Rajasthan is a land of royalty, magnificent forts and palaces, traditions and culture, the great desert lands, Aravallis and rich heritage. Many of the ancient forts and palaces have been transformed into heritage hotels with contemporary luxury. Here are some of the must see heritage hotels in Rajasthan that reveal the true beauty and hospitality of this Rajput state.
RAMBAGH PALACE, JAIPUR
Easy to reach, the Rambagh Palace is one of the most prominent heritage hotels in Rajasthan. Built in the 1835AD, this jewel of the Jaipur city is a major attraction to all tourists who visit the city. Now owned by the Taj group, the hotel offers a luxurious stay in its lush rooms and suites with a rich use of fabrics and silk drapes. Not to forget its tempting dining facilities at the Rajput room, Suvarna Mahal , alfresco Verandah Café, Polo Bar and the lounge bar Steam.
TAJ LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR
Taj Lake Palace hotel is again one from the well-regarded Taj Group of Hotels. Floating on an island in Lake Pichola, this exquisite heritage hotel offers the most romantic setting ever with the beautiful lake in the surroundings and the Aravallis and palaces in the backdrop. The palace features beautiful gardens, nice décor, royal stay and an array of dining options varying from all day dining at Jharokha to fine dining at Neel Kamal and an array of wines at Amrit Sagar.
DEOGARH MAHAL, DEOGARH
Deogarh was the vastest territory ruled by the Rawats at some point of time. The magnificent Deogarh Mahal for sure stands up to that royalty and grandeur of the Mewar aristocracy. A stay at its luxurious rooms and suites amidst beautiful interiors is the best way to witness the opulence and sophistication of the bygone era. The nearby sightseeing spots include the Sri Dwarkadhish Temple, Rajsamand Lake and Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir. You can also relax at the health club, get a massage or body treatment to have a leisurely experience.
TAJ UMAID BHAWAN PALACE, JODHPUR
Named after Maharan Umaid Singh, the Umaid Singh Palace is now a prominent heritage hotel in the Golden city of Jodhpur. This golden-yellow sandstone palace stands majestically amidst lush greenery. It reflects the fashionable Art Deco style of that time and also has a blend of eastern and western influences in its architecture. Everything from the rooms to the dining has an undeniable royal touch that sets it different from every other. The ‘Risala’ a la carte restaurant serves delicious delicacies while the coffee shop ‘The Pillars’ offers coffee with a spectacular view of the city and the ‘The Trophy Bar’ is a stock of exotic drinks.
SAMODE HAVELI, JAIPUR
How can we talk about heritage hotels without mentioning the Samode Haveli? Located at the heart of the Jaipur city, this is a cozy place to relax in close proximity to all major heritage attractions of the city like the Amber fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace and the shopping bazaars. The hotel features comfortable rooms and suites including the very luxurious Maharaja and Maharani suites as well. Dine at the restaurant or unwind yourself at the Pub with delightful wines by pool side – the choice is yours!