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No trip to the northwestern state of Rajasthan is complete without a night at Delwara village's Devi Garh hotel. The Delhi-based Poddar family renovated this eighteenth-century palace-fortress over a ten-year period, and their painstaking attention to detail is evident in 39 sparsely decorated but unmistakably posh suites, boasting floors inlaid with semiprecious stones and walls painted with miniature Krishnas. Liz Hurley threw a 40th-birthday bash for consort Arun Nayar here, and when PR executive Vanessa von Bismarck, who recommends the presidential suite, checked in over the holidays, she spied Paris Vogue's Carine Roitfeld. More information available at Devi Garh,
French jeweler Marie-Hélène de Taillac spends six months of the year in the Pink City of Jaipur sourcing stones and designing her collection. That's a long time to go without a fashion fix, which is why she partnered with Munnu Kasliwal of Gem Palace—the city's, nay India's, premier jeweler—to open Hot Pink, an airy boutique that stocks local labels like Manish Arora and Neeru Kumar. Hot Pink, Narain Niwas Palace, Jaipur, 011-91-141-510-8932
When Gillian Conroy and Danica Wilcox, alums of French and Japanese Vogue and partners in a new jewelry company, visit Jaipur (where their matte gold necklaces, cabochon labradorite earrings, and tourmaline rings are made), they invariably end up inside the Old City, searching for treasures at the Johari Bazaar. "It's colorful and chaotic, great for shopping for friends at home," says Conroy. "But be prepared to bargain hard." All that haggling can make a girl parched, so the duo quench their thirst at the nearby L.M.B. Hotel. Once refreshed, it's time for more shopping. Satayam, outside the City Palace gate, is their preferred tailor for made-to-measure clothes. More information available at Conroy & Wilcox,; Satayam, Laxman Dawra Road, Jaipur, 011-91-141-260-0555; L.M.B. Hotel, Johari Bazaar, Jaipur, 011-91-141-256-5844,
New Yorkers hungry for a taste of home eat at Véda, the Delhi restaurant opened by the chefs at popular Manhattan Indian joint Dévi. But it isn't just Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur's famous Gobi Manchurian that keeps the Jaislamer-marble tables packed. Rohit Bal, a fashion designer who's been called the Versace of India, has decorated the brick-walled space in spicy orange hues and plenty of mirrors—the better to spy the well-dressed locals. Véda, H 27, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, Delhi, 011-91-11-5151-3940
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