Palaces become the charm of royalty, the pride of nobility and the awe for the commoner. Fine architecture and plush luxury with years of history come together to create a feeling that is unmatched and unforgettable.
Imagine the cool gushing breeze on a warm sultry evening as you stand in the intricately-built verandah of a majestic palace. Beyond you is seamless serenity in the calm of magnificent scenery. And as you descend to the royal hall to fine dine your night away, the palace engulfs you in its years of tradition and aura.
In a country like India that boasts of rich culture and heritage, the legacy of royalty and nobility still lives on. It is beautifully captured and continued in the many palace hotels & resorts that dot the country. And be it in the land of the Maharajas or in the state of many worlds, they all possess an inimitable ambience of opulence and splendour that spoils every guest and visitor.
Here are 7 palatial getaways where you can experience royal-class resplendence while creating awe-inspiring memories to last you a lifetime. A stay at these luxurious properties will take you back to the bygone eras of grandeur and royalty.
Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer has a fascinating heritage and culture. It is also home to a myriad of charming attractions including the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Patwa Haveli, Moti Mahal and many more.
To stay in Suryagarh means pampering yourself with heart-warming regal hospitality, waking up to scenic views of the Golden City and indulging yourself in a grand time. Whether you want to explore the Silk Route and the Thar Desert or relax with a refreshing sundowner in the desert, the resort organizes expeditions and experiences to let you truly experience Jaisalmer in all its glory.
History comes alive as you witness the tryst between the ruins of Vijayanagara kingdom, the village life of Anegundi and discoveries by the Tungabhadra River at the WelcomHeritage Shivavilas Palace in Sandur.
Located near the UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi, this impressive palace resort which is spread over 20 acres was once the home of Sandur’s royal family.
While here, the blue of the swimming pool will strike your eye as soon as you look over to the lawns behind the main palace building. And in the midst of lush environs, you can witness sheer devotion as the royal musicians call for prayers and the priest starts the longstanding tradition of daily invocation where temples of Lord Subramanya and Malahari Marthanda are.
From ayurvedic spa treatments to an intriguing Vintage Car Museum, explore what's in store at this heritage resort here.
Located near the Thar Desert, Bikaner is home to opulent palaces and forts, and is often referred to as the “red city”. Also known as Camel Country, the city is home to the world’s best riding camels, which makes for an exhilarating experience!
The Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner was initially designed as a grand residence for the last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner. Offering embedded royalty and luxury, this magnificent palace-turned-hotel drenches you in sheer luxury and lets you experience the grandeur of Bikaner in the best possible way.
P&C - an award-winning dining room, Edith - the grand piano with the lyrics of La Vie En Rose painted in gold on it, the unique artwork that adorns the walls of the palace; each of these elements at the Narendra Bhavan contributes to your experience, getting you a feel of the sumptuous lives led by royalty amidst untold luxury.
SAWAI MADHOPUR, RAJASTHAN
For all wildlife enthusiasts and luxury seekers alike, Nahargarh Ranthambore is an ideal getaway. Stretched across acres of land, this impressive ivory white fortification depicts the majestic architecture of Rajasthan in the midst of the abundant wilderness.
Situated near the Ranthambore National Park, which is one of India’s biggest national parks and home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger, the resort offers the luxury of unbelievable wildlife safaris and sightseeing tours to sites like the Ranthambore Fort.
Grandeur blends seamlessly with nature at this splendid property, giving you a vacation experience that is simply unforgettable.
Escape to this sought-after retreat and enjoy an exclusive experience with daily complimentary meals, a free bottle of house wine, daily wildlife documentary screenings and more by booking a stay here.
THE BARADARI PALACE
An erstwhile princely state, Patiala boasts of regal heritage and rich culture.
The Baradari Palace, initially constructed in the 19th century for the Maharajas of Patiala, has today been restored and converted into a heritage hotel that offers you royal experiences with a perfect touch of modernity.
The palace is interwoven with an intriguing history of progressive rulers, marvellous ancient architecture and fascinating art. While here, the hotel also helps you plan excursions that let you explore Patiala’s architectural heritage landmarks like the Qila Mubarak, the Moti Bagh Palace and the Sheesh Mahal.
The resort offers a guaranteed upgrade of your room to the next category to surprise you with regal hospitality and unforgettable experiences. Enjoy the delectable authentic cuisines of Punjab with a daily breakfast buffet and dinner.
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TIJARA FORT PALACE
NEAR ALWAR, RAJASTHAN
Located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Tijara is home to this 19th-century majestic fort palace and the famous Tijara Jain temples. Its major tourist attractions include a plethora of natural, historical, and cultural hotspots, including the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Bala Qila, Bhangarh, City Palace, Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri, and Jaisamand Lake.
And continuing the legacy of restoring and preserving architectural heritage, the Tijara Fort-Palace is another gem from the house of the Neemrana Hotels. The charming 19th-century hilltop heritage retreat features exquisite rooms with opulent amenities, the Kanch Mahal or palace of glass, a sunken outdoor pool and seven lush terraced gardens, making it as opulent as can be.
It also immerses you in the incredible heritage and culture of Rajasthan with spectacular experiences such as cultural performances by folk artists.
Indulge in the lap of luxury at this resort while enjoying a guaranteed room upgrade, daily buffet breakfast and dinner, and more by booking a getaway here with us.
FATEH SAFARI SUITES
The spectacular Fateh Safari Suites sits atop a hill on the Aravali Ranges in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan.
Situated close to the City of Lakes of Udaipur, and surrounded by the majestic Aravalli Hills, Kumbhalgarh is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Kumbhalgarh Fort which features numerous temples, step-wells, palaces, bastions, watchtowers, also a 38-km long wall which is believed to be the world’s second-longest wall after the Great Wall of China.
And at this retreat, the heritage, nature and culture of Rajasthan come together perfectly in every single one of its royal chic suites while its authentic cuisine offerings let you get a taste of Rajasthani flavours.
While here, you will get to savour the panoramic views of the surrounding private forest and rustic areas of Kumbhalgarh, including the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort. And if you’re a nature lover, it gets even better for you as the resort arranges various wildlife excursions such as a safari, bird watching, trekking and various site-seeing excursions upon request.
Get to rejuvenate amid Mewari heritage and indulge in sheer regal luxury at Fateh Safari Suites with daily breakfast, extra discount on food & more here.
Now that these spectacular palace hotels are on your radar, pack your bags and head over to these palatial retreats for a memorable getaway in the midst of regal luxury.