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Jayamahal Palace Hotel

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    Beer Towers, Swimming At Only INR 400, Race Cars: Jayamahal Palace Hotel's Legacy Lives On

    Aakanksha posted on 29 July

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    Be it for a gala wedding reception, the Above And Beyond Concert or to wander the lawns on the past Bangalore Lit Fests, we’ve all been to this architectural marvel in the centre of town. But like all palaces, this one too has its secrets and we’re letting some of them out of the bag.

    It Really Is Royal

    Originally the property of the Maharaja Of Mysore, the palace is currently owned and managed by a company set up by the erstwhile princely state of Gondal in Gujarat. Theirs since the 1940s, the palace used to be a summer home. So if you are dazzled by the royal life, you can choose to rent out the vast lawns for a wedding or party. Alternatively, just check into the Royal Suite which used to be the royal family’s personal residence. Think four-poster beds, regal wooden stairs, and décor and artifacts that have been heirlooms for centuries. Even Indira Gandhi called it home for three days, they say!

    The Formula III Bar Is A Tribute To The Maharaja of Gondal

    A car racing enthusiast and expert in his day, Jyotindrasinghji Jadeja of Gondal {who lives in Gujarat}, the Formula III bar is an automobile-themed one. From quirky wheels for table stands, coasters with cars of them, and couches draped in the chequered flag, it’s like you’re in a pit lane. Make sure you look at the walls, dotted with numerous photos of the former Maharaja, his brother and cousins, from their days as racers. Talk about life in the fast lane! This place is still a go-to bar of racing enthusiasts for ‘old times’ sake’, we are told.

    Dal Makhani + Handi Lamb

    The Dal Makhani, slow-cooked overnight, actually has the smoky flavour and you’ll do well to pair it with the Butter Naan. For those who like Laal Maas, you know we don’t get the authentic kinds here, but the closest we have gotten is with the Handi Lamb. Made with no holds barred on the ghee and khada masala {whole garam masala}, the meat falls off the bone, and simply melts in the mouth. If you’re not counting calories, order Sufiyani Murg Pulao {yes, we know it’s chicken}. The Maharaja’s favourite, you can happily ignore the chicken {for now}, because it’s really much like a Yakhni pulao – rich, aromatic and with plenty of saffron.

    Swim In The Quaint Pool

    Set in the new wing of the hotel, the swimming pool is not massive but adds to the atmosphere. We love it because it makes us feel like we’re on holiday — after all, there’s 20 acres of free space, a canopy of trees, good food and of course, a palace looming over. And at INR 400 for a dip, it’s fantastic when there’s kids around. Plus, rather romantic eh?

    Drink Beer For INR 150

    Sure there are places which can get you beer for less, but when in this kind of ambience {plus, bar nibbles on the house}, it’s a great bargain. Settling here at about 3pm is not out of the ordinary, and neither is lingering until you’re politely asked to leave! The pitchers {INR 400} or the towers {INR 800} of beer are also great ideas, especially if you’re with friends.

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    Jayamahal Palace Hotel

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    locationJayamahal Road

    1, Jayamahal Road, Near Cantonment Railway Station, Jayamahal, Bengaluru

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      Jayamahal Palace Hotel

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