Can you really visit the Maharaja of Jaipur?

#1 Mar 26th, 2004, 12:06
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Hi everyone!

In the Let's Go guide of India and Nepal it says on pg. 492 that in Jaipur you can actually make an apointment to visit the Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh. It says he typically grants private audiences to visitors on weekdays.
Is this really possible? Has anyone heard of this or done this in their travels? I think it would be really cool to get a chance to meet and visit with a real Maharaja!
#2 Mar 26th, 2004, 14:03
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What is it with the Americans and their fascination with royalty??

Jaipur Royal Family have a website and a Contact Us page:

http://www.royalfamilyjaipur.com/contact.htm

with their phone numbers and email addresses incl HRH

Good luck and don't forget to post a report here!! also regards to HRH from indiamikers

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New cat Volga,hmmmm from the longing look of catty ,i think its missing India .
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absolutely!!
and in my profile page there is this cat dreaming abt India
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Thanks for the info Volga_Volga.

I'll be sure to post what happens when we attempt this!

I'm not sure if I'm all that fascinated with royalty, I know most Americans are. But I thought of all things to do in Jaipur this would be one thing that most visitors never get a chance to do, so it would be unique (I suppose).


Am I the typical tourist for wanting to do this?


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I have never heard of anyone wanting to do this or doing this! but little do I know let's see if anyone on this board has done this

but so far you are unique

His Royal Highness looks cute (and quite approacheable) on the picture on that website. I still think you would need to come up with a good reason for the audience, not just "meet the Maharaja of Jaipur"

I always wondering what exactly royal families in India were doing these days, someone told me they were involved in charitable work for their local communities

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I am not sure whether it is practical for the Maharajah to meet each request but he lunches often at the Palace Cafe in the City Palace and - this is for sure - he is very approachable.
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Hello Lilly,
I hope I am doing this correctly to get a message to you. It seems you are very knowledgeable about India (being a senior member and all). I am traveling to India this December with my husband and another couple. We are just doing all of the typical first time tourist things. I am hoping you can answer a question for me. Through our travel agent (Concords), we have the choice of either taking an over night train from Jaisalmer to Jaipur or being driven in a van. I have tried to ask my travel agent some questions but there seems to be a little language barrer, so perhaps you will help me. Have you traveled on trains in India? What is the best way to get from point A to point B, train or road?
Sunny CA.
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When I was in Jaipur in March, we had tea with HRH in the residence part of the city palace. It was quite nice and the food was great, also the living areas were quite nice and he was happy to take us around. The dusty fotos of Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwel on the Elephant, Princess Diana, the Queen, Clinton and Chelsea added to the surreal atmosphere apart from the fact that the wointer ended early this year and it was about 33 degrees at 4pm. The Maharini did not join us as his daughter was in or going into labour soon. He also attended a dinner with us at a hotel that was once his home - can't remember the name of the place, but it had Taj or palace in it, as do alomst all the hotels in Jpur.
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I always wondering what exactly royal families in India were doing these days, someone told me they were involved in charitable work for their local communities

Volga
There were over 560 royal/princely states. What has become of the royal families of these states differs greatly. Some like the royals of Baroda have become great business people. The Maharana of Udaipur is a very successful hotelier. Many like the Maharaja of Patiala are now politicians.

After the privy purses were abolished many found they could not afford to run their vast palaces so sold off the palaces, land and jewels they owned.
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My mums guide said he could arrange it for the group, but that it would cost 100 each! does the maharaja request this, or was this the sneaky guide asking for the money?
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Originally Posted by Karma Queen My mums guide said he could arrange it for the group, but that it would cost 100 each! does the maharaja request this, or was this the sneaky guide asking for the money?
I think the guide is trying to fleece you. Go to the web site mentioned by volga volga http://www.royalfamilyjaipur.com/contact.htm

and contact a few of the email addresses to book your own visit.
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Jaipur

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Size:  24.9 KBI know it's too late to reply but yah Maharaja of Jaipur is a very nice man. We met him and his son-in-law. We had to say no to lunch offer (sadly). couldn't imagine eating with them with my younger brat
But my elder one (9 yrs) had GREAT time with both of them. Asked tons of question and he answered patiently..One of our memorable experience.
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I think there was reference to this in a recent Wall Street Journal travel article. I looked at the price and decided not..

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