Royal Rajasthan is especially known for some of the historical forts and most ancient royal places and heritage hotels and narrates the interesting story about its kings and kingdom. It has always been known for its magnificent forts and opulent palaces that were built in the times of Maharajas. For a quintessential Rajasthan experience, you can stay at any of the heritage hotels speckling the landscape of the state. Many heritage hotels are situated in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer or any other major city in the state, you can easily find an accommodation option, and these all are offering you a royal stay. Here is a list of best heritage hotels of Rajasthan:
The Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace is an iconic structure built for Maharaja Umaid Singh and run by the Taj Group of Hotels also known as Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur. The ‘Umaid Bhawan Palace’ is an epitome of luxury, magnificence, and opulence. Built in 1943, the palace is set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens and a part of it, still serves as a residence to the royal family of Jodhpur. Its sheer size and grandeur are magical enough to hypnotize you fully. Exquisite interiors, decked up in art-deco style, complete with beautiful murals, antique furnishings and elaborate carvings on walls and pillars, also add to the royal charm of the palace.
Special: Dinner at Risala – Indian Fusion & serving Continental, heritage walks, city tour, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas is a highly acclaimed resort, situated on the shores of Lake Pichola, in the heart of Udaipur. It features just 86 rooms, complete with fountains and courtyards. This hotel is a luxurious heaven built in the style of Mewari palace. It offers exclusive and spectacular views across the lake and one of the world’s best resorts. All spaces, accommodation and dining alike, command panoramic views of the hotel’s manicured gardens and the sparkling Lake Pichola. Making your stay all the more memorable and with the world-class amenities and services offers at the hotel.
Special: Spa, Pool, Lunch on Lake Pichola
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Rambagh Palace has remained a testimony to numerous transitions over the ages. This Palace was built for the local Maharaja before being transformed into a hotel. It was first the residence of queen’s handmaiden, then became a guesthouse and hunting lodge for the royalties and in the end, it belonged to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. Today, with its 78 uber elegant rooms and suites, it is the first choice for travelers wishing to feel like royalty during their Rajasthan trip. It is also a perfect venue for events such as weddings and seminars. The Royal welcome is still persisting here: guests are greeted by decorated camels, horses, and elephants; and they can dine in a lounge bar outfitted in a historic steam engine, and go for a guided walk through the historic grounds.
Special: Heritage walks, grand welcome, and spa
Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur is situated on the banks of Lake Pichola and was highlighted in the James Bond film Octopussy. The palace is run by the HRH Group of Hotels and here was played host to Queen Elizabeth II. This Palace traces its origin to the 20th century when it was built during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh to accommodate the guests of the House of Mewar and dignitaries. It has been a part of the royal family’s collection for decades or even centuries.
Special: Spa and wellness center, outdoor pool, in-house Mughlai restaurant
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is one of the most recognizable residences and the most romantic hotel in the world. It is also known as Udaipur palace hotel. Hotel Taj Lake Palace amenities and facilities include spectacular arrival, Spa, Yoga, Wi-Fi, heritage walks, boat rides and magnificent views of Lake Pichola. Fairytale weddings, fascinating honeymoons, and rich traditions of the past make the Taj Lake Palace an enthralling grandeur. This exclusive stay in Rajasthan was referred to by the founder of the palace Maharana Jagat Singh II.
Special: Royal welcome at the Badi Pal Jetty, Jiva boat spa in Lake Pichola, and heritage walks.
Samode Palace, Jaipur
Samode Palace is part of the Heritage group of hotels, located 40 kilometers north of Jaipur city. The Samode Palace is situated close to the Samode town on the edges of Shekhawat. One of the best heritage hotels in Jaipur, Samode Haveli in Jaipur is a comfortable hotel situated in the heart of the city. A fine specimen of the royal Indo-Saracenic architecture, this palace is about 475-year-old. The contemporary luxury and signature administration marks the unique properties of this place of Rajasthan. The rooms are also praiseworthy as the elements placed in the rooms are reflects the richness of the erstwhile royals.
Special: Mughal garden at Samode Bagh, horse & camel safaris, special tours to sand dunes, and hot air balloon.
Deogarh Mahal, Rajsamand
Deogarh Mahal at Rajsamand is the richest luxurious heritage hotel in Rajasthan, was changed over into a Hotel by the Deogarh members. Apart from the palace, Deogarh is a popular tourist destination for Srinathji Temple, Ankleshwar Mahadev temple and Nathdwara. The opulent palace pampers its guests with luxury amenities. It is also a popular venue for weddings and events. If you are planning an offbeat destination wedding which is royal and princely, then you should choose this palace. Winter is the best time to get married here as the weather is pleasant.
Special: Restaurant, pools, Jacuzzi, Ayurvedic massage