Visitors to India shouldn't miss the opportunity to stay in an
exquisite palace hotel. Across the subcontinent, a number of
historic palaces, boasting incredible ancient architecture, coupled
with opulent décor and luxurious amenities, have been converted
into one-of-a-kind landmark hotels. From sumptuous furnishings to
sweeping gardens, these eight palace hotels in India will leave you
feeling like royalty.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
The Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad provides a lofty
vantage point overlooking the city sights. The view isn't the only
attraction, however. Previously home to Nizam monarchs, the palace
has also hosted European royalty and heads of state. Expect sheer
opulence from the "Mirror of the Sky," from crystal-dripping
chandeliers to rare artefacts and the Royal Jiva Spa.
Taj Falaknuma Hotel,
Located outside of Jaipur, Samode Palace dates back to the
16th century, when it was constructed as an
imposing fort. Converted into a palace by the city's Maharaja in
the early 19th century, the striking structure is a
phenomenal example of Rajput and Mughal traditional architecture.
The hotel's suites and rooms are clustered around its many
bougainvillea-filled courtyards, giving the palace a magical
Samode Palace, Jaipur
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
This sumptuous palace, one of the world's largest residences,
hosts 347 rooms and is still partially occupied by the Maharaja of
Jodhpur. You'll feel like royalty yourself whilst staying in the
hotel portion of the landmark. Set on the highest point in the
Rajasthani city, the palace hosts 26 acres of lush, ornamental
gardens, a crowning cupola, and Art Deco-styled suites.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Hotel,
This distinctive, red sandstone palace, built under Rathore rule
in Jodhpur, is set right on the banks of the Bal Samand Lake.
Comprising just 10 palace suites and 26 lakeside rooms, the hotel
guarantees guests privacy and comfort in the luxurious facilities.
Amenities include personal croquet courts, 60 acres of pomegranate
orchards, horse safaris, and even an astrologer on-call.
Bal Samand Lake Palace,
Taj Rambagh Palace
The likes of Prince Charles and Jacqueline Kennedy have stayed
at the Taj Rambagh Palace, known as "the jewel of Jaipur," and it's
not hard to see why. Guests can indulge in a truly regal lifestyle
at this stunning palace hotel, which offers polo grounds, beautiful
gardens, incredible Mughal-inspired architecture, and even
elephants that can be ridden around the premises. Book the Peacock
Suite and wake up to views out over the Mughal Terrace.
Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel,
Partially occupied by the family of the Rawat Nahar Singh, this
sun-coloured fort in the Aravali hills, poised between Jodhpur and
Udaipur, offers renovated hotel rooms that date back to 1670. Also
on offer are a solar-heated swimming pool, Ayurvedic spa, and
innumerable rooftop terraces that make for gorgeous
Taj Lake Palace
Voted one of the world's most romantic hotels, the stunning,
white marble-constructed Taj Lake Palace is a sight to behold.
Floating on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, the
hotel operates speedboats to transport guests to and from the
premises. The luminous palace, once used as a film location for a
James Bond movie, features rooms dressed up in the most ornate
Taj Lake Palace Hotel,
A royal residence for rulers of the Delwara principality until
the 20th century, Udaipur's Devi Garh Palace is one
of the most unique hotels on the Indian subcontinent. The heritage
hotel in the Aravali hills boasts opulent suites decorated with
semi-precious stones and a black marble swimming pool; Devi Garh
also offers an on-site Ayurvedic retreat.
Devi Garh Palace,