The name Rajasthan itself builds an image of royal forts, palaces, Rajput warriors and graceful queens in our mind. Even though the title of maharaja is now just customary, the opulence and idiosyncrasies of Rajput warrior princes could easily be experienced by choosing a magnificent palace hotel for accommodation.
As the government ended the monarchy in India, the income of royalties started to dry up. To maintain their sprawling forts and palaces, the erstwhile maharajas looked for other sources of revenue. They leased their properties to various hospitality groups keeping only a few of suites for their personal use.
Thus came the new idea of heritage hotels in India. Rajasthan with most number of principalities - the reason it is called the land of Maharajas - became the leading destination with most number of heritage hotels.
These tastefully revived heritage hotels recreate the romance of a bygone era and give a peek ito the indulgence of maharajas of youe. As repository of art and culture, these heritage hotels in Rajasthan offer a glimpse into the age of chivalry, legends and decadence.
So here's a lodown on 5 best palace hotels in Rajasthan
Umaid Bhawan Palace
|Umaid Bhawan Palace,Jodhpur|
- Sumptuousness Factor: Milk bath in pink Italian marble tub (designed by Stefan Norblin), sinking in sofas (designed by Emile Jacques Ruhlmann), toiletries (Molton Brown), etc.
The interiors and exteriors are amazing and hold the sight of the onlookers. The king size rooms are also equipped with all royal facilities that help the guests enjoy the luxurious stay.
Taj Lake palace claim to fame came after the shooting of the superhit James Bond movie Octopussy. This heritage hotel in Rajasthan has played host to a number of royal dignitaries from around the world as well as celebrities and corporate high fliers.
Taj Lake palace is also adjudged the best heritage hotel in India and the best romantic hotel in India.
- Luxe Factor: King size beds, ceremonial royal barge across the Pichola, candlelight dinners, vintage car rides, etc.
Laxmi Vilas Palace
Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Mahārāja Ganga Singh in Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
- Luxe Factor: Furnishings, paintings, photographs, furniture, etc.
|Samode Palace Jaipur , Rajasthan|
- Luxe Factor: Charming arches, mirror works, ceilings, painted walls, etc.
- Luxe Factor: Royal Evenings, Queen’s Court, Royal Chambers, etc.
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Updated by Nikhil Chandra on 25 Nov, 2013.