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Jaipur: Luxury hotel launch

ITC Hotels has announced a new addition to its Luxury Collection of Indian hotels – ITC Rajputana, in Jaipur, joins the eight other prestigious hotels inthe Collection.
 
Located in the heart of vibrant Jaipur, capital of romantic Rajasthan (the ‘land of the kings’) – and a mere 14km from the city’s international airport – a stay at ITC Rajputana will make guests feel like royalty in this present-day palace.
 
Designed along the lines of a haveli (a traditional Indian mansion), this sprawling redbrick complex, with its split levels, hidden courtyards, manicured gardens, minimalistic lattice work and sumptuous decoration, is a tribute to magnificent local Rajput architecture.  
As a Luxury Collection hotel, the ITC Rajputana is strongly rooted in the ethos of the dynasty that defined this region. From about 800AD the great Rajput dynasty dominated much of northern India and until the 20th century ruled the ‘overwhelming majority’ of princely states of Punjab, Kashmir, Rajasthan and Surastra. The Rajputs – a brave and chivalrous warrior tribe – thought themselves to be descended from Rama and Krishna, heroes of the great epic poems Ramayana and Mahabharata respectively. After Independence from the British in 1947, the Rajput states of Rajasthan (known as Rajputana) were merged to form the Indian state of Rajasthan.
 
Known as the ‘pink city’, Jaipur is an extolledtourist destination that pulsates with life. It is renowned for its beautiful palaces, majestic hilltop forts and indulgent shopping (the city is home to some of Asia’s best bazaars). A busy urban hub as well a centre for the arts and an important market for the world’s gem trade, no visit to Jaipur is complete without a visit to the Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts and the famed rose-hued Hawa Mahal palace.
 
Being unveiled early in 2012, another of Jaipur’s palaces will open to the public for the first time – Jal Mahal (‘lake palace’) is set on the banks on the man-made Mansagar Lake and has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.
 
Jaipur together with Delhi and Agra make up India’s famed Golden Triangle – three must-visit destinations for any discerning tourist. With theaddition of the ITC Rajputana to the Luxury Collection, this portfolio now has a presence in each of these cities and it is excellent timing for those wishing to explore Jaipur’s newly opened palace as part of their Golden-Triangle experience.
 
ITC Rajputana’s luxurious accommodation is made up of 201 rooms and 17 exquisite suites. Guests will be able to choose from a range of options including elegant Royale rooms, luxurious chambers and Executive Club rooms featuring workspace for the corporate traveller.
 
ITC Hotels’ acclaimed dining concepts are represented in this property by five restaurants and bars with highlights including an outpost of award-winning Peshawri, which dishes up the authentic, rustic flavours of the North West Frontier and Sheesh Mahal – nicknamed the ‘Palace of Mirrors’ – well-known as the best bar in town.  
 
A wealth of leisure facilities include the luxurious and award-winning Kaya Kalp Spa, an outdoor pool, a spacious indoor gym and jogging track for keen runners. World-class conference facilities are also available for the adroit business traveller to India.
 
As the first premium brand in the world to achieve LEED Platinum rating when all original eight of the Luxury Collection hotels were awarded this prestigious accolade in 2011, it was ITC Rajputana’s commitment to ITC Hotels’ ethos of Responsible Luxury that elevated it to Luxury Collection status. Already in place are a wealth of eco-friendly measures that make the hotel water positive, carbon positive and solid waste recycling positive. ITC Rajputana is Rajasthan’s first and only LEED Platinum rated hotel.
 
One night at ITC Rajputana starts at INR15,500 (GBP£188 approx) on a bed & breakfast basis. For further information on ITC Rajputana visit http://www.itchotels.in/Hotels/itcrajputana.aspx
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