20th June 2008 Jaipur, June 20, 2008:
THE WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY HERITAGE HOTEL AT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS, WINS YET ANOTHER APPLAUD- VOTED AS ASIA’S LEADING SUITE AT THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY OSCARS. THE DURBAR MAHAL SUITE OF THE RAJ PALACE HOTEL, JAIPUR– THE PRIVATE COURT OF THE RULER IS STILL THE PERFECT ABODE FOR MODERN DAY MAHARAJAS New Delhi, 20th June, 2008: The Raj Palace, the world’s leading Luxury Heritage Hotel & winner of “Best Heritage Hotel in India” at the National Tourism Award 2007 now adds another appreciation to its awards-shelf. The Durbar Suite of the hotel has been conferred as Asia’s Leading Suite at the World Travel Awards.The Trophy was received by Raj Palace at midnight on 19th June at a glitzy ceremony at Shanghai. The World Travel Awards are the most comprehensive and prestigious award programmes in the global travel industry. The voting was conducted among 167000 travel professionals worldwide including 110000 travel agents. Dedicated travel professionals and their clients have come to regard the World Travel Awards as the best endorsement that any travel product can receive.
THE DURBAR MAHAL SUITE- Private Quarter of the Kings. The Durbar Mahal Suite used by the ruler himself overlooks the inner courts of the palace and the Charbagh Garden. It is an opulent combination of a double-height reception room with vaulted apartments intended as a sleeping chamber for the Thakur Sahib. Its luxurious ornamentation includes Gold leafed painted walls, Stucco and mirror work, with Overhanging Jharokas. The furniture is in gold and silver. The Highlight of the Suite is a private museum displaying the Old Throne and Bolsters of The Thakur Sahib.
The Raj Palace, a beautiful and poetic blend of Mughal, European and Periodic architecture, is the oldest mansion of Jaipur. Thakur Mohan Singh, ruler of Chaumoo, built this architectural and historical marvel in 1727. In 1995, Princess Jayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury heritage hotel. 12 years of painstaking restoration with 18 hours of work a day, under the discerning eye of the Princess herself, resulted in this brilliant palace finding its old and unique charisma. The property, today, has the grand honor of being the first Museum Suite Palace hotel of the world as the suites have their own private museum.
The Raj Palace is the only Palace Hotel in India to make it to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an unsurpassed collection of over 440 hotels spanning more than 70 countries. Recognized as the only Palace that has been restored to its original glory and charm, Raj Palace’s Restaurant and Bars were voted as one of the best in the world at the 32nd International Awards for Hotel and Catering at Spain by the American Travel Association. The Palace guest list has, over the years, been adorned with Royalty like Lord Mountbatten, Maharani Gayatri Devi, Maharaja Man Singh in past and present Ruling Families of Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Baharin etc. It’s also hosted celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Fredrick Forsyth, Elaine Page, Dominique Lapierre, Aamir Khan, Javed Akhtar, rich Bankers of the orient and Oil Tycoons.
Following suites were Nominated in this category which was finally voted in Favour of The Raj Palace as Asia’s Leading Suites.
- Asia's Leading Suite Durbar Mahal Suite, The Raj Palace
- Emperor Suite, The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei
- Fuchun Villa, Fuchun Resort, China
- Kohinoor Suite, The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
- Maharaja Suite, The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore, India
- Presidential Suite, The Excelsior, Hong Kong
- Presidential Villa, Kumarakom Lake Resort
- Royal Imperial Suite, The Imperial New Delhi, India
- The Mandarin Suite, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
- The Oriental Suite, The Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
- The Peninsula Suite, The Peninsula Hong Kong
- The Presidential Suite, Conrad Bangkok, Thailand
So, for a tryst with Royalty try the pride of India- The Raj Palace Hotel.
Press Release 27th February 2008
Jaipur, Febuary 27, 2008: The National Tourism Awards for 2006-2007 were announced and presented on 27th Febuary 2008 At a function at Vigyan Bhawan, Plenary Hall, the External Affairs Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee gave away the awards. The Minister of Tourism & Culture Smt. Ambika Soni presided over the function. MS ANKUR RARA ( General Manager The Raj Palace ) and MR. Jagdish Bhist ( Financial controller The Raj Palace ) received the award for The Raj Palace in the category of "Best Heritage Hotel in India" .
World Travel Awards come to Jaipur!And how.
Jaipur, December 17, 2007: Jaipur's night sky burst into a thousand bursts of fireworks as Smt Vasundhara Raje, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan, turned the spotlight on The Raj Palace when she unveiled the World's Leading Luxury Heritage Hotel Award received by the hotel in the Caribbean on December 12 at The World Travel Awards ceremony.
Addressing a very select gathering of the travel industry's who's who and national and travel media, Smt Raje said, "By going where no Indian hotel has gone before, the Raj Palace had done the country and, indeed, the State proud. This Oscar of the travel industry award for 'The Leading and the Best Heritage Hotel in the World' has not only added a feather in our cap but also put India's hospitality sector on the global map for the first time," she further said while felicitating Shri Arun Puri, Managing Director of GKV Hotels Pvt. Ltd, which owns the property.
Thanking the Chief Minister, Arun Puri said, "This highest recognition and honour for the travel fraternity would not have been possible without the support of the Government of Rajasthan and the dynamic Incredible India! campaign that has been tremendously instrumental in capturing the world's attention." Going on, he said, "the award would have been unachievable without my wife, Jayendra Kumari's brave imagination and vision, which has catapulted us to this height."
The trophy, which arrived in the city on December 16, 2007, has been attracting big trade and media attention. A representative from The Raj Palace had received the leading international award in a glitzy ceremony on December 12 when 330 travel professionals representatives, VIPs as well as international media from 30 countries from across the globe converged on the Caribbean island of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos for the 14th Annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony where this year's world winners were finally crowned.
The Raj Palace was voted the 'World's Best' by 167,000 travel professionals worldwide, including 110,000 travel agents. This accolade has come to India for the very first time in this category. Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the "Travel Industry's Oscars", the World Travel Awards are the most comprehensive and prestigious awards programme in the global travel industry today. Attended by the captains of industry, the World Travel Awards' ceremonies are highly regarded as the forum that serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements in all sectors of the global travel industry.
Raj Palace, located on the Amber Road near the Zorawar Singh Gate, isn't exactly unknown to celebrities, having hosted Fredrick Forsyth, Dominic La Pierre and film stars from Hollywood and Bollywood the hotel itself has been in operation for 10 years.
HH Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, President of the Heritage Hotels Association of India, presided over the function. Congratulating Jayendra Kumri, the current owner of The Raj Palace, and Arun Puri, he said, "this is India's first-ever award in the best in world category and The Raj Palace should be justifiably proud to have brought home this honour for the country and, equally importantly, Rajasthan."
Jayendra Kumari, the grand daughter of Thakur Raj Singh of Chomu and the 16th generation of Rajasthan's Chomu royal family that built The Raj Palace in 1727. It has taken Jayendra Kumari 12 years to restore the hotel and create the pioneering museum suites, with unimaginable man-hours, development and sourcing decisions to convert this dream into a reality. The reality of being World's Leading Luxury Heritage Hotel…