The closest thing to a home stay in Rajasthan, the Singh family who run Shahpura Bagh still reside here, and are the most welcoming and fascinating hosts. They will regale you with tales of royal life pre-independence as well as you show you around their ancestral homeland. A pretty white colonial bungalow and annexe house nine spacious bedrooms with high ceilings, huge beds, large bathrooms with free standing baths and plenty of style and photographic history of the family’s past. The house is surrounded by 30 acres of land, and numerous lakes make it an ideal place for watching the rich birdlife, as well as cycle rides, picnic lunches and sunset boat rides. Pre-dinner drinks are often arranged around the lit pool, which is in our opinion, the best in Rajasthan, and dinner is amongst the best in Rajasthan with the old family cook producing sumptuous and plentiful local Rajasthani cuisine. Dinner is taken communally with the family and other guests, and you are guaranteed to leave as firm friends. For a special treat, how about an exclusive, candle lit dinner at the nearby family fort?