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. Centrally located in Jaipur,
the Pink City of India, Narain Niwas Palace, built in the year 1928 by General Amar
Singh Ji, the Thakur of Kanota is the perfect heritage hotel to explore and immerse in
the royal grandeur of Jaipur.
Hotel Narain Niwas Palace is one of the finest heritage hotels of the princely state of
Rajasthan, a paragon of modern times retaining the best of history. Located amidst
acres of greenery, a lung space in the centre of Jaipur, Narain Niwas Palace was built in
1928 by General Amar Singh Ji, the then Thakur of Kanota.
Designed in the Anglo-Indian style popular in the Victorian era, Narain Niwas Palace,
served as the country resort for the Kanota family. Today, it is one of the best heritage
hotels one can experience. Embellished with ethnic Indian furnishings, coupled with
Rajput flourishing and traditional Jaipur-style painted wall decor in a typically bold colour
palette, Hotel Narain Niwas Palace provides an exclusive retreat into the golden period
of Indian royalty.
Narain Niwas Palace 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 Narain Niwas Palace, be it the tastefully preserved, conserved
and redone living spaces, the sprawling gardens inspired by the royals of India and
beyond, culinary prowess honed over centuries or the one-of-a-kind museum with a
personal diary that chronicles the life then.
Know your Host
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 Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh of Jaipur. By the
end of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh’s reign, he had established himself as a prominent
noble in Jaipur state and played a very important role in the succession of Maharaja
Sawai Madho Singh to the throne of Jaipur. He served the Jaipur royal family for 46 years. Today, his successors carry on the legacy, creating a niche in heritage
hospitality, showcasing everything great and good about Rajasthan.
Each of the well-appointed 52 air-conditioned rooms come with authentic art deco
furniture. Narain Niwas Palace has 20 suites and 32 standard rooms, each room with a
distinct decoration of a past era.
Narain Niwas Palace’s turn-of-the-century genesis comes forth in its subdued colours,
discreet patterns, rich fabrics, and classic paintings and prints. Located in the heart of
Jaipur, Narain Niwas Palace makes for an ideal business or leisure trip.
Each room, be it the deluxe or standard rooms, the Kanota or garden suites, has a
smartly designed work area. With every room and suite offering an inspiring
environment, it is best suited for workcation as well. The spacious picturesque windows
welcome the sunlight in while providing relief by the way of breathtaking views of the
gardens. Individual, elegant and refined, all the rooms and suites offer the ultimate in
comfort and luxury becoming of a heritage luxury hotel in Jaipur.
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, spanning over 50 handbooks.
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.
Delight in the fantasy of a candle-lit wonderland, a floating world as the pavilions pop up
at sundown creating a surreal experience at Bar Palladio.
Shikar Bagh is a sumptuous bar-restaurant with indoor and alfresco seating with an
elevated, open-sided terrace under canvas.
Imperial Lancers recreates the majesty of cavalry on the gardens here, serving tasteful
food and drink befitting of the ambience.
Finally, the dining hall at the Narain Niwas Palace is a masterclass of architecture with
stained glass windows, high arches, crystal chandeliers, all the accompaniment for a
decadent dining experience.
Important to Know
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 the
estate. The sprawling gardens and private accommodations make it ideal for destination
Open all year
60+ is the new 40+:
Narain Niwas Palace is spread across a large garden, fortified and made beautiful with
curated gardens. Ideal for a walk through the garden paths or explore the historic Pink
For the Young:
Jaipur offers a lot of experiences and a vibrant nightlife. The large open garden spaces
within a city allows an experience away from the brick and mortar cityscape.
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.
A vacation in its true sense is a luxury but cannot be experienced without burning fossil
fuels and some amount of social, economic and environmental impact. However, given
the positive impact of tourism and hospitality, especially with concepts that are a part of
the RARE Community, we believe every vacation has the potential of being a conscious
choice and also a transformative experience through learning. These then have the
power to balance carbon footprints accumulated through travel. One of the key
differentiators of every RARE hotel is their commitment to the community and focus
towards being conscious of the impact of every tourism and hospitality activity.
Conservation of heritage and nature, no-motor activities, community engagement and
positive impact on their livelihood, intangible cultural heritage highlights and
transformations, sensitive land and resource use etc. are some constants that serve as
the common thread that connect all members of the RARE Community.
The RARE Touchstones are used by the hotels to self-evaluate on parameters that look
Eliminating Single Use Plastic
Safe Garbage Disposal
Low Impact Tourism
Local Community Engagement
Sensitive Destination Discovery
Wildlife, Nature & Habitat conservation
The Human Touch
I have been staying at Narain Niwas Palace for over fifteen years. I return there twice a year. Every time I arrive I feel as if I am 'at home' in India. It's a truly rare and precious hotel...
I was concerned having read some of the reviews on Tripadvisor, but having been shown to our first room, I asked if we could be moved to a room with more light and they were very helpful and moved...
Stopped here for 2 nights and had a very pleasant time. Very nice room, staff were very helpful and an enjoyable evenings entertainment in the outside restaurant. Its a heritage place so not a modern...
Nearest Airport : Jaipur - 11Km
Nearest Railway Station : Jaipur -5Km
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