Feast on Gobelin tapestries, Murano chandeliers, Persian carpets......
Chapslee Palace: In keeping with the trend of old palaces being converted into heritage hotels, Chapslee Palace in Simla is now open to the moneyed hoi- polloi.
Chapslee Palace was once the summer residence of the late Honourable Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala. It is now offered as a residence for paying guests. The palace is situated between Lakkar Bazaar and Long Wood in Simla. While not very big by modern standards, the palace is a quiet evocation of a past era.
Chapslee offers six elegant suites, a library, a card room, tennis court and a croquet lawn. Resplendent with heirlooms such as Gobelin tapestries, chandeliers from Murano, blue pottery jardinieres from Multan, Peshwa vases, Persian carpets, marble statuary and collections of Indian objet d` arts, Chapslee exudes old-world charm.
The highlight of the stay here is the delectable cuisine. Raja Charanjit Singh was famed as gourmet extraordinaire and his table was considered to be one of the finest. His grandson, Kanwar Ratanjit Singh continues the tradition, offering Anglo-Indian and royal Indian cuisine.
Contact: Chapslee Palace, Tel: (0177) 202542;
Fax: 258663. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rates: $120 to $170 per couple inclusive of meals, taxes and service charges.