indian Maharajas and more presenting you with a glimpse of the glorious past of Rajwada.


Thakur Amar Singh Ji, famous for writing the world’s longest continuous diaries, also authored a series of notes on recipes, detailing even specifics such as the type of metal utensils for cooking particular dishes. As an ongoing endeavour of cultural preservation at Castle Kanota, the revival of ancient royal cuisine or “Thikana” recipes has found a natural expression in the kitchens here.

Thakur Amar Singh Ji has a taste for the finest in food and chronicled with great care and detail his culinary experiences during his lifetime. Many of these recipes are not found elsewhere. Each of these epicurean masterpieces is crafted under the strict yet loving supervision of the family members, with every meal culminating into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all.

Since 1863, the family kitchens of Kanota have kept alive the tradition, continuing the centuries-old practice of following the original secret recipe in the same traditional way. From the quotidian delicacies such as Dal Bati Churma to the more exotic dishes and drinks, the heritage food and brews here are winning hearts of connoisseurs for generations now. One of the popular heritage brews, Chandrahaas is a blend of natural ingredients of 80 herbs, spices and dry fruits, distilled and matured in wooden casks.

The Marigold Cycle Tour takes you through the charming streets of Jaipur along the “Ghat ki Guni”, experiencing the city and its idyllic surroundings in an intimate way. The collections of General Amar Singh Kanota Library & Museum Trust, housed at Kanota, reflect a rich family tapestry. The collections hold many objects that date from Thakur Zorawar Singh’s time, with gradual additions by other members of the family, especially the multi-faceted General Amar Singh. Engross in these old memories.

Cooking demonstrations at Castle Kanota is a veritable time travel, a flavourful flight of fantasy and wonder. Become privy to centuries-old secrets, closely guarded and now, lovingly shared with everyone willing to learn.

Perfect For

A family getaway, a special occasion, an ideal way to recharge, a perfect heritage hotel and exploring the regality of the city of Jaipur while retreating to the serene oasis of Kanota’s country estate. The sprawling gardens and private accommodations make it ideal for destination weddings too.


Operational status

Open all year

The Castle Kanota is a story of preservation of heritage – the building and the library with over 10,000 books, manuscripts, miniatures, an armoury and old recipes. This offers a unique insight to guests as the family remain custodians of a glorious past. As they have been from this area for generations, there is a strong connection to the local community that continues to receive support from the family.

Local Community Engagement Heritage Preservation The Human Touch Sensitive Destination Discovery
Chandrahaas is a blend of natural ingredients of 80 herbs, spices and dry fruits, distilled and matured in wooden casks is a must-try. Indulge in the generations-old recipes lovingly preserved and practised.
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Worth just Rs 2000
by ekanshmath on 10/25/2021

Pictures are different then what you get to experience there. This is the review considering they charge you of a 5 star property. CONS: 1. Take drinking water along with you otherwise they will...

by sahejdeepsingh on 08/13/2021

a beautiful palatial property on the outskirts of jaipur.. takes u back in an golden era! from the moment u enter the gates after a narrow lane entering the castle. the fort walls gives u a...

Best Heritage Hotel in Rajasthan
by shiva-ajmera on 03/17/2021

After a lot of internet search I have found Castle Kanota in Rajasthan, Jaipur City. I have visited to Castle Kanota with my family and enjoyed alot. The heritage feeling vibe me to the old history...

Nearest Airport : Jaipur - 15 Km
Nearest Railway Station : Jaipur - 20 Km

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Terms & Conditions

Early arrival is subject to availability. For guaranteed early check-in, reservation needs to be made starting from the previous night. Later check-outs are available on request and subject to availability.

All bookings must be guaranteed at the time of reservation by a Credit Card or Travel Agency. All major credit cards are accepted.

Two children up to 8 years of age can stay in the parent's room without an additional charge. However, a maximum of one child's bed can be placed in a room which will be provided at an additional charge.