Rajasthan is known world over for its majestic forts and palaces. These grand structures remind us of our glorious past. Many of these forts and palaces have been converted into heritage hotels so now everyone with money to splurge can enjoy the royal life. There are many such hotels in Rajasthan and here are some of our favorites-
1. Raj Palace, Jaipur
Raj Palace is more than two and a half centuries old palace converted into a grand heritage hotel. In 1995, PrincessJayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications.
The hotel is awarded as “the best heritage hotel of India” by the Government of India and voted as “The leading heritage hotel of the world” consecutively for seven times by World Travel Awards.
2. Samode Palace, Jaipur
The sprawling palace is located 40 kilometers north of Jaipur. The palace is built in Indo-Saracenic architecture and has an amazing combination of Indian and Mughal styles. The murals on the walls are equally fascinating.
3. Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
This palace shaped like a crescent was built in early 20th century. The palace is now a heritage hotel and is located on the banks of picturesque lake Pichhola. The hotel has 19 deluxe rooms, 8 terrace suites, 6 royal suites and 3 imperial suites
4. Ranvas, Nagaur
Ranvas is a small hotel located inside the 500-year-old Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur. Ranvas literally means ‘abode of queens’ and the place certainly is grand. The hotel now has a swimming pool and two restaurants. You can enjoy mughal-sufi cuisine here apart from a variety of national and international delicacies. You will love walking on the gleaming marble floors here and you can visit the Ahhichatragarh Fort even when it’s closed for outside people.
5. Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur
Next on the list is Udai Bilas Palace in Dungarpur near Udaipur. It is situated on the banks of Lake Gaibsagar. The hotel has exquisite Rajput architecture, fine murals, miniature paintings and stone carvings to satiate your hunger for historical beauty.
6. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
This hotel needs no introduction as it was recently declared the best hotel in world. Umaid Bhawan is located in Jodhpur and was built in the 1930s. Taj Group manages the 347-room hotel now. Come here to experience the ultimate luxury.
7. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
The majestic palace was built in 1835 in Jaipur. It also served as residence to the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. This palace still has the regal feeling intact and is decorated with hand-carved marble latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and cenotaphs. The verdant Mughal Gardens enhance its beauty.