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Introduction

There are a number of spectacular palace hotels and historic places to stay throughout India. Once home to India's royalty, the buildings have been converted into accommodation to preserve their existence, meaning that you can now stay and experience firsthand how royalty once lived.

Jaipur

While travelling in Jaipur look for spectacular converted palaces such as the Rajmahal Palace and Rambagh Palace, which continue the fine tradition of Rajput hospitality. Close by, the Neemrana Fort Palace in Rajasthan is one of India's oldest heritage resorts. It's located roughly halfway between Agra and Jaipur and is an excellent alternative to staying in Agra itself, if you plan to explore the Golden Triangle. Then, for something truly luxurious, the exquisite Alila Fort Bishangarh offers oversized suites, fine dining and spa treatments in a converted 230-year-old castle with unmatched views over the Rajasthani countryside.


Udaipur

Devigarh near Udaipur is one India's most sublime boutique hotels. Having been completely restored from ruin, this luxurious all suite 'palace' occupies a former hilltop fort. The property features local marble and semi-precious stones throughout, showcasing contemporary design and spectacular heritage. Actually in Udaipur you'll find the Taj Lake Palace, held to be one of India's most famous and romantic hotels with a stunning location in Lake Pichola.


Jodhpur

Perched high above the royal city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan is the opulent, colonial-style Umaid Bhawan Palace, held to be one of the last great palaces of India and still home to the Jodhpur royal family. The Deogarh Mahal palace is a leading heritage hotel offering a truly authentic experience. This rambling fort has been lovingly restored and cared for over 300 years by the Deogarh family. With an ideal position in the Aravalli Hills, it is a must for anyone travelling to the town of Deogarh, close to Jodhpur.


Top itineraries in Indian Palaces & Forts

Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,825 pp incl. flights

Rajasthan is the epitome of romantic India. Towering forts, ornate temples, peaceful lakes and glittering palaces characterise the cities and towns of this incredible north-Indian state. Explore it all on this tailor-made tour, which includes stays at some of the region's most characterful hotels.

Top places to stay in Indian Palaces & Forts

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Historic hotel

When greeted with a shower of rose petals on arrival, you can see why this is one of India's most famous and romantic hotels. This 19th century summer palace is brimming with old world elegance.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Historic hotel

The Rambagh Palace is located in the centre of busy Jaipur, Rajasthan. The hotel maintains the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality, offering guests a taste of royal living.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Historic hotel

Perched high above Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India. Designed in an opulent colonial style and completed in 1943, it blends influences from both east and west into what is still one of the largest private residences anywhere in the world.

Devi Garh by Lebua, Udaipur

Historic hotel

Devi Garh by Ledbua is a heritage hotel, housed within an 18th-century palace in the village of Delwara, near Udaipur. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Delwara principality from the middle of the 18th century until the mid-20th century. It's a stunning hill-top palace, which has been fan…

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