A Glimpse into the Best Palace Hotels in India

When you think about palace hotels, what comes to mind is an image of Western India, particularly Rajasthan, with so many exquisite palaces and its royal heritage. Many grand hotels were royal palaces once, which have been converted to hotels. Staying at a palace hotel transports you into the world of royalty. They are ultimate in comfort and luxury. In this article, let us explore some of the palace hotels in India.

1. Jagat Niwas Palace, Udaipur

Overview of the hotel:
Jagat Niwas Palace, Udaipur is a heritage hotel with 29 well-maintained rooms, furnished elegantly with antiques. It is regarded as one of the best palace hotels in India and dates back to the 17th century. In the year 1987, Kr. Devraj Singh renovated and converted it into the luxury hotel. It has different types of rooms of varying price range. It has a number of restaurants, serving different cuisines.

Major Attractions:

  • Ayurvedic massage centre
  • Special folk dances and puppet show on request
  • Horse riding and safaris
  • Shopping arcade

Location: 25 km from the airport. 3 km from the station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 7450 per room / night

2. Raas Devigarh, Udaipur

Overview of the hotel:
Raas Devigarh hotel stands a testament of old-world Rajputana charm and beauty. It has a commanding position over the Aravalli hills. In 1999, this marvellous palace was restored to its former glory and was converted into an all-suite luxury hotel with 23 rooms. It offers all luxuries and modern amenities to its guests. It offers all types of food options from local to international cuisines and the food is absolutely delicious. You can stay at the Garden Suite, Palace Suite, Aravalli Suite or the Devigarh Suite. It has a 24-hour bar that offers the finest of wines.

Major Attractions:

  • Table tennis
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Star gazing
  • Camel safari
  • Kite flying

Location: 27 km from the airport and 110 km from station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 19500 per night

3. Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

Overview of the hotel:
Undoubtedly, Ajit Bhawan palace hotel has to be among one of the best palace hotels in India. Spread over a stretch of 20500 sq. ft. Ajit Bhawan was built in the year 1927 in the honour of Maharadhiraj Sir Ajit Singhji. It is now a heritage hotel with 81 rooms including deluxe rooms, deluxe tents, superior rooms, vintage suites, Ajit suites and presidential suites. Whether you book a room, suite or a tent, you will get a warm ambience regal furnishings and royal décor with modern amenities. Enjoy the finest food at Garden Restaurant and Dhani Restaurant and enjoy multi-cuisine at the Jodhpur Café. Savour alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in J Bar.

Major attractions:

  • Desert safari
  • Village safari
  • City Tours and Excursions
  • Ajit Spa

Location: 3 km from airport and 2 km from railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 8625 per night

4. Welcomheritage Balsamand Lake Palace, Jodhpur

Overview of the hotel:
Welcomheritage Balsamand Lake Palace is the most popular heritage mansion as it exemplifies the traditional architecture of Rajputana. The hotel is carved out of special Jodhpur red sandstone. With 36 rooms in total, the palace hotel comprises of the Maharani Suite, regal suites and garden rooms. To delight your taste buds, you can gorge on some delectable delicacies at the Garden restaurant, enjoy the delicious barbeque at Kebab Corner and get your favourite drinks at Bar Lounge.

Major attractions:

  • Royal horse buggy ride
  • Obstacle golf course
  • Horse safari, horse riding
  • Cycling
  • Nature Trail Walk

Location: 11 km from airport and 8 km from railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 6370 per night/ per room

5. Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bharatpur

Overview of the hotel:

Laxmi Niwas Palace hotel was built in 1887 in the honour of Raja Raghunath Singh. The Palace opened its doors to welcome guests in 1994 with 30 rooms and luxurious suites equipped with modern amenities and furnishing. Apart from this you can enjoy the finest dining and treat yourself to the royal taste of Rajasthani and continental cuisines.

