Rajasthan’s Luxurious Palaces Turned Into Heritage Hotels

“Providence has created the Maharajas to offer a spectacle to the world,” wrote Rudyard Kipling, author of ‘The Book of the Virgins’. In the year, 1947, the Maharajas of Indian states went out to enjoy Shikar (the art of hunting) in deluxe Rolls Royce, entrusted art, furniture, jewels and the most admired European companies and practiced hospitality with banquets for their guests. For centuries, they lived in walled fortresses or palaces with terraces and gardens, with separate wings for women and servants.

It is now possible to share this life of refinement with Luxury Hotels in Rajasthan. The Maharajas have opened their palaces, hunting camps and summer residences, whose maintenance and restoration was too costly for them, and live with the guests, with whom they share the history of their family. They have changed hedonism for sustainable tourism and eccentricities for the restoration of artistic heritage and worked for the development of the community. In Rajasthan, northeastern India, lies Umaid Bhawan Palace, the sixth largest private residence in the world. Part of this sandstone fort in Jodhpur is a hotel of the prestigious chain Taj Hotels. Decorated in ‘art deco’ style, it includes ten acres of gardens with peacocks, a museum of the royal family and an underground pool.

Another of the properties of the Maharaja of Jodhpur is Ahhichatragarh Fort, also called Nagaur Fort. After 20 years of restoration work, the hotel Ranvas Nagaur has recovered the sophisticated atmosphere that served as a refuge for the women of the royal family. It is divided into 27 rooms distributed in ten ‘havalis,’ traditional buildings of Rajasthan, which have their own porticoed courtyard. It is also possible to stay at Royal Tents Nagaur, a camp of luxuriously fitted tents within the fortress of the V century. It is an adventurous place to enjoy the sunset in the jeep chasing gazelles and antelopes around. You can also enjoy your stay in Ahhichatragarh Fort, go for Royal Rajasthan tours and experience the deluxe amenities at their best.

Jaipur (the Pink City) has some of the most sumptuous Rajasthan hotels in the region. Both at Rambagh Palace and at Sukhman Rajmahal Palace there have been world dignitaries such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II or the shah of Iran. The marble stairs, the chandelier rooms and the suites they occupied now welcome less illustrious guests who enjoy the same hospitality of the Maharaja. The stay in the palaces is complemented with experiences like pool parties, outdoor dinners, music concerts, and safaris, that allow being part of a lifestyle already disappeared, to feel like the guests of a king. Both the hotels are included in the list of Luxury Hotels in Rajasthan. If you are ready to experience the traditional touch of Royal families, plan your trip to Rajasthan today.