The Glaze Palace Of Dholpur

Raj Niwas Palace, a heritage hotel in Rajasthan, is like a temple to craftsmanship

The drawing room of Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur, Rajasthan Photo: Dholpur Palace

We drive up through great wrought-iron gates, down a tree-lined gravel path and stop in front of a vast European edifice the Raj Niwas Palace in Dholpur, Rajasthan. Built by the ruler of Dholpur, the palace is owned by Dushyant Singh, son of Vasundhara Raje who married into the royal family. Even before I step inside, the subtle application of local craftsmanship on the red-stone is evident - intricate arabesques and jaalis cover the façade.