The late Rajmata Gayatri Devi always wanted to do a book on Rambagh Palace and author Dharmendar Kanwar fulfilled this wish by painstakingly gathering together the scattered pieces of its history, to offer a vivid picture of the many changes and successive restorations that have preserved its architectural and artistic integrity and tradition, in the book — Rambagh Palace Jaipur.
The exquisite coffee table book also traces its many transitions — from the garden lodge to the royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, to official residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and, to the luxury hotel it is today.
“I had started work on this book even earlier but unfortunately, it couldn’t be done during the lifetime of Rajmata Gayatri Devi. The project was revived by the management of Rambagh Palace and I was very happy to work on the book as I had collected a lot of information on Rambagh as royal residence,” says Kanwar.
However, this book wasn’t easy to complete. The author shares that the challenges included the availability of archival material in terms of old photographs and written material and that took her longer than she had expected.
“It meant meeting countless people who were connected to the hotel; unfortunately, not all of them were able to recollect their early years in Rambagh so that was a bit of a grey area,” she recalls.