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Savista, at Village Sanjharia, Off Ajmer Road, Jaipur 302042, Rajasthan

Haveli (Main House)

Haveli is the term used for a private mansion in South Asia, usually one with historical and architectural significance. The word haveli is derived from the Arabic haveli, through the Persian hawli, meaning “an enclosed place”.  Havelis share similar features with other mansions derived from Islamic architecture such as the traditional hawlis in Morocco.

The Savista haveli blends traditional architectural design with comfortable modern interiors. It houses 14 bedrooms and a recreation and dining complex that includes a games lounge, library, movie theatre, music room and several spacious, breezy lounges. The haveli is set in its own gardens of Jasmine, Champa, Parijat, Karanji, Gulmohur, Khejri and Neem trees.

The poolside games lounge is outfitted with a table tennis table and a range of indoor board games,  as well as a travel library and low level lounging mattresses and cushions set around coffee tables.  The library has a rich collection of reference books on Indian history, religion, culture and philosophy, as well as fiction by Indian and international authors. It also has reading chairs and a work table.  It is situated by the pool, and large glass doors behind lead down to the stone-paved amphitheatre and fields beyond.   Our intimate movie theatre, complete with cushions and Rajasthani quilts, is ideal for a relaxing evening, with an extensive collection of Hollywood and Indian films, documentaries, and TV shows.  Guests have access to a guitar, electronic keyboard, harmonica, tabla and harmonium in the music room (which also houses a vintage sitar and veena).

The haveli is WiFi enabled, and guests can connect to the internet anywhere in the complex via their laptops, tablets, or mobiles.