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'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.
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.
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.