Our Story


Thirty seven years ago, a retired engineer tried to make a dream of his come true. Fond of traveling he wanted to open a hotel in his adopted hometown of Jaipur.  A hotel that was clean, safe and pleasant, yet affordable for a middle-class person like himself. He owned a rundown haveli/mansion that had once belonged to a feudal lord of the old Jaipur State.

On his request, his engineer sons left their jobs and joined him in converting the haveli into a hotel, while the ladies of the house took charge of the kitchen. Everything was envisioned and designed by the father and sons themselves, to the extent that the building modifications and additions were designed by the family themselves, as they could not find an architect who could do justice to what the patriarch had envisioned.

And so, with the whole family engaged in its operations, Arya Niwas opened its doors for guests with 20 rooms in 1983. As no family member was a ‘Hotel management’ graduate or had any exposure to regular hotels and their operations; they did what they thought was right and fair.

Some ideals that were laid down at its inception, and have come to define Arya Niwas are:
  • High standards of cleanliness, hygiene and maintenance.
  • Well-lit and well ventilated, aesthetically pleasing rooms.
  • Plenty of open spaces, gardens and lawns.
  • Sincere and transparent pricing policy.
  • Fair and fixed prices, great value for money.
  • No commission to auto/rickshaw wallahs.
  • Vegetarian, limited service restaurant with an open kitchen serving home like food.
  • Visual on display menu, fresh preparations made every day.
  • No bar or service of alcoholic drinks.
  • Limited room service.
  • No Tipping policy.

Most of these policies were quite new at that point of time and sometimes, like in the case of open kitchen, no tips, or no commission to rickshaw/auto wallahs, were against the accepted way of running a hotel.

The experts in travel trade were, to put it mildly, bemused at how a 65-year-old man was staking his family’s financial fortune on a seemingly too idealistic endeavour. Hotels were not supposed to run like this! Well, despite all forebodings of failure, the hotel was a runaway success. It grew from strength to strength and was awarded many awards and recognitions for quality services in its category, simply because it offered what was really required, and not what was desirable and fashionable.

It offered simplicity, transparent policies and great value for money; things that helped the hotel get the TRUST of our guests.

37 years hence, the hotel has grown from 20 to 128 rooms. The owner family is still directly involved, though the business has grown and today includes:

Hotels: Tara Niwas – A friendly small hotel, Jai Niwas renovated Bungalow hotel set in a nice garden,  Om Niwas all suite  apartment-hotel Jaipur Jantar – Best Hostel

Travel: Virasat Experiences – Offers unique walking tours and rural experiences in Rajasthan;  Tours 2 Rajasthan – travel agency that promises quality and innovative tours all over Rajasthan and North India; Jaipur Diaries – Interesting craft workshops and activities.


Food:  Chitra Cafe Popular restaurant at Arya Niwas. Though all our hotels have restaurants serving good home like food, Chitra Cafe has been a pioneer in many ways and continues to be popular with guests and local Jaipur residents alike with an ever changing menu;  Om Niwas Bakery Line – Home like breads, cookies, bakes, preserves, pickles and chutney in a wide range made using no chemical preservatives and additives. 

Experiences: Arya Niwas is proud to be associated with Jaipur Virasat Foundation in developing  Rajasthan Rural Arts Project  at Krishna Marg, Jaipur. This is a unique centre here a visitor can see a museum dedicated to folk music, catch regular folk music performances, meet the artists and even stay in a small guest house on premises (Krishna Marg)!

The guiding light and founding father of the dream has passed away; but his vision lives on.

The essential ideals, decided at the time of inception are still held sacred, and adhered to. All our services are still family managed and offer good value for money but as times change, we have tried to adopt, adapt and improve on the services, introducing features like:

  • Eco-logically sensible operations and practices.
  • Contemporary Business centre facilities like free and fast, universally available yet safe Wi-fi
  • Traditional techniques and designs for construction
  • Full attention to modern safety and security requirements

We invite you to be our guests, when in Jaipur.

We will be honoured to help you plan a trip to our beautiful city and country.

We are constantly striving to present new and authentic experiences that lets a visitor know our culture a bit better and to appreciate the incredibly rich heritage that our state inherits.

All that we have learnt in travel and hospitality is through our guests.

We invite you as our teachers, and guides as we look towards many future years of serving our guests.