Once the playground of Maharajahs, lavish forts, kothis and palaces have been spectacular historic gems of India. With jaw-dropping architecture, rich cuisines, majestic culture and magnificent interiors, they are a legacy which are absolutely breath-taking.
Here are four hand-picked regal residences-turned-luxury hotels in India where one can relive the stories of the iconic dynasties coupled with an enriching stay of a lifetime.
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
A glorious reminder of Jaipur’s heritage, Rambagh Palace gives guests a taste of royal lifestyle and a whiff of the bygone era. Dating back to 1835 and formerly the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, this heritage hotel boasts of manicured lawns, lavish suites, arched French windows, a charming spa tent, multi-cuisine restaurants and true Rajput hospitality.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Studded with old-world charm and Jodhpur’s magnificent glory, Umaid Bhawan Palace offers guests the ultimate in luxury. This enchanting palace hotel is adorned with Art Deco designs, immaculate gardens, known for a royal welcome with ceremonial drums, exquisite a la carte menu and the relaxing Jiva Spa. Umaid Bhawan Palace blends the royal with modern effortlessly.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Rising like a castle from a story book, built over 200 years ago, the Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur is a one-of-a-kind floating heaven. Listed in Condé Nast Traveller Gold List of the World’s Best Places to Stay, this ornate white marble palace with luxurious views, world class cuisine, vintage comforts and stunning architecture is a unique blend of serenity and charm. Rajasthan’s most iconic hotel is one of the best ways to experience Udaipur and feel like true royalty.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
A precious gem perched at 2000 feet and passed down through generations, Falaknuma Palace (Mirror of the Sky) was the residence of Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan of Hyderabad. After immaculate restoration by the Taj group, it has breathed new life into this sixty room palace hotel where guests can retrace the life of the royal Nizams who once upon a time governed the city of Hyderabad. Feel the regal air and gaze at the starry skies as you enjoy a stay in this stunning castle in the air.