Fancy living like royalty for an evening? Then book a ticket to India now.
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh has added an Airbnb side hustle to his official duties, listing a room in his royal residence, the opulent City Palace of Jaipur, on the home-sharing site to raise funds for a rural women’s foundation.
The Gudliya Suite has never before been available to the public – its previously been the exclusive lodgings of the royal family and their celebrity guests (including Oprah and Prince Charles).
The sumptuously decorated rooms include a sky-blue bedroom with a four-poster bed, private lounge and kitchen, a hot tub and an indoor swimming pool. In addition, guests have access to the intricate web of arch-adorned terraces, private gardens and courtyards.
Each stay comes with breakfast and dinner at the in-house restaurant which highlights local produce and dishes. You’ll also have a private butler to answer your every whim and be guided around the palace and grounds by a member of the royal staff.
Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, in India’s north, and was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sprawling, sunset-hued sandstone palace was built in 1727 in the geometric Rajput architectural style.
Until 1 January, the suite is available for $1457 a night with all funds raised going to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation which supports rural women and artists in Rajasthan.
It’s a bargain – from the new year the nightly price will bump up to $11,652. It does come with roaming peacocks, after all.
Bookings open on 23 November.