Monthly Archives: January 2013

REVIEW: NEEL KAMAL

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In the incomparable Taj Lake Palace hotel (the most oft photographed property in the world and where Octopussy was shot) is Neel Kamal, the hotel’s nod to traditional Rajathastani cooking.

From the Versace plates, patrons dripping in jewels to the relaxing live music you know you have entered a special place indeed.

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REVIEW: MOUNBATTEN LODGE

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In the rugged mountains hugging the Jain temples on the way to Udaipur is the newly opened (and not quite finished) Mounbatten Lodge.

Take your meal underneath one of the sprawling trees and listen to the call of nature.  You are far away from the maddening crowds of tourist India and it is a most welcome respite.

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REVIEW: RAAS HAVELI

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With tremendous views of the old fort and lovely grounds Raas Haveli in Jodhpur continues the theme of living like a moghul while in India.  They say incredible India and as more of the country unfolds itself it becomes ever apparent this is true.

The menu reflects Indian, Oriental, Thai and Italian influence.  Perhaps a meal sans chicken tikka?

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HAIKU REVIEW: MIHIR GARH

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Mihir Garh, Rohet

Paradise lies in the desert

Much needed respite…

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REVIEW: SUVARNA MAHAL (The Golden Palace)

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Christmas Eve is spent in perhaps the most regal room in India, Suvarna Mahal, the Golden Palace.  Set inside the amazing Rambagh Palace in Jaipur this is surely an incredible sight to behold.

Featuring an original seventy meter carpet that took eight years years to produce, one hundred year old Murano chandeliers, a huge ceiling covered in amazing frescoes and finally gold-plated dining ware it is exquisite in every regard.

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REVIEW: RAJ PALACE

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Beautiful courtyard, gurgling fountain, the Raj Palace in Jaipur makes one feel as if they are a king.  And in fact this hotel is the former residence of a Maharaji.  As a heritage property it is both regal and yet imminently comfortable.

The menu pairs both Continental fare with local delicacies. After a morning at the Amber Fort (delightful) a hearty meal will be most welcome.

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REVIEW: SURYA MAHAL

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Sitting outside in the courtyard of the Oberoi Raj Vilas in Jaipur one feels like royalty.

Music playing, fire roaring, the Surya Mahal is an Italian, Asian meets Indian affair renowned for its impeccable service and transcendent food in a setting befit for a maharaja.

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