Once majestic palaces, forts and havelis, now luxury hotels and resorts. Heritage hotels combine a slice of Indian heritage with modern amenities. From Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur to Chapslee in Shimla, India’s stunning heritage hotels allow you to travel back in time with their rich architecture and historical significance. Several of these properties have undergone years of restoration to ensure they provide all the luxuries and amenities of modern hotels while still maintaining their old world charm. Destinations Unplugged has hand-picked the 10 most majestic heritage hotels in India that ensure a royal experience.
1.Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
An architectural wonder, Taj Lake Palace, sits amidst the serene waters of Lake Pichola, located in the heart of one of the most romantic cities in India, Udaipur. Formerly a pleasure place for Maharana Jagat Singh II, this heritage property was beautifully restored in 1963 as a luxury hotel. From the moment you set foot in the Palace, you will feel like nothing short of royalty. A spectacular arrival, unique culinary experiences and a spa session on a luxury boat awaits you at Taj Lake Palace.
2.Samode Palace, Jaipur
Hidden deep in the Aravalli range, lies Samode, a 475-year-old Palace which has been converted to a heritage hotel, accommodating 43 spacious suites, all arranged around a series of charming courtyards. At Samode, celebrate contemporary luxury along with a fusion of Indian & Mughal styles. A magical affair in the lap of nature.
3.Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur
The 230-year-old warrior fortress is the only fortress that has been converted into a luxury heritage hotel. Located in the Bishangarh Village in Jaipur, Alila Bishangarh rests majestically upon a granite hill providing a 360-degree view of the Rajasthan landscape. The staff will charm you with their local knowledge of the city and make you feel like true royalty. Enjoy breathtaking views of Rajasthan and strolls around the gorgeous fort made of seven foot thick walls.
4.Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Mumbai’s first harbour landmark, The Taj Mahal Palace was born in 1903, serving as the flagship hotel of Taj hotels. Offering splendid views of the Arabian Sea and the majestic Gateway of India, this heritage hotel excels in its century-old hospitality. You can find out more about the rich history of the hotel through their organized heritage walks through the hotel.
The former summer home of Raja Charanjit Singh, Chapslee in Shimla, opened its doors to travellers in 1976 becoming India’s 8th heritage hotel. Known as one of the finest residences in Shimla back in 1903, The Chapslee Experience hasn’t changed much since, preserving its rich heritage. ‘The Chapslee Experience will take you back in time with its beautiful interