Thirty Five 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; 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 even a architect was not involved in the design of the hotel as the patriarch could not find any that would put his dreams to paper.
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 came to define Arya Niwas are :
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.
In spite of 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.
35 years hence, the hotel has grown from 20 to 128 rooms. The owner family owns and operates many more businesses today including:
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 restaurnat 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 flk 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 as the third generation takes over the operations. 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:
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.