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Palace Hotels & Resorts of India

Updated on December 4, 2016

Heritage Properties India

History & Hospitality

The magnificent palaces and forts of India were formidable structures that excelled as architectural marvels. They also acted as an impenetrable defence against the Moghul invaders. Nevertheless they were also coveted as royal living quarters and recreational venues for the Maharajahs. The country abounds in the historical monuments that belong to the erstwhile rulers of the past.

The forts and palaces of India have always been a matter of intrigue under the shadow of mystical charm and imperial aura. During the post independence era, for most of the rulers without substantial income, these majestic palaces became white elephants and tax burden.

The massive structures with heavy furnishings and embellishments required regular upkeep. With drying up of royal coffers and end of privileges in independent India this was not possible.

Vijan Mahal Hotel Jabalpur

Hotel Vijan Mahal
Hotel Vijan Mahal | Source

Hotel in Jaipur

Jaipur Palace Hotel
Jaipur Palace Hotel | Source

Changing Paradigm

In contemporary India there are no invaders or usurpers of kingdoms. The country has united under one banner and the princely rules have come to an end. The palaces and forts that basked in the glory of the past, Find that the battle fields have now become barren.

In need of maintenance and constant repair these regal residences demanded heavy expenditure. It was not long before the idea of converting these exquisite dwellings of the Maharajahs to hotels arose. In turn the hospitality industry in the country saw emergence of classic heritage properties.

The palaces and forts where soon converted into super accommodations. This brought about a paradigm change in the tourism industry in India. The palace hotels and resorts outshone many a top class hotels in India due to their glamor and grandeur.

These magnificent edifices contain most intricate of carvings, period furniture, objects of arts and mind boggling embellishments which was not possible for the modern five star properties to compete with. The most important aspect of the heritage hotels was history. The dynasties that ruled the Royal abodes left their own indelible marks as years passed by.

Keeping in with times many top rated hospitality chains came up with hotels that resembled the heritage properties in India. The Taj Lake Palace at Udaipur is one such example.

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Hotel in Udaipur

Taj Group of Hotels
Taj Group of Hotels | Source

A Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel in India
Palace Hotel in India | Source

Accommodation in Heritage Hotels & Resorts

One of the best way to fathom India's immense heritage wealth is to stay on a palace hotel or Maharajah's Kothi. These marvellous structures, they depict the opulent lives of the rulers besides their indulgence in fine arts, food, women and everything good.

The palace hotels are virtual exhibition of royal living and a store house of arts. The fine carvings, exquisite furniture and grandiose architecture are all living testimony to India's Royal past that co existed along side stark poverty and ineptitude of the common people.

The palace hotels accommodate their guests in royal living quarters with all ancient paraphernalia intact. The classic ambience and embellishment of the luxury suites offer the same privileges which the Maharajah's once enjoyed. A modern state of art service is a bonus for the guests by trained staff from hospitality institutes in India. These places also enliven the stay by the accompaniment of many classic cultural shows and performances.

The rooms are classified as presidential, bridal and deluxe suite. The tariff being highest for the presidential suite followed by other types.

The stay in these magnificent places is one of the finest experience in India, reserved only for the upscale tourists. These are window to the glittering lifestyle of Royals in India.


Presidential Suite
Presidential Suite | Source

Luxury Resort

Madhubhan Resort in Gujarat
Madhubhan Resort in Gujarat | Source

Resort Eatery

Resort Food Court
Resort Food Court | Source

List of Palace Hotels & Resorts

The list does not boast of heritage or historical properties only, the names also include contemporary ones constructed by major hospitality brands in India.

  • Vijan Mahal Hotel Jabalpur
  • The Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur
  • Oberoi Amar Vilas - Agra
  • Rambagh Palace - Jaipur
  • Umaid Bhavan Palace - Jodhpur
  • Luxury Fort - Mihirgarh
  • Raj Palace Hotel - Jaipur
  • Bal Samand Lake Palace - Jodhpur
  • Lake Palace Hotel - Udaipur
  • Kawardha Palace - Madhya Pradesh
  • Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel - Mysore
  • Madhubhan Resorts - Anand Gujarat
  • Samode Palace - Udaipur
  • Laxmi Niwas Palace Bikaner
  • Taj Falaknuma Palace - Hyderabad
  • Dholepur Palace - Dholepur
  • Usha Kiran Palace - Gwalior
  • Jai Mahal Palace - Jaipur
  • Royal Oasis - Wankaner (Gujarat)

The list of heritage and well known five star hotels is endless with new properties being developed every year. The best resorts are very popular as wedding venues and health spas in India. Most of the resorts are based in scenic locations, tiger reserves and urban localities.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative about hotel and resorts in India. I hope I can stay in one of these hotels while I visit India one day. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!


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      Uday Patel 5 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

      Most welcome to India Prasetio

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