Major Attractions:

  • Jeep safaris
  • Excursions to Keoladeo National Park
  • Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool

Location: 55 km from airport and 5 km from railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 23000/- 1 night/ 1 room

6. Udai Vilas Palace, Mandawa

Overview of the hotel:
This palace hotel depicts the authentic and traditional architectural style of royal havelis. You will get to witness a perfect blend of Rajasthani hospitality with contemporary facilities. With 50 rooms in total, Udai Vilas Palace offers lavish furnishings and contemporary charm. You can enjoy the view of the Great Indian Desert from the rooftop of the executive suites, deluxe rooms and club rooms. Apart from this, you can give your taste buds a special treat from the multi-cuisine restaurant offering Rajasthani, Indian, Chinese and Continental food. You can enjoy delicious baked savouries and sweets in the bakery along with international cocktails and mocktails in the bar area.

Major Attractions:

  • Sightseeing tours
  • Shopping excursions
  • Rejuvenation treatments
  • Camel safaris, horse safaris,
  • Jeep desert safaris
  • Ayurvedic Kerala Massage
  • Cultural and Theme evenings

Location: 168 km from the airport and 14 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 3375 per room/ night

7. Pushkar Palace, Pushkar

Overview of the hotel:
Pushkar Palace hotel was built 400 years ago by the Maharaja of Kishangarh. It evokes the royal sensation of Rajashthan history with its handicrafts and distinct architecture. It has 50 rooms, out of which 45 rooms are deluxe and 5 are suites with balconies. At Prince Restaurant, you get royal treats served during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Along with that, you get to savour German bakery items with Chinese, Indian, and Continental delicacies.

Major Attractions:

  • Camping
  • Horse and camel safaris
  • Jeep safari
  • Ayurvedic Massage

Location: 150 km from the airport and 13 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 27000 per night/ room

8. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Overview of the hotel:
With excellent accommodation facilities, all 62 rooms of the hotel Suryagarh showcase décor that draws attention of tourists from around the world. Its grand architectural design and sandstone walls exhibit the glory of Rajputana warriors. The rooms are divided into Palace rooms with 18th century décor, Grand Heritage rooms, Signature Suites, Luxury Suite and Jaisalmer Suite. All are amazing and boast contemporary facilities with Rajputana grandeur. Specialty restaurants viz. The Legend of Marwad, Nosh and Draksh offers delicious food made from authentic royal recipes.

Major Attractions:

  • Cooking lessons, Batik lessons
  • Bird-watching, Sanctuary tours
  • Tile painting lessons, Tie dye lessons
  • Folk songs, Kalbellia Dance
  • Rajasthan Festival
  • Card Games, Billiards
  • Art Room
  • Talwar Baazi

Location: 10 km from the airport and 14 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 15000 per room/ per night

9. Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore

Overview of the hotel:
This exquisite palace was erected in 1921, in the panoramic gardens of Chamundi Hills. This two-storied palace hotel has a unique architecture with a grand porch, central dome, twin column and spherical domes. It is considered to have belonged to the second wealthiest people after the Hyderabad Nizams. The palace has Renaissance style architecture and comprises of 54 stately suites and rooms, which are The Viceroy Suites, Turret Rooms, Double Rooms and Duplex Suites. Your stay here is bound to be extremely comfortable and luxurious because of the excellent facilities and furnishings. The food here is exceptional as well. You can enjoy South Indian, Continental, Chinese, Mughlai and other Indian cuisines at Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel.

Major Attractions:

  • Library
  • Billiards
  • Chess
  • Tennis court
  • Health club
  • Indoor games
  • Shopping arcade

Location: 6.8 km from the airport and 15.9 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting at ₹ 25920 per room/ per night

10. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Overview of the hotel:
Taj Falaknuma Palace, designed by a British architect, took almost 10 years to build and was completed in 1894. The Nizam of Hyderabad used to live in this palace till 1911 and it was later turned into a royal guesthouse. In the year 1995, the palace was taken over by The Taj Group of Hotels and it became a showcase for the luxurious heritage of Hyderabad. With 60 guestrooms, the royal feel of the palace is still intact with world-class facilities and décor. In addition to the luxurious facilities, the gastronomic delights at Falaknuma palace are a perfect blend of traditional delicacies with a modern touch. The main dining venues are Adaa, Celeste, Jade Verandah, The Jade Room and the Hookah Lounge.

