One of the best ways to experience the royal heritage of India is to stay at one of the magnificent palace hotels. These hotels were once home to India’s royalty, and in some cases still are, but have since been converted into accommodations as a way of retaining their existence. Most of them are situated in Rajasthan, which was home to the rich Rajput kingdom.
Known for opulent interiors, romantic settings, royal architecture, primped gardens and delectable Indian cuisine, here are five breathtaking hotels and accommodations where you could live like royalty.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Under the Taj Group of hotels, the Lake Palace is often regarded as one of the world’s most romantic hotels. Located in the middle of Lake Pichola that offer with panoramic views of Udaipur, the sprawling 250 year-old palace is largely designed in beautiful white marble and mosaic elements.
Built as a summer escape by the Mewar royal dynasty in 1743, the resort was ultimately converted into a hotel in the 1960s. With the transition, the original fountains and fretwork expanded to include 66 luxury rooms, which are all decadently decorated with rich colors and excellent Indian textiles.
Raj Palace, Jaipur
Possibly one of Jaipur’s oldest palaces, the Raj Palace Hotel was built in 1727 and carries with itself multiple accolades for being a wonder of its own. Its breathtaking Durbar Mahal Suite, was not just “Asia’s Leading Suite” in the 2008 World Travel Awards, but was also the very room used by the Maharaja himself. As one of the leading heritage hotels, it would only be wise to stay in their Museum Suites which come fitted with a private museum.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
As the former hunting lodge and residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the Rambagh Palace is located just outside city walls of Jaipur. Predictably opulent, all 78 restored grand luxury rooms and suites are designed with high ceilings and impeccably decorated with antiques. Retaining the palace’s splendour, the space is extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble latticework, cupolas and cenotaphs. Not forgetting, a walk in the elaborate Mughal Gardens should also be on the agenda during your stay.
Located within the massive 35 acre Ahhichatragarh Fort, Ranvas was once the abode of the royal Jodhpur family in the 12th century. Rooms are not typical and are instead made to resemble havelis — a private townhouse — and come with private courtyards. Decorated with a mix of traditional Rajasthani furnishings and modern elements, each space will bring you back to a glorious bygone era.
Ahilya Fort, Khargone, Madhya Pradesh
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The majestic Ahilya Fort sits atop the large sandstone walls of Maheshwar Fort. While the guest residence is not the largest in terms of the rooms, the 13 unique rooms are beautifully decked out and scattered among the six 18th century buildings. With lawned courtyards and impressive views that overlook the sacred Narmada river, a stay here would be steeped with culture and heritage that you wouldn’t forget.
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