The heritage of monumental and regal residencies of Indian kings and queens in princely empires of India are just a clue of the splendor of their prime of life. These palaces are the ornate edifice of architecture and the monoliths that stand right out of the Indian history. Even though 1947 was accompanied by India’s independence, the traditional kingship faded away but the royal abodes were not left at the altar. They still stand out in regality. These huge mementos of the monarchs blaze a trail of becoming opulent hotels and give way to an opulent savior faire of a royal ancestral home to visitors. Here we introduce you to a parade of heritage hotels.
- Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Standing exquisite, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, constructed in the 1930s is located in Jodhpur. The mammoth structure comprises 347 suites and comes across as the prime mansion of the former Jodhpur imperial clan. Presently, a portion of the palace that has been made a hotel, is run by the Taj group. It houses 70 guest rooms along with the magnificent “Regal and Vice-Regal Suites” and the beyond expression “Maharaja” and “Maharani suites”.
- Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Rambagh Palace is celebrated as the Jewel of Jaipur. Erected in 1835, the manor was rebranded as Rambagh after the then ruler, Maharaja, Sawai Ram Singh II. The princely Jaipur household lived at Rambagh up to 1957, after which it was first made an affluent hotel under their administration initially, then in 1972, it came under the management of the Taj Group of Hotels, Resorts and Palaces.
- Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
The arched building of Shiv Niwas Palace, sited on the embankment of Lake Pichola, is a former home of the Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur, Rajasthan. The hotel is managed by the HRH Group of Hotels, which in turn belongs to the prevalent Maharana. Shiv Niwas was turned into a lucrative deluxe heritage hotel in 1982. This charismatic attraction has 19 built-in grand rooms, 8 penthouses, 6 imperial suites and 3 imperial suites.
- Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
The expression Falak-numa in Urdu refers to “Mirror of the Sky”. The Taj Falaknuma Palace was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, who held the positon of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad in 1893. It was owned by Paigah Hyderabad State, and after that the super-rich Nizam of Hyderabad held its ownership. In 2000 Taj Hotels started renovating and restoring the palace. It houses 60 elegant bedchambers, the Aada restaurant the specialty of which is Hyderabadi slow-cooking and most importantly, the longest dining table in the world with 101-seats.
- Raj Palace, Jaipur
Thakur Mohan Singh Ji, who ruled Chaumoo and the erstwhile Prime Minister of Raj got the first Palace of Jaipur constructed in 1727, which is today famous as “The Raj Palace”. Still living in the palace are his 16th generation descendant and present owner, Princess Jayendra Kumari. After restoring the palace, the hotel hosts 50000 sq ft of hand painted souvenirs and 8000 sq ft of gold sheeting, the palace was inaugurated as a magnificent heritage hotel in 1997. The Government of India bestowed upon Raj Palace, “the best heritage hotel of India” award. Raj Palace of Jaipur has been elected as “The leading heritage hotel of the world” seven times in succession by the World Travel Awards.
- Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar
The descendant of 18th-century guardian queen, Ahilya Bai Holkar is a host to visitants to the Ahilya Fort of Maheshwar. The structure reflects a 250 year old grandeur. The view from the bastions shows life besides the sanctified Narmada River far-off below, it is nestled on the hilltop and thereby presents a breathtaking picturesque view of the ridges below.
- Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur
With the Gaibsagar Lake spreading out its turquoise colored waters on one side and a concavity of private reserve forest on the other, this stunning 19th-century royal residence is positioned on the banks of the lake in the traditional city of Dungarpur, near Udaipur. The memoirs of Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur, Rajasthan belong to the mid-19th century. The Maharaja of Dungarpur, who was the owner, remodeled the rooms keeping intact a large number of the innovative ornamental style fixtures in 20 guest rooms, including the ‘English’ baths, fascinating Rajput fabric, fine frescoes, miniscule portraits and granite sculptures.
- Samode Palace, Jaipur
Samode Palace is ancestral obelisk made by the imposing feudatory with the inherited title of ‘Maha Rawal’ or ‘Maha Saheb’ of the Amber and Jaipur princedom in Rajasthan, India. Samode Palace was originally erected in the sixteenth century as a Rajput fort. It is situated 40 kilometres north of Jaipur city. The insides of the palace are embodied in the archaic architectonic fashion of Rajasthan: marble floorings, elaborately adorned columns, mosaic walls, with plush carpets, bedecked with antique wall hangings.
- Ramathra Fort, Sapotra
Ramathra Fort, the present owners of which are Thakur Brijendra Raj Pal and his noble progeny, Ravi and Gitanjali Rajpal, is 17th-century fort perched on top of a hill in unique wildness. The Royal Fort was gifted paternally in the form of a property to Thakur Bhoj Pal of Karauli in the year 1645. It has now been transformed into a place where tourists can check in. The hotel encloses a vegetable orchard and a whirlpool tub in a turret.
- Ranvas, Nagaur
Ranvas, Nagaur is a small hotel at the border of the Thar Desert. It is enclosed within a sensational 500-year-old Ahhichatragarh Fort renovated by the Maharaja of Jodhpur. The focal point of this is the distinct admission, apart from opening hours to the general public, to stroll across the ravishing painted arbors.