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The ancestral town of Shahpura would not exist as it does today if, in the 1900s, the reigning maharajah, Rajadhiraj Nahar Singh, had not mortgaged off the family jewels in order to bring water to his people following a catastrophic drought. Today, the lakes he created are the lifeline to a seasonal wetland teeming with birdlife and fish. Our pick of the best places to stay in Shahpura are steeped in history and heritage.
A world away from urban Rajasthan, Shahpura is a place where time has stood still. Just a three and half hour drive from Udaipur, en route to Jaipur and Delhi it makes for a well timed and relaxing stop over in between long road journeys.
Famed for its textiles and decorative silverware a visit to the tribal villages and farms is an interesting and colourful day out.
Walk up to the 480 year old historic Dhikola Fort for views across the town of Shahpura.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Shahpura is simply THE place to stay in the area!
For a heritage stay
- Set within forty acres of verdant tree lined grounds Shahpura Bagh is a royal ancestral home, with a gorgeous decked pool - if you can tear yourself away from it, then local village and farm visits await.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Shahpura to start to plan your trip. Alternatively widen the net and look at all our Rajasthan recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
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Shahpura Bagh 9 rooms from £120Shahpura
Amidst sprawling gardens this historic estate oozes elegance and charm. Suites fit for a maharaja include four-posters, ornate textiles and large, airy windows. A feast of traditional Rajasthani dishes is served in the dining room or al-fresco whilst the heated outdoor pool is the place to relax.Historic - 120-year old property, once the seat of local princes and still owned by the Raja.Great walks - There are some easy nature trails around Shahpura and more challenging trekking routes depending on your ability.Local markets - The town of Shahpura is just a short walk away where colourful sarees and local leather shoes can be bought.Cooking classes - Take home some local flavours with a private cooking class courtesy of the head chef.