Palace stays in India, and historic hotels
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.
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 is 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.
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.
Ananda in the Himalayas is the ultimate spiritual escape: India's only true destination spa located in the tranquil Himalaya foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Surrounded by Sal forests and overlooking the sacred Ganges, Ananda will leave you breathless.
Chhatra Sagar in Nimaj is a luxury tented camp in true Rajput style. All of the tents face east overlooking a lake and the surrounding pristine wetlands, scrub forests, grasslands and farms that have made Chhatra Sagar a haven for birds and birdwatchers alike.
The majestic 250-year-old Ahilya Fort sits high on the banks of one of India's most scared rivers, the Narmada, in the beautifully unexplored town of Maheshwar. The fort was once the home of one of India's most celebrated woman rulers - Ahilya Bai Holkar - and offers a wonderful opportunity to get off the tourist trail.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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 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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