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Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur, India

Our rating: First Class

Formerly the palace of the Maharaja of Jodhpur's younger brother, the Ajit Bhawan was one of the first concept heritage hotels. The cottages are set in gardens around the main building and decorated with colorful Rajput fabrics. The hotel is managed by descendents of the royal family, and meals are usually taken in the gardens beside the originally designed swimming pool.  

There is a large number of dining options, and although the rooms have a nod to the heritage of the hotel (all are unique) they are still spacious, and come with all expected modern amenities.

It is also possible to pre-book a city tour in one of their many classic cars.

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    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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