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The Royal Treatment: India’s Best Palace Hotels

Live life king-size at our pick of India’s best palace hotels. 

Experience the life of royals in the extravagant surroundings of India’s beautifully restored palaces and mansions. 

Wine and dine like kings and queens, sleep in rooms that reflect the grandeur of bygone eras, indulge in exquisite once-in-a-lifetime experiences and immerse yourself in the extravagance of India’s best palace hotels. 

Read on to find out how you too can live the fairy tale.  

Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur 

Alsisar Haveli is the pride of the Alsisar Thakurs (a Rajput clan). A majestic mansion, it’s now one of the most gorgeous heritage hotels in the Pink City — Jaipur. This accessible piece of the regal world will stun you with its handsome architecture, intricate interiors, classic four-poster beds and magnificent courtyards.  

Regal charm comes to life in every nook of this Rajput residence-turned-heritage-hotel. The shimmering pool is surrounded by lush trees, perfectly crafted gazebos and cenotaphs. Your dining experience will be no less than a royal feast in the beautifully styled restaurant. This is a true haveli experience. 

Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

Hotel Diggi Palace, Jaipur 

A reflection of India’s history, dating back 150 years, Hotel Diggi Palace is a regal cocoon of bliss. Built in 1860 by Shri Thakur Saheb Pratap Singh Ji Diggi, the original mansion was refurbished as a heritage hotel in 1991 and has been offering a culturally rich, royal experience like no other since.  

Luxurious rooms are carefully adorned with designs that reflect the opulence of yesteryear, and old-world charm can be found in every artefact present, making this palatial stay truly extraordinary. The impeccable hospitality just adds to the charm of the palace. 

Rohet Garh, Jodhpur 

Standing tall on the banks of a majestic lake is the brilliant Rohet Garh. Here, strikingly beautiful architecture meets immaculate gardens and world-class hospitality. Over the years, the royal residence has played host to many noteworthy names, including travel writer Bruce Chatwin and Scottish historian William Dalrymple.  

With charming interiors, exquisite experiences like royal picnics, equestrian programs and folk music, Rohet Garh leaves you feeling like you are living in a royal fairy tale. To ensure every meal is fit for kings and queens, the food here is crafted by chefs trained by the lady of the house, the late Thakurani Sahiba Jayendra Kumari herself. 

Rohet Garh

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad 

Taj Falaknuma Palace literally translates to ‘Mirror in the sky’, which is a true reflection of this enchanting hotel, glittering two thousand feet above Hyderabad city. Former palace of the Nizam, beautifully styled by his Turkish wife, this jewel of the Deccan steals your heart from the moment you step inside.  

A horse-drawn carriage takes you to the entrance, where you are showered with rose petals as you enter the majestic building. Timeless recipes crafted to perfection grace the longest dining table in the world. The rooms are as lavish as one would expect of a royal chamber, and the view of the twinkling city below just takes your breath away. It doesn’t get more regal than this, but don’t take our word for it – book and experience it for yourself now!

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur 

Floating in the middle of shimmering Lake Pichola, Taj Lake Palace was the summer retreat of the Mewar Family before becoming one of India’s best palace hotels. Marble architecture inspired by the Mughals, marvellous suites with magical touches like wooden lattice ceilings, and the honour of making an appearance in Bond film, Octopussy, all add to the magic of this Taj-owned palace.  

Feel a part of the age-old tradition of the royal family as you attend grand dinners and indulge in soothing spa treatments that draw inspiration from ancient Indian healing techniques. Need we say more to entice you for a royal sojourn in this dreamy palace?

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Neemrana Fort Palace, near Jaipur 

A regal vacation experience near Jaipur cannot be complete without a stay at the 553-year-old medieval Neemrana Fort Palace. A 14-tiered property (yes, really), this luxe-heritage stay will blow your mind! The pride of introducing India’s first zip-line experience, manicured hanging gardens, opulent rooms and mind-blowing views come together to make this holiday the ultimate rendezvous with royalty.    

A stay here will enchant you every step of the way with cultural pieces, historical glimpses, camel rides and hospitality to suit royalty. Did we mention the palace is built on the two-billion-year-old Aravalli hills? 

Neemrana Fort Palace

A wanderlust consumed soul with undying love for the Eiffel Tower, Sahar loves to travel & pen her thoughts down about the places she sees, people she meets, and extraordinary incidents that seem to happen to her every time she travels!