If you are planning to enjoy the same luxury and hospitality that the erstwhile Maharajas of Rajasthan used to experience, then you must opt for a stay in Rajasthan heritage hotels. You can experience the royal lifestyle of the kings and the queens during your vacation in the royal state of Rajasthan. Marvel at the regal splendor, magnificent structure, world-class facilities, sumptuous meals, and enchanting interiors while enjoying the impeccable hospitality of turban-wearing staff. These heritage hotels were originally the palaces of the kings, nobles and ministers your tour might be incomplete, if you do not opt for a stay in a heritage property. Here is a list of top 10 best Place to stay in Rajasthan.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Once known as the “pleasure palace” for Maharana Jagat Singh II, this beautiful heritage hotel on Lake Pichola, has played home to even Bond girl Octupussy. Touted as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, the Taj Lake Palace is a heavenly abode for lovers. The floating white marvel makes a stunning vision under a moonlit sky. With the tasteful Mewar decor blended with the hard-to-beat hospitality, this hotel is luxury at its best.
Samode Palace, Jaipur
In the heart of the city, yet hidden from the world, is a heritage hotel that displays a combination of Indian and Mughal artwork. Known for its Indo-Saracean architecture, the 475 year old Samode Palace is indeed an illustration of opulence. The intricate murals on the walls, adorned by beautiful mirror work, will take you back in time to another era. With each room, uniquely designed, this heritage hotel promises you the experience of nothing less than a royal.
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
The Rambagh Palace has always been all about hospitality. Initially built for the queen’s favourite handmaiden in 1835, Rambagh Palace was later refurbished as a guesthouse and hunting lodge for royal guests of the then monarch, Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. With each room made specifically for royalty, this hotel lets you indulge in complete luxury. With the option of playing Polo or riding an elephant, you will feel no less than the guests of the king that resided in this very place. A visit to the Polo Bar at Rambagh Palace is a must!
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Spread across a vast area of 26 acres, lies one of the largest private residences in the world, the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Initially known as the Chittar Palace, due to the sandstone used from Chittar, this golden creation displays the Art Deco Style of the 1900s. Designed by British architect Henry Lancaster, the hotel has both Rajput, as well as, Renaissance influences. The hotel has a museum, a marble squash court and a billiards room for recreation. Do experience a tour of Jodhpur city in a vintage car along with a royal butler.
Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, Jaipur
Jai Mahal Palace, a place where old world royalty comes together with modern luxury. Formerly home to the Prime Minister of the princely state of Jaipur, this heritage hotel is surrounded by 18 acres of lush gardens. And these Mughal Gardens are undoubtedly one of the best Mughal Gardens there are! With the regal decadence blending in with the contemporary elegance, this hotel is hands-down a unique experience.
Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar
Showcasing the proud lineage of Prithviraj Chauhan III, this 15th century heritage hotel is one of the unique hotels in the state. Close to Delhi, this hotel invites in tourists from the national capital too. Along with the beauty of the hanging gardens, swimming pools and Ayurvedic Spa, the Neemrana Fort-Palace, provides you the exhilerating experience of the country’s first zip-line. Could it get more fun than this!
Khimsar Fort, Khimsar
History comes alive in this 16th century monument. Lying at the edge of the Thar Desert, the majestic Khimsar Fort has seen a past of battles and bravery. Now, millenia away from the dark yet valiant past, this heritage hotel is indeed an abode for lavishness. Awarded as the ‘National Grand Heritage Award For Excellence’ by the Department of Tourism, Government of India, this hotel definitely lives up to this honour conferred to them.
Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, Jaipur
A uo;garden house” built in 1928 for Thakur Amar Singh, grandson of the founder of Kanota family, the Narain Niwas is an epitome of grandeur. The designing of the structure is Anglo-Indian, with Victorian artwork blending in with Rajput frescos. Located centrally in the Pink City, this place is perfect to experience some excellent Rajput hospitality.
Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
Built in early 20th century by Maharana Fateh Singh, this grand heritage hotel was solely meant for royal guests and dignitaries. Open to all now, the guests are treated no lesser than the earlier royal ones. Combined with modern day luxury, this lakeside heritage hotel is a purely decadent experience for the senses.
Bhainsrorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
The authentic Bhainsrorgarh delicacies will make you want to visit this heritage hotel over and over again. The secret heirloom recipes that have been in the royal family kitchens over ages, will be a treat for your tastebuds. Add to it, the warm hospitality of the in-house royal family, and residing in this heritage hotel will be an experience of a lifetime.