No visit to India is complete without experiencing the country's
varied royal history and colonial past, and what better way to
experience them than by staying in one of the many fort and palace
hotels on offer.
Discover life as a royal at Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, an opulent
art deco palace that is still the home of the Maharaja of Jodhpur
or visit Taj Nadesar Palace in Varanasi, which is decorated with
works of art from the Maharaja's own collection.
James Bond fans can stay in the floating Taj Lake Palace,
Udaipur where parts of the film Octopussy were filmed in this
breathtaking marble mirage.
For stunning views head to Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar in Madhya
Pradesh. This imposing 250-year-old fort sits majestically on the
edge of a cliff, offering unparalleled views over the sacred
Narmada River from its numerous balconies and verandahs. The Oberoi
Amarvilas, Agra situated just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal,
offers views of the monument from every room whilst Devi Garh, just
outside of Udaipur, offers rooftop yoga with panoramic views of the
surrounding hills in from this stunning contemporary palace
Stay at the sumptuous Serai, luxury tented camp that is situated
just outside of Jaisalmer, the world's largest fortified city that
rises like a grand sandcastle out of the Great Thar Desert.
Ahhichatragarh Fort, Nagaur is an equality impress fort that is
home to the little known hotel Ranvas. Come and experience the fort
in full swing during the annual Sufi Festival where the whole fort
comes to life.
Those looking for some rural relaxation can head 40 minutes
outside of Jodhpur to Rohet Garh, a family run fort offering
chances to visit tribal villages and farming communities.
Meanwhile, those who enjoy the bustle of the city should travel
into the heart of Jaipur where the Samode Haveli's large gardens
will offer a peaceful sanctuary on one of the cities busiest
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