Jaipur's royal family is Airbnb's first royal hosts with $8,000 a night experience
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live in a palace like royalty? Well, now's your chance to experience life had you bee born a mahajara or maharani.
The 300 year old City Palace of Jaipur is home to Jaipur’s Royal Family, has played host to numerous guests over the centuries, including Britain's Prince Carles.
For a very special cause, from November 23, 2019, the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will become accessible to outside guests and will be available to book for the first time ever on Airbnb.
Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women in rural areas and artisans in Rajasthan.
His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh will become the first Maharaja to offer a stay at his palace on Airbnb, in order to help support the women’s empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation.
Located in the heart of Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, the City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings. Guests will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, located within one of the private sections of a royal palace that, until now, has been used for the royals and their special guests. The Suite includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool.
The palace was built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur. The interiors contain ornate chambers, large and airy reception halls, crystal chandeliers, gilded wall decorations, intricate carvings and in addition to the royal residence, the sprawling palace complex houses a large, internationally recognised museum.
Guests of the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will be taken on an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family.
Guests will be looked after by a private butler and guide who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed on a terrace offering an amazing view of the surrounding Aravalli hills and forts overlooking the palace, and peaceful afternoon tea can be had in the company of the resident peacocks who live in the Palace’s lush gardens.
“I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travelers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others.” stated His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh.
The Palace has never been available to be booked by outside guests before.
But this entire once-in--lifetime experience does not come cheap. For the remainder of 2019, the Gudliya Suite, priced at $8,000 per night, will be available to book on select nights at a special inaugural offer price of $1,000 per night, with Airbnb paying the balance amount for each booking as a contribution to the Foundation.
From January 1st onwards, the Suite will be available for guests to book at the full $8,000 rate.
To make a booking, guests can visit airbnb.com/CityPalaceJaipur.