A maharajah’s dream hotel in Jaipur

Jaisal Singh is one-of-a-kind, a dandy dedicated to polo, wildlife conservation and history in equal measure. Suján Rajmahal Palace (sujanluxury.com; from £600), the hotel he heads up on the outskirts of Jaipur’s old city, is a ravishing compendium of Rajput heritage and Anglo glamour.

Its 14 suites bear the names of the guests who slept in them: Mountbatten, Kennedy, Prince of Wales. It’s stuffed with important antiques and good paintings, and 48 individual wallpapers were custom-designed for the many halls, receptions and arcades of the palace – once home to the British resident political officer of Rajputana, then to Sawai Man (“Jai”) Singh II, Jaipur’s very modern and last ruling maharajah. It’s a maximalist’s dream, underpinned by some of the finest service in the land – and an outrageously good thali to boot.

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