Pushpendra is one of the sons of Wing Commander RN Bhargava (Retired), and he is the proprietor of the Jaipur Inn, as his father was before him. He is very happy to be accompanied by house guests on his morning walks through the old walled city, and advertises this in a posting on the messages board. These activities are not for the ambulatorily fainthearted, because P. can move at quite a clip. He and I went to Nahargarh Fort at 5.00 am on one of my days there (stunning views of northern Jaipur-see attached photo).
Pushpendra seems to have a platoon of loyal staff, scrubbing, brushing and fixin' stuff (and one employee sleeping near reception, so he can be of assistance to guests with early flights out!), so the premises always appear to be much loved. The day's national and Jaipur papers are arranged each morning on a table in reception. Nice touch.
P's delightful father lives in an apartment out the back, and he seems to preside on the ground floor, exuding Royal Indian Air Force (as it was) old world manners, intelligence and a keen interest in people's origins etc. He also has fascinating photographs on his walls.
Pushpendra has sensibly allowed the ground floor restaurant to be run by a lessee of the space, but he need not be concerned with what it offers: for a person who doesn't incline to buffets, I was most impressed with the breakfast-lasse, cereal, eggs, tea etc. And wonderful Indian dishes with paratha. Ice-cold Kingfisher beer, able to be purchased from reception, is always on hand. What more can set one up for a hard days hard day fossicking around the gorgeous architectural triumphs of the Rajput maharajahs and, in my case attending an evening IPL quarter-final match between Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals?
The bedrooms are clean, and I had no problem with my a.c. My bathroom was a little dark and had clearly seen better days, but this is a minor quibble, when the reason for being in a place like Jaipur is also to get out of one's hotel. I could step onto the bedroom verandah, hear peacocks cooing in the trees and watch the activity on the rooftops about. Unlike Delhi and Jodhpur, Jaipur seems untroubled by monkeys sitting on every perch.
For me, the best feature was the spotlessly clean rooftop cafe/bar, where there is a sense of liberation from the frenetic streets of Jaipur, gazing out over the buildings, watching the eagles, and from where you can write postcards home (if that is what you still do-in which case, good on you), or go on-line with the wi-fi. It is a bit of a work in progress up here, and it probably needs more of a personality behind the bar to draw more guests to roof, and perhaps even to encourage locals to drop by. I am sure P. will find just the right sort of person to manage this area. Such are the hotel's charms, I had half a mind applying for the job myself.
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