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If you follow me on instagram then you’ll have seen that last month we managed to escape the end of the Dubai summer with a trip to Jaipur, India. It was my first time in India and I fell in love. I’d heard such mixed things about this country and to be honest I was just incredibly excited to see if for myself.

I don’t know about you but after months in Dubai, I crave the crazy, the messy, the colour, the smells of a new place. Well India delivered all that and more. Elephants parading down the streets, cows laying where they see fit, trucks painted in the most colourful artworks, spices in the air, not so nice smells in the air, streets alive with people and so many colours that I thought my eyes might explode.


We stayed just outside the hustle and bustle of Jaipur in the Tree of Life. It was a great choice as we had all the peace and quiet of the Indian countryside and yet were a mere 25 minute drive into the city.

The food was delicious and the rooms were practically palatial in size. Heavenly quiet, this is the place to stay if you’re after some serious chillaxing time.

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I’ll confess, the shopping was harder than I anticipated. I was expecting huge covered markets eastern style with everything under one hustle and bustle roof. Sadly this is not the case and as everything is very spread out I would highly recommend hiring a driver for the day. Some of my stand out shops are below:

Anokhi, a brilliant place for homeware fabrics such as napkins, tablecloths, bed covers and ladies fashion  | 2nd Floor KK Square, C-11 Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme

Gem Palace, super duper jewels in all shapes and sizes | 348, MI Road

Jaipur Blue Pottery, this shop had no ac but had the best patterns and designs that I saw and stocked vases, plates and so many gorgeous trinket items | near Jalmahal, Amer Road

Hot Pink, vibrant and colourful ladies fashion | Narwal Niwas Palace

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The food was sensational. I am a huge fan of Indian food anyway but absolutely everything that we tried was honestly delicious.

Bar Palladio, stunning in every single way and the only time we didn’t eat Indian food. This place oozes cool.

Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, a cheap dinner and absolutely delicious in every way. This rooftop restaurant is quirky and moody and well worth a visit.

Oberoi, a stand out meal of the holiday, the staff went the extra mile at every turn and the food was absolutely incredibly, add in the beautiful surroundings and this make it one of my favourite meals. ever.

Rambagh Palace, Polo Bar, this bar provided us with the most perfect excuse to stroll around the beautiful Ragbagh Palace and then recline in a bar that almost transports you to the polo fields of Argentina.

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To be honest some of the older hotels are almost trips in themselves, as many of them used to be palaces they are exquisite in every way.

Amer Fort, on the outskirts of Jaipur and full of stunning architecture and archways. Climb to the top for stunning views over Jaipur.

City Palace, in the centre of Jaipur you can explore to your hearts content the old palaces. This is where my Jaipur door obsession kicked in….but seriously just look at that peacock door, how could you not fawn?

Jal Mahal, the floating palace, we didn’t actually venture inside this one but it is well worth a pause just to admire the beauty of the place.

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I adored our trip and it has definitely given me the India bug. Have you been to Jaipur? If you were to venture elsewhere in India where would you recommend? I need to get the next trip in the pipeline….especially as we are a mere 3 hour flight away from this beautiful country.

Jessica  Xx

About Jessica

I am the founder and editor of Lace in the Desert and have called Dubai my home for 4 years. Elegant design, romantic textures, intricate detailing and heart yearning photography are my loves. You won’t find a single wedding or feature on here that I do not think is truly awesome. I also love champagne and crumpets.

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