Built in 1835 on a modest scale for the queen's favourite handmaiden Kesar Badaran, it was later refurbished as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge. In 1925, Rambagh was converted into a palace, and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Spread across 47 acres of gardens dotted with peacocks in the heart of the city. With its beautiful architecture and interiors, the palace-hotel evokes the splendour of royal India at its best. The Palace was converted into a Luxury heritage hotel in 1957. The hotel was taken over by the Taj group in 1972.