From grand palaces to majestic forts, these meticulously restored properties offer a glimpse into the country's rich cultural heritage while providing unmatched luxury and hospitality. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a connoisseur of architectural marvels, or simply seeking an extraordinary vacation experience, these six heritage hotels in India are sure to captivate your senses and leave you with cherished memories. Prepare to be enchanted by the regal charm, impeccable service, and breathtaking surroundings as you immerse yourself in the splendour of these remarkable destinations.
Laxmi Vilas Palace Heritage Hotel, Bharatpur
It was constructed as a palace in 1887 by Maharaja Ram Singh (the erstwhile ruler of Bharatpur), and it was converted into a heritage hotel in 1994. This beautiful palace portrays a magnificent fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture with hints of the "Brij" culture. For instance, the ceremonial room has been decorated with frescoes that appeal to any visitor's eyes. The hotel has 25 well-furnished guest rooms with all modern facilities. Apart from the comfortable stay, the palace kitchen exclusively serves delicious traditional dishes, specially the Churma and takes care of each guest's taste and desire.
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Once the residence of the king of Jaipur and later converted into a hotel (in the 1950s), and is currently managed by the Taj group of hotels and resorts, a world-famous hotel chain known for its quality in fusing history, hospitality and contemporary luxury, Rambagh Palace is a prominent heritage hotel in the pink city- Jaipur. As one of Jaipur's best hotels, it provides excellent five-star services to its guests and is one of the remarkable tourist stay inns. The hotel offers an array of fine dining, banqueting, conferencing and holidaying facilities.
Ferrnhills Royale Palace, Ooty
Originally built by Captain F. Cotton in 1844 as a club hotel, Ferrnhills Royale Palace used to be the summer palace of the Mysore Maharajas. However, the property was later bought by the Wadiyar Dynasty's prince. It is currently run by Her Highness Pramoda Devi. Spread over 50 acres of lush lawns and surrounded by dense forests and panoramic views of the tea gardens and valleys, the palace hotel is breathtaking. It is constructed with Burmese teak and ornamental papier-mâché ceilings and offers the guests 19 Regal Suites having tastefully appointed bedrooms, sitting area, dressing rooms and Jacuzzi. Its old-world décor is enhanced with a fireplace and increases its imperial charm.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Taj Falaknuma Palace is a true gem in the sparkling crown of Hyderabad that was built in 1894 as Nizam's residence. The hotel offers a glimpse of the glorious lifestyle of the Nizam and radiates oozing historical charm on its more than 32 acres of land. It features beautifully manicured gardens, grand marble staircases, imperial furniture and huge chandeliers. Rooms enjoy all the modern facilities and are restored beautifully, keeping their old-world charm alive. Another biggest charm of the hotel is its multicuisine restaurant, where food is served with great royalty.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace Heritage Hotel is one of the best heritage hotels in Udaipur. This palace was constructed during 1743-46 under the direction of Maharana Jagat Singh II (62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar) of Udaipur, Rajasthan, as a royal summer palace. Located right in the middle of Lake Pichola, the Taj group of hotels later converted it into a luxurious heritage hotel. This luxury hotel has a total of 83 well-equipped rooms and suites. This magnificent hotel has been voted the most romantic hotel in India and the world.
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Officially recognized as The Grande Dame of Chowringhee, The Oberoi Grand is one of India's most renowned heritage hotels. It is situated at a prime location in Kolkata and is unmatched by other luxury hotels in the city. Dating back to the late 1880s, it was frequently visited by the country's leading figures during the colonial era. The hotel hosts grand functions for heads of state in the biggest Grand Ballroom in the city. The hotel's hospitality is at par and mostly visited by guests seeking to soak into the warmth and comfort of its services and ambience. The hotel boasts of all contemporary facilities with state-of-the-art infrastructure like the palatial rooms and spa centre. It serves delectable cuisines and organises events and parties of all types. The Oberoi Grand offers a truly memorable experience for all the guests.
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