Umaid Bhawan Palace, City Palace, Neemrana Fort-Palace, Le Colonial and other such heritage resorts were previously the residences of the Maharajas of the yesteryear. Today these luxurious residences have opened their doors to the travellers. The heritage hotels are a celebration of India’s cultures, landscape and architecture. The best part about staying in the heritage hotels are that they provide old-world charm with modern facilities.
Here are some of the best heritage hotels of India to stay at:
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
UmaidBhawan Palace is the world’s largest private residence; a part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan and named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh of the palace, the hotel has 347 rooms. The palace was designed as a blend of western technology with Indian architecture. Built in traditional style, the hotel has intricately carved balconies, attractive courtyards, open terraces and spectacular gardens.
Recent Achievement:- Best Heritage Hotel, India. at Outlook Travellers Award’16.
Heritage Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
Built by Maharaja Jaswant Singh 1 of Jodhpur in the 17th century, the Heritage BalSamand Lake Palace is a visual retreat. Located near lake, the palace is tastefully and luxuriously done with traditional interiors. Set in a private estate of over 60 acres, with sprawling orchards of lime and pomegranate, the Heritage hotel is a must-visit.
Deogarh Mahal, Rajsamand
Deogarh Mahal- luxury heritage hotel in Rajasthan was converted into a hotel by the Deogarh family members. The 50 rooms at the Deogarh Mahal are reflective of different eras. Gokul Ajara, MotiMahal and Ranjit Prakash room dates back to 1670 AD, and the décor symbolizes the Rajput era. The Mahal also offers splendid view and seasonal jams and juices made from fruits grown around the Mahal.
Located right next to St. Francis Church, the Le-Colonial heritage hotel in Kochi, was one of the very few houses not destroyed when the Dutch took Fort Cochin. As the name suggests, thehotel has a very colonial feel. The hotel is like a living museum, treasures of art from the colonial past have been restored in the hotel.
Maison Perimul, Puducherry
The hotel is a synthesis of Franco-Tamil design, with minimalistic but meticulous details and classy décor. The hotel is very spacious; with bright to muted colors and stained glasses that defines the hotel. The hotel was once an old family mansion.
Neemrana Fort Palace
Offering panoramic views, the 15th century palace became the third capital of the descendants of PrithvirajChauhan 111. The palace got beautifully reconverted into a heritage hotel with a landscaped garden and modern amenities.
Taj Faluknama Palace, Hyderabad
Built in 1894, the TajFalaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is the former palace of the Nizam, rumored to be the richest man in the world at one time. The hotel is rife with European sensibilities and ancient heritage. The hotel is sprawled over 32 acres, with magnificent gardens. As soon as a guest reaches the palace, a horse-drawn carriage awaits the guest to be taken to the hotel.
The Ranvas, Nagaur
Built for the sixteen wives of Bakhat Singh, each haveli is a complete unit with living spaces, bedrooms, quarters for the maids in attendance, kitchens and courtyards. The Ranvas is a part of the fort of Ahichhatragarh. The palace has rich, warm tones and delicate prints and modern conveniences.
City Palace, Udaipur
Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace is an architectural delight with a blend of Medieval, Chinese and European architecture. The construction of the palace was started by MaharanaUdai Singh in 1553. The palace is built in granite and marble with assortment of pavilions, courtyards, terrace and hanging gardens.
Chidambara Villas, Chettinad
The Chidambara Villas is a 110 years old heritage Chettiar home and is the finest example of glasswork, tile work, paintings and Chettinad architecture. Its 25 rooms are beautifully recreated and they have been subtly enhanced with all the luxury and amenities.