Rajasthan is the home of luxury and opulence. The state is India’s most revered when it comes to hospitality. The land of kings can transform anyone into one, as long as you can afford it that is. Even then, this kind of living is only temporary. Rajasthan is all about heritage hotels and palatial resorts. Forts and elephants welcoming travellers to the life of royalty is what people from all over the world come to experience. It was hard to single out the best from the great, but we did it. Here are Rajasthan’s most lavish palace hotels!
1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
India’s most expensive palace hotel is also one of the largest palace hotels in the country at 48 acres. The ‘Jewel of Jaipur’ was built in 1835. It is now a resort by the Taj group reputed as one of the world’s most luxurious properties. It has hosted celebrity guests including Jacqueline Kennedy and Prince Charles. Its Jiva Spa is renowned across the globe. Guests here learn what it truly means to be royalty. Also, did you know Jaipur City Palace is now on Airbnb for the first time ever?
Price range: ₹24,000 – ₹4,00,000
2. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
The 4-acre pleasure resort of Maharaja of Mewar was constructed in 1746. It rose to fame after James Bond shot some bad guys with the views of the Aravalli Hills, City Palace and the Jag Mandir. The palace stands strong on the island of Jag Niwas in the middle of Lake Pichola, surrounded by water. Royal décor, dark teak furniture and adjoining balconies makes your stay here an affair to remember.
Price range: ₹17,500 – ₹3,80,000
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3. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
This 62-room palace hotel is proof that royal and modern is the perfect combination. Medieval architecture is complimented by state-of-the-art interiors and amenities. The vast landscapes of the Thar Desert make your stay a unique experience. The palace is miles away from the main city’s noise and hustle. Once you’re in, all that exists is you and the royal staff. The palatial hotel offers Halwai breakfast, dinner on dunes and specially handcrafted experiential activities for guests.
Price range: ₹10,000 – ₹45,000
4. Neemrana, Alwar
Alwar’s biggest tourist attraction needs no introduction. The 15th-century palace hotel was built by Rajputs so you can imagine the grandiose. People often whisk their lovers away for a one-day getaway from Delhi to the magnanimous, quiet and relaxing fort. A 6-acre hill is the perfect escape from the Delhi pollution. This magical retreat is built into 14 layers that are tiered into the hill with 7 independent palace wings. It would take you all day just to cover the whole place!
Price range: ₹5,000 – ₹35,000
5. Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
The residential palace of the king of Bikaner State was converted into a heritage hotel with 45 deluxe rooms and 15 royal suites. Every third room is of completely different style, most of which come with direct access to a terrace. The most fascinating detail about this property is that its walls carry pure gold. The palace hotel was originally built for the royal family and thus, gold cravings on wall and paintings made of gold decorate the lives of guests in the 21st century.
Price range: ₹12,000 – ₹26,000
Palace hotels in Rajasthan will redefine your understanding of a luxury vacation. Nowhere in the world can the hospitality industry match up to the one in India’s hospitality capital. It’s the result of ‘ada’ trickling down from generations of serving royals. These palaces can turn us into Queens and that’s exactly what we deserve. Book your next stay as soon as possible to get the best offers, it’s no surprise a vacancy is hard to come by!