India is the home to a number of heritage and traditional hotels and royal palaces that exudes ultimate comfort and luxury. Each of the particular properties has distinct qualities and is managed by renowned hotel groups who ensure guests an out of the world experience.
1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Built in the year 1835, the Rambagh Palace is one of the most beautiful structures that beautifully showcase the royal heritage of Rajasthan. It is the former residence where Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II lived with his queen Gayatri Devi. It sprawls across an area of 48 acres and is regarded as one of the largest palace hotels in Rajasthan.
This classic heritage is restored by the Taj Group of Hotels and is elaborately decorated to perfection. The exquisite architecture, manicured gardens and fine dining restaurants stand true to its name ‘Jewel of Jaipur’. Today, the palace has been reputed as one of the most luxurious accommodations across the globe.
2. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
The Taj Lake Palace was a former palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II (royal dynasty of Mewar) which is now turned into a luxurious hotel. The foundation sprawls across an area of 4 acres. The palace stands erected on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola. It was constructed between 1743 and 1746 and was regarded as the pleasure resort of the Maharana. The Lake Palace was restored to its utmost glory by the Taj Group and became popular after the James Bond movie has been shot here. The breathtaking location offers the best views of the Aravalli Hills, City Palace and the Jag Mandir.
The fine restaurants serve a variety of signature specialties that delights the senses. But only resident guests are allowed to enter the space. The Taj Lake Palace hotel has previously hosted guests like Lord Curzon and Jacqueline Kennedy. It is also the perfect venue for organizing a fairytale wedding or enjoying a magical honeymoon.
3. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Sitting on the bank of Lake Pichola, the Oberoi Udaivilas is one of a kind. Set against a mesmerizing backdrop, landscaped gardens and stunning architecture, this heritage retreat offers a relaxing break from the chaos of daily life. The hotel spreads over an area of 30 acres and sits on the hunting ground of the royals which is over 190 years old. Travel and Leisure rated the Oberoi Udaivilas as the world’s best hotel in the year 2015.
4. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur
Umaid Bhavan Palace is a five-star property which is an amalgamation of an enchanting past and present. This 20th-century palace sits on the lap of Chittar Hill, the highest in Jodhpur. It is the former home of the Jodhpur royal family and is rated as the sixth largest private residence across the globe. Umaid Bhavan Palace complex covers an area of 26 acres and is divided into three parts – the royal residence, luxury hotel and the museum.
5. The Leela Palace, New Delhi
The Leela Palace, New Delhi opened the gates in 2011. The property is strategically located in Diplomatic Enclave, making it the ideal choice for business as well as leisure travellers. The luxurious hotel is a seamless blend of Lutyen architectural style and Indian culture. It is L.E.E.D Platinum certified and one of the top picks in the city where luxury meets greenery.
6. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala
Kumarakom Lake Resort is one of the finest luxury properties set amid the Kerala backwaters. It has earned the title of the leading resort by the ‘World Travel Award’. This high-end resort sprawls over an area of 25 acres and comes with exclusive amenities and excellent services. It features a number of water activities, swimming pools, world-class dining options as well as specialized spa treatments. Sunset boat-ride, village walks and cultural shows can also be arranged on request.
7. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
If you are looking for an unforgettable holiday with spectacular views of the legendary Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas is the place where you should head to.The exceptional location with the Taj Mahal in the backdrop conjures amazing memories and offers adequate time to get personal with the symbol of love. The property is located at a distance of 600 metres from the iconic monument and is separated by a river gorge. The Mughal style architecture with intricate work is an example of its timeless beauty. The best part is, the hotel hasn’t undergone any renovation since it opened the gates in 2000.
9. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Perched on a hilltop covering 32 acres of land, the Falaknuma Palace was the private residence of the Paigah family. After visiting Europe Sir Viqar-ul-Umra, the Hyderabad Prime Minister wanted to build a European styled residence for himself and laid the construction of this palace in 1884. He presented it to Mir Mahbub Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad in 1897. Taj Hotels restored the Falaknuma Palace and renovated it into a lavish five-star property in the year 2010.