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Discover the birthplace of Indian Polo

18th July 2011 Print
Chomu Palace Hotel

Jaipur has long been considered the home of Indian Polo. Introduced in the Mughal period, the sport gained popularity at the height of the British Empire.

Today, it is associated with the Jaipur Royal Family who add a touch of glamour to the occasion. Besides Nepal, Rajasthan is the only place in the world where you can see Elephant Polo being played. However the sport is more of a novelty than a competitive pastime. Due the elephant’s size, the pace of the match is taken at a much more relaxing and leisurely pace. Many people come to watch simply because these animals create such a oddity as they pursue the ball at their own majestic pace.  Matches are held in Jaipur throughout the year so it is a great place to stopover on your tour of Rajasthan.

The Chomu Palace Hotel is the perfect regal setting for a couple of nights or a longer stay. Located around 45 minutes from the centre of Jaipur, it has the benefit of being close enough to all the attractions but far enough away to escape the city when needed. The property has a colourful history and was recently converted from a palace to a working hotel. As such all of the 58 bedrooms are unique in both style and appearance.  The rooms have been tastefully decorated incorporating modern facilities to create the ultimate in luxury. 

After a long day of sightseeing, you may want to relax with a meal in the Darbar Hall. All tastes are catered for with traditional Rajasthani cuisine competing with the international fare on the a la carte menu. Drinks are served in the Sheesh Mahal lounge bar, a beautiful space where ornate glass work adorns the walls and chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Guests can also opt to dine on the terrace. The Chomu Palace Hotel offers world renowned ayurveda therapies in the Sansha Spa. Other leisure facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gymnasium. 

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