Rajasthan often dubbed as the “Land of Kings,” enchants visitors with its opulent & grand palaces, majestic forts, and a myriad of historical landmarks. The princely state still retains the essence of its rich history, powerful & extravagant Kings, and abundance of grandeur. It is the perfect place to feel like a Modern-day King or Queen & experience the warmest hospitality. The Grand Palaces of Rajasthan redefines royalty & hospitality like no other.
umaid bhawan palace, Jodhpur
The Umaid Bhawan Palace, designed by legendary Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, is a fusion of eastern and western architectural styles. The palatial suites and rooms, ornately carved balconies, open terraces, stunning courtyards, and lush green lawns take guests back in time to the days of Royal kings and queens. The hotel’s ambiance is reminiscent of a lavish palace, and the exotic and delectable Rajasthani cuisine offers a delightful culinary experience.
The Maharani Suite, the most spectacular and regal of the Palace suites, was historically the private residence of the erstwhile Maharani of Jodhpur, and its pink, black, and chrome tones reflect her personalized aesthetic. The Mehrangarh fort and imperial grounds are best enjoyed from its expansive balcony. It has a spectacular bedroom, a relaxing living area, a lavish dining room, and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi. The luxuries include a huge walk-in closet, dressing area, private kitchenette, in-suite spa, and steam room.
The Maharaja Suite, once the personal suite of the erstwhile Maharaja of Jodhpur, retains a charm of the past. It has a spectacular sitting room, dining room, a secret bar, a magnificent bedroom, a steam room, and a spa. The Grand Royal Suites, once earmarked for visiting royalty, are fashioned in the influential Art Deco style. With its unique color palette and princely passion theme, each suite is one-of-a-kind.
The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Designated as the official residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1925, The Rambagh Palace has been abode to several generations of royals since then. The palace is luxuriously embellished with hand-carved marble, sandstone balustrades, cupolas, cenotaphs, as well as magnificent Mughal Gardens. The visitors are served a regal Indian feast in Suvarna Mahal, a former palace ballroom with shimmering enormous crystal chandeliers designed in the 18th-century French style.
Visit Rajput Room, an all-day dining restaurant, or Verandah Café for a variety of cuisines. Savor Mediterranean delicacies at Steam, a lounge bar, or relax in the Polo Bar, featuring trophies and memorabilia from the Jaipur polo team on exhibit. To take your royal getaway to the next level, luxuriate in signature treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa, experience the goodness of the ancient Indian wellness therapies. It has hosted several famous faces over the years, including Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Charles, and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
The awe-inspiring Taj Lake Palace, originally known as the Jag Niwas, stands like a mirage in the heart of Lake Pichola. The elegant marble palace was built between 1743 and 1746 and served as the Maharana Jagat Singh II of the Mewar royal dynasty’s winter residence. The white and black marble walls of this exquisite palace are embellished with semi-precious stones and carved niches. The palace’s interiors are decorated with beautiful gardens, fountains, and pillared patios, and gorgeous courtyards with peacocks strolling by, evoking the grandeur of the past. The Royal Butlers, the descends of the original palace attendants, provide unparalleled splendor and hospitality to the guests.
It has 66 deluxe rooms and 17 royal suites, with spectacular views of the lake surrounding the property and The Udaipur city. An ideal place for witnessing sunsets and sunrises. At Neel Kamal, you can savor authentic Rajasthani cuisine while enjoying the spectacular scenery. Modern European cuisine is served at Bhairo, an open-air restaurant. The hotel’s plush and glamorous bar, Amrit Sagar, offers a diverse assortment of premium spirits, wines, and unique cocktails. The world-famous Taj Lake Palace has hosted numerous memorable film shootings, including the James Bond film Octopussy. It has entertained notable figures such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Lord Curzon, Queen Elizabeth II, and Vivien Leigh.
Amer Fort, Amer
The colossal Amer (palace) Fort, one of Jaipur’s most popular tourist destinations, sits atop a tiny hill. One can either walk uphill, ride an elephant, take a jeep, golf cart or drive its vehicle to the top entrance. In 2013, the fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its architecture is a unique blend of Rajput and Mughal influences. The majestic Amer Fort is a sprawling former royal residence built of pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble. The fort is split into 4 portions, each with its very own courtyard. At the Amer Fort, there are dozens of sites to explore, like the diwan-e-aam, such mandir, and the Sheesh Mahal. Amer Fort has underground tunnels connecting it to Jaigarh Fort. A segment of these restored tunnels is now open to the public.
The main courtyard, known as Jaleb Chowk, is located at the entrance. The king’s warriors used to gather and parade here. Inside the fort, ascend the grand staircase from the Jaleb Chowk courtyard to the second courtyard, which contains the Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) with its many pillars. The king’s former private rooms are located in the third courtyard, reached through the exquisite mosaic Ganesh Pol. It comprises 2 structures split by a large decorative garden. The Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audiences) is the most beautiful area of the fort, with its walls adorned with elaborate mirror work. As a result, it’s also known as Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors). The Jas Mandir contains exquisite floral motifs with glass in them.
The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
The Oberoi Rajvilas, set in 32 acres of prime settings, beautifully recreates the splendor of Rajasthani royals. LCD TVs, DVD players, satellite television, and wired and wireless broadband Internet access are available in all of the property’s rooms, tents, and villas. Butler service is accessible 24 hours a day. The fully air-conditioned luxury tents set this property apart. Each tent has its very own patio and garden, both surrounded by a mud wall. The tents are light and airy on the inside, with colonial touches like a free-standing claw-footed bathtub and a separate shower. In addition to a state-of-the-art fitness facility, flood-lit tennis courts, and an outdoor pool in a magnificent garden setting, there’s also a spa with a full suite of massage and spa treatment options.
Inside it is ‘The Surya Mahal’ (Sun Palace) a fine dining restaurant, open 24 hours a day. During the day, it is bright with natural light. After dark, the phosphorescent moon twinkles in the alfresco courtyard, and the crystal chandelier twinkles in the main hall. Western, Mediterranean, Asian, and Indian cuisines are included on the menu.
Rajwada Library Bar, a great place to grab an aperitif or a post-dinner drink. Pour a fine wine, a traditional cocktail, or a single malt whisky into your glass. Attend one of the bi-weekly interactive history sessions, all while enjoying the regal appearances of past Maharajas depicted in lithographs on the walls.