Major Attractions:

  • Heritage walks
  • City tours
  • Jiva spa
  • Large outdoor pool

Location: 8.8 km from the airport and 18.7 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 33250 per room/ per night

11. The Raj Palace, Jaipur

Overview of the hotel:
The Raj Palace hotel holds the status of being the first mansion of Jaipur and it was built in the year 1728. It was renovated in the year 1997 and converted into a hotel rendering royal comforts and hospitality. With 38 well-furnished rooms, it provides perfect accommodation to its guests. They are decorated beautifully with a royal touch, giving the guests all luxuries. You can relish exquisite dining experiences at Swapna Mahal, Kebab Shop, Café Coffee Beans and Shikarbadi.

Major Attractions:

  • Marionette Show
  • Baggi Safari
  • Folk Dance
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym

Location: 17 km from the airport and 6 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 23400 per night/ room

12. Chomu Palace Hotel, Jaipur

Overview of the hotel:
It almost took 1000 years for the fort to be completed and it was converted into a Palace in 1901 by Govind Singh ji. All the 58 rooms of the Chomu Palace hotel have beautiful interiors with excellent décor and furnishings, ensuring that your stay is a luxurious one. You can get the perfect balance of traditional Rajput hospitality and modern facilities here. You can eat at the specialty restaurants Darbar Hall and Sheesh Mahal for a gastronomical delight.

Major Attractions:

  • Spa
  • Table Tennis
  • Library
  • Health Centre
  • Gymnasium
  • Snooker
  • Henna Painting and Palm Reading

Location: 46 km from the airport and 32 kms from the railway station

Tariff: Starting at ₹ 5135 per night/ per room

13. Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Overview of the hotel:
Taj Rambagh Palace was built in 1835 and was transformed into the residence of Maharaja of Jaipur in 1925. It was converted into a plush hotel in 1957 by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, but Taj Hotels Resorts took over the palace in 1972. With 79 rooms and suites, you can experience the vibrant colours and warm hues of Rajasthan in the décor of the various rooms. Your taste buds can experience excellent dining at the Rajput Room, Suvarna Mahal, Verandah Café, Polo Bar and Steam. You can enjoy multi-cuisine and continental delicacies.

Major Highlights:

  • Polo, golf
  • Jiva Grande Spa
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pool, Steam, Sauna, Walking Trail, Fitness centre, Table Tennis
  • Yoga at Yoga Pavilion
  • Croquet
  • City excursions

Location: 10 km from the airport and 3 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 38,000 per room/ per night

14. Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Shri Thakur Saheb Pratap Singh Ji Diggi built the Diggi Palace in 1860s, which was transformed into a heritage hotel in 1990. With 70 well-equipped and spacious rooms, the royal palace boasts of excellent décor. The rooms are divided into three categories viz. Heritage Rooms, Palace Suites and Courtyard Suites. You can pamper your taste buds with traditional royal and Rajasthani delicacies and a variety of continental dishes in the Baradari restaurant with a picturesque rooftop view.

Key Highlights: Shopping arcade, jeep/horse safaris, horse and camel rides, yoga classes, gymnasium, and puppet and cultural shows

Location: 12 km from the airport and 2 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 5500 per night / room

15. Narain Niwas Palace Jaipur

General Amar Singh erected Narayan Niwas palace in 1928. It was his residence during his hunting expeditions and vacations with family. It is now a heritage hotel managed by the Kanota family. It boasts 37 well-maintained rooms for its guests, which are divided into standard rooms and suites. It offers modern facilities and period décor. You can experience how royalty lived while at this palace hotel. You can delight your taste buds with the royal cuisines and thalis.

Key Highlights: Swimming pool, Ayurvedic massage, billiards table, table tennis, puppet shows, folk music and dance (on demand)

Location: 11 km from the airport and 5 km from the railway station

Tariff: Starting from ₹ 2730 per night/ room

Undoubtedly, with modern facilities, antique furnishings and excellent décor, you are definitely going to have the most comfortable, luxurious and royal stay at any of these hotels, which are the best palace hotels in India. Book your accommodation at least 3 months in advance to get the best rates and packages at these hotels. Stay at one of these luxurious palace hotels in India to experience how royalty lived.

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