Everybody knows about Diggi Palace in Jaipur as it is one of the most famous spots in the city, unless you are living under rock. The beautiful heritage property has been hosting Jaipur Literature Festival since forever and has also hosted many high profile weddings. But somehow people know very little of this place therefore here we are today to enlighten you with all that you didn’t know about this one of a kind place.
Diggi Palace was built by Shri Thakur Saheb Pratap Singh Ji Diggi of the then ruling family of Diggi principality in 1860, this 19th century palace blends the best of royal Indian hospitality with European ‘art de vivre’.
back in history when Sawai Jai Singh Ji built the city of Jaipur, the town was built in 9 squares. Diggi Palace earlier occupied the space where now resides the Albert Hall Museum, but was later shifted to its present location. The palace was partly converted into a heritage hotel in 1991 by the present owners Thakur Ram Pratap Singh Diggi and his wife, Jyotika Kumari Diggi, who still live in the palace and also run the hotel.
The palace is basically a garden estate that opens up through a courtyardthat’s surrounded by an array of ‘durbars’ (banquet halls), fresco painted ‘deodis’ (doorways), ‘havelis’ (palace wings) and lush green gardens on all sides.
When you enter you are welcomed by beautiful gates colored in bright yellow with blue filigree and fresco. The gate right in front of the courtyard opens to the Durbar Hall that is painted in shades of Wedgwood & Jodhpur blues along with pista-green colored walls. The archways and stained glass windows lead to a hall which houses the paintings of the royals of Jaipur.
With beautiful garden that encompasses of stunning fountains, the place is home to many trees, animals, birds and more. One can see squirrels jumping around from one place to another and peacocks showing off their beauty. The place is always in absolute hush-hush that you would prefer whispering to not disturb the absolute and soothing peace of this place.
Evenings here are pure romantic with front lawn dimly lit and the peacock singing somewhere in the background in the pink sky. The soft breeze in the expansive lawn draws you towards it and smoothly merges in the aroma of Rajasthani spices being cooked in the kitchens of Baradari Mahal – A Gourmet Restaurant at Diggi Palace.
The authentic and delectable recipes of Rajasthan have been meticulously curated over the years by the Diggi family and crafted with perfection at The Baradari Mahal. The dining experience is a bliss as it tears you away from the bustling scene of the city and treats your buds with a royal taste that takes you closer to the land of Rajasthan.
The waiters are keen to provide you with an experience that you will cherish all your life. Though the menu also consists of sandwiches and more, we urge you to stick to their rajasthani specials as they are a tsunami of flavours.
There are many places in Jaipur where you can experience royalty and see the era gone by but here at Diggi palace you experience all this and more without burning a hole in your pocket.