Top Heritage Hotels in India for Luxury Travellers

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You want indulgence. You want lavishness and luxury. You want to be pampered. You want to be spoilt. You want to be a Maharaja. A Nawab. A Nizam. The Rani of your Land. The ruler of the kingdom where everything is at your beck and call. presents you a list of amazing luxury heritage hotels in India that can take you back in history, enriching you with a royal experience.

Here is the list of 10 Top Heritage Hotels in India for Luxury Travellers

1. Maison Perumal, Pondicherry - Holidify Explorer Awards 2018 Winner

Maison Perumal is a tasteful blend of old-world Tamil and French architectural styles. This heritage hotel in India honours the traditions of noble Tamil Nadu - with a French accent to go with the Puducherry Landscape. Old wood, tropical planters and wrought metal combine to recreate the charms of another age. Verandahs speak of the Tamil heritage while the arched windows and stylised colonnades reflect their French colonial ancestry.
The cross-cultural cuisine is a connoisseur's delight, the minimalistic lifestyle provides the utmost relaxation.

2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan - Holidify Explorer Awards 2018 1st Runner Up

Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of one of the world's largest private residences, the Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur. Built between 1928 and 1943 for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh Ji, the grandfather of the present Maharaja , this golden - yellow sandstone monument, designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the Polish artist Stefan Norblin. Bask in the glory of the greatness of the Jodhpur Royalty as you stroll through the museum dedicated to them. Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car, accompanied by a royal butler. Rejuvenate yourself in the romantic setting of the Taj Spa.
Interesting trivia about Umaid Bhawan Palace: The Palace was built also with the motive of giving employment to the people of Marwar during the period's great droughts and famines.

3. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad - Holidify Explorer Awards 2018 2nd Runner Up

Sheer opulence. Magnificence to render you speechless. The Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, is not just the epitome of luxury. It embodies the essence of a luxury heritage hotel in India. One of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. It belonged to Paigah Hyderabad State, and it was later owned by the Nizams. The palace was later restored and renovated by the Taj group of hotels, and guests can now experience the famed Nizam's hospitality. The palace, a rare blend of Tudor and Italian culture, has rooms and halls decorated with ornate furniture, rich hand-crafted tapestries and brocade from France. The interiors are a splendid interplay of Venetian chandeliers and intricate frescoes and have charming outdoor terraces with a treasure of rare artefacts. Interesting facts about Taj Falaknuma Palace: The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world. The palace has a library with a walnut carved roof: a replica of the one at Windsor Castle. The library had one of the finest collections of the Quran in India.

4. The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

With its neo-classical facade and grand pillared entrance, the Oberoi Grand, also referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee', welcomes you to the life of lavishness and grandeur in the city of Joy. Standing majestically for over 125 years, the Oberoi Grand hotel, once the private residence of a Colonel Grand, combines architectural charm with state-of-the-art facilities. The Oberoi Grand hotel is conveniently located in the bustling business and shopping area of Kolkata, and is close to the major convention centres, legislative offices, banks, corporate and government offices and consulates, thus making it an ideal place to stay during business visits as well as during leisure travel. This heritage hotel in India boasts of an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a spa. Fine dining facilities pamper your taste buds as you savor cuisines from all across the world. Overall, The Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata is one of the finest heritage hotels in India Interesting facts about the Oberoi Grand: In the earlier days, the hotel was known for its annual New Year's party that, along with iced champagne and expensive gifts, involved the release of twelve piglets in the ballroom. Anyone who caught a piglet got to keep it!

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5. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Destination weddings. Old world charm. Tranquility of the lake waters, and the charming sunset. After all, the Taj Palace, Udaipur, has been voted as the most romantic heritage hotel in India and in the world for a reason. Formerly known as the Jag Niwas, the Heritage hotel, which used to be a royal summer palace, is located on a natural rock foundation on the Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India. The hotel operates a speed boat which transports guests to the hotel from a jetty at the City Palace. Every one of the palace's rooms holds a story and among the most compelling is The Chandra Prakash Suite, meaning Lustre of the Moon. Maharaja-style indulgences await you in the Lake palace. There's the royal Mewar fare at the Lily Pond, where royalty was welcomed in a grandiose style by the courtesans. Witness the purple sunset as you sail through the lake on a 150-year old royal barge. Interesting trivia about Taj Lake Palace: During the famous Indian Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 several European families fled from Nimach and used the island as an asylum, offered to them by Maharana Swaroop Singh. In order to protect his guests the Rana destroyed all the town's boats so that the rebels could not reach the island. As both royal abode and luxury hotel in India, the Taj Lake Palace has captured the affection of the likes of Lord Curzon, Vivien Leigh, Queen Elizabeth, the Shah of Iran, the king of Nepal and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.The palace was used as shooting place for several movies, including the James Bond film Octopussy.

6. Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Indulge in stately luxuries and royal extravagances in the heritage hotel preferred by celebrities and sport stars across the globe and widely considered to be one of the best hotels around the world. As you retire into rooms that once were the resting places of the maharajas, you breathe in the unmistakable air of history and heritage of an architectural masterpiece. The palace houses the legendary Peacock suite, which overlooks the Mughal Terrace and the garden where the Maharaja used to celebrate 'Holi'. The Suvarna Mahal, once the palace ballroom, now holds stately dining facilities. Royal feasts are held under a star-speckled sky. The legendary Polo Bar has a charm of its own.
Interesting fact about Taj Rambagh Palace: The Hotel was rated as the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, September '09.

7. Samode Haveli, Jaipur, Rajasthan

There is a word for sheer indulgence. And that is Samode. The Samode Haveli, a self-contained heritage hotel in India built and maintained by the noble feudatory 'Maha Rawal' or 'Maha Saheb', is 'a nobleman's abode restored to perfection', 'a quintessential Indo-saracenic regal residence' and 'an oasis of serenity in the depths of the lively city'. The Haveli was built over 175 years ago within the city of Jaipur by Rawal Sheo Singhji as the manor house for the royal family. It reflected the style and elegance of the family and the art and architecture of the times and culture, all of which have been impressively restored today. What else can a tourist seeking for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation want, other than a dip in the cool blue water of an inviting moorish-style pool, or a jacuzzi and an ayurvedic massage to unwind, or a drink while enjoying a traditional dance performance or a puppet show? Interesting trivia about Samode Haveli: Many Hindi feature films have been pictured with the settings of the palace. The 1984 American HBO TV serial adaptation of the Raj-romance novel The Far Pavilions was also filmed in the palace precincts and starred Ben Cross, Amy Irving, Omar Sharif and Christopher Lee.

8. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai is Gateway of India. And the Taj is the Gateway to Mumbai. A landmark which has symbolised Mumbai for more than a century, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, also referred to as the 'Taj', derives its glory not from past kings and Maharajas owning the palace but from its very own unique history. This playground of Princes was also a home to the Indian Freedom movement. Jinnah, the future first leader of Pakistan and Naidu, the President of the Indian National Congress, both held court here. The Taj Mahal Palace has hosted notable guests such as The Beatles, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bill Clinton, The King & Queen of Norway, The Duke & Duchess of Kent, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, Mick Jagger, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few, as well as professional cricket teams on tour. In the late 1990s, in preparation for its 100th birthday, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai put in place a complete renovation and refurbishment programme. At the completion of its Centenary year, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai sported a rejuvenated look, with new restaurants, beautifully restored guest rooms and a charming new lobby lounge. Interesting trivia about the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel: The side of the hotel seen from the harbour is actually its rear. The front faces away to the west. There is a widespread misconception that the architects' building plans were confused by the builder so that he built it facing away from the harbour. This is not true, as the hotel was deliberately built facing inland, possibly because the horse carriages in which guests came to the hotel could more easily approach the hotel from the city.

9. Nadesar Palace, Varanasi

Set amidst lush green gardens, mango orchards, marigold and jasmine fields, Nadesar Palace offers peace and tranquillity to tourists in the holy city. Named after the celebrities who stayed here as the Maharaja's guests, each room and suite at the palace draws inspiration from the city. Works of art from the era of the stately Maharajas decorate the palaces 10 luxury suites. Indulgence gets a new definition with the fine dining experience in the palace, whether it be the breakfast at the verandah, lunch in the spiritually inspired dining area or the poolside barbecue dinner. The palace also boasts of state-of-the-art facilities including the Jiva spa, offering the authentic Ayurvedic spa treatment, a golf course, a swimming pool and an astrologer's consulting service too.
Interesting trivia about Nadesar Palace: It was among the 45 Best New Hotels of 2009 in the IT List in Travel+Leisure (USA).

10. Jehan Numa Palace (Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh)

Jehan Numa, which means 'View of the World' in Urdu, is a 19th century heritage hotel situated in the heart of India, built during the rule of Sultan Jehan Begum by her second son General Obaidullah Khan, Commander-in-Chief of the erstwhile Bhopal state Force. The Palace offers its guests a taste of royal living, luxury and extravagance with 100 rooms and 6 exclusive suites to choose from. The palace epitomizes residential comfort and offers state-of-the-art facilities; a swimming pool, a spa, a fitness centre and horse riding. The palace decors exude sophistication and elegance.
Interesting trivia about Jehan Numa Palace: The palace was classified as a heritage grand hotel in 2000, the first-of-its kind in central India.

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