Well we’ve hand-picked seven of India’s palace hotels so you can experience living like a Maharaja. Make the most of lush gardens, classic car experiences, incredible food and suites with the size of houses. We invite you to experience your own royal tour…


 1. Taj Lake Palace

Udaipur, INDIA

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Built in 1792 as the pleasure palace to the Maharana Jagat Singh II, Taj Lake Palace is now known as the world’s most romantic hotel. Celebrities such as Nicole Kidman lovingly refer to the hotel as ‘magical’ and when you consider the location ensures complete privacy in the midst of Lake Pichola – it’s a perfectly justified claim to fame.

The fine-dining restaurants at Taj Lake Palace are for the exclusive pleasure of resident guests. For the authentic flavours of the royal cuisine of Udaipur , as well as signature dishes from India.

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Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the East, the city of Udaipur with its splendid palaces, serene lakes, fascinating temples and perfectly manicured gardens has a lot to offer. If you are looking to relax then take the time to explore the Jiva Spa Boat. Once on-board you can make a trip around the lake whilst indulging in a massage or time in the upper-deck Jacuzzi. Credits: Taj lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, India

 


 

 2. Rambagh Palace

Jaipur, INDIA

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Considered by some to be the ‘Jewel of Jaipur’, this elaborate 19th century palace has been handed down through several generations of Indian royalty. This stately home is one of the most elaborately decorated, in particular the palace ballroom with its large crystal chandeliers, is an opulent  feast for the eyes presiding over the hotel’s restaurant, Suvarna Mahal.

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With its high ceilings, gilded mirrors and Florentine frescoes, SuvarnaMahal embodies the rich heritage of erstwhile rulers. Our chefs have mastered royal cuisines from the princely states of Rajasthan, Awadh, Punjab and Hyderabad to give you the best of India in Jaipur.

A palace room offers the utmost in luxury and comfort. Choose a garden or inner courtyard view and enjoy the 550 square feet of space, all just for you. The decadent marble bathrooms will leave you feeling royally flushed, and there’s even a Bath Butler service to help you draw an exquisite bath to luxuriate in.

 


 3. HRH Shiv Niwas Palace

Udaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA

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Another gem of Udaipur, the HRH Shiv Niwas Palace houses 17 individually decorated suites with spectacular views of the surrounding city and lakes.  The heritage, opulence and impressive facade of the palace create a unique and friendly atmosphere where guests can enjoy being treated like royalty.

Restaurants at HRH Shiv Niwas Palace:  with its authentic décor of glass inlay work, huge chandeliers and ornate mirrors, offers a wide selection of snacks and drinks, and is by The Pool Deck.

After a long walk through The City Palace Museum, refresh yourself at the Palki Khana or the Pavilion for Palanquins at Manek Chowk. This European-style café offers a relaxed and informal ambience. The coffee bar and heritage liqueurs are highly recommended. Relish a sumptuous meal at a special price, packaged with the Mewar Sound and Light Show.

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Paantya, (a Mewari word meaning ‘sitting in line, in protocol’) is the multi-cuisine restaurant, adorned with original paintings of the Mewar School, gold latticework and antique chandeliers. Due to the Palace’s undulating topography, the restaurant is elevated and provides a magnificent view of the city. The Paantya offers a selection of Continental, Mughlai, and authentic Rajasthani cuisine.

A candlelit dinner at the Pool Deck, with soft strains of light instrumental music; it makes for timeless perfect evening with your loved one. During the day, a variety of snacks and drinks can also be enjoyed at the poolside.

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The palace often finds itself transformed into the setting for elaborate weddings or even film sets for anything from Hollywood to Bollywood. So hang out in the right places and you may find yourself the unwitting extra to a blockbuster film whilst you’re there.

 


 4. Deogarh Mahal

Rajasthan, INDIA

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‘Abode of the Gods’ is the description most often applied to Deogarh Mahal. Stepping away from royalty to now mingle with the immortal you wouldn’t be far wrong for confusing this place for heaven on Earth. What more could anyone want than stunning architecture, luxury at every turn and devilishly good food?

A tour of the Royal Suites shows a traditional style mixing plush red and gold tones with delicate mosaic tiles and stone baths the size of swimming pools. If you’re a car enthusiast then don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the classic car experience around the Rajasthani countryside.

 


5. The Oberoi Rajvillas

Jaipur, INDIA

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Located within over thirty acres of immaculately manicured gardens, The Oberoi Rajvillas is a quiet luxury retreat for the body and soul. From the Mughal arches and high domed ceilings to the gold leaf frescoes and crystal chandeliers this palace is really something special. While away the days alternating between the hotel’s different eateries and bars: the Rajwada Library Bar, the Rah Mahal Indian Restaurant, or the Suya Mahal for breakfast, snacks and afternoon tea.

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Choose between a room, suite, or even push the boat out and splurge on the ultimate luxury holiday by opting for the Kohinoor Villa in its own private enclosure. The piece de resistance of the villa is the 20 metre swimming pool overlooked by a private dining pavilion.pageGuests may sip on a glass of wine, classic cocktail or single malt, challenge a friend to a game of chess, backgammon, or take part in our bi-weekly, interactive history session under the noble gaze of ancient Maharajas captured in lithographs on the walls. Step inside Rajwada Library Bar at The Oberoi Rajvilas for a cultural experience unique amongst luxury hotels in Jaipur.

 


6. Taj Falaknuma Palace

Hyderabad, INDIA

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DINING:- The fare at the fine-dining and multi-cuisine restaurants at Taj Falaknuma Palace borrows the tradition of excellence and elaborate excess from the days of the legendary Nizami feasts; tempered by contemporary creativity. A class apart!view-from-taj-falaknuma-palaceThe Nizam Suite, in the shape of a scorpion, was once the home of the world’s wealthiest man. The opulent interiors, private swimming pool and cavernous living area will leave you speechless in what is arguably the best presidential suite in the country.

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7. Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodhpur, INDIA

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Located high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Palace is a delightful piece of Rajasthan’s history and home to the Jodhpur Royal Family. The palace is nestled in 26 acres of tropical gardens, complete with dancing peacocks and a subterranean zodiac pool.

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The art-deco rooms instantly seem modern and classic all in one whilst the palace rooms are steeped in luxury and offer a new experience at every turn. The historical suite offers a more traditional style of decoration with a decadent viewpoint over the lawn or courtyard.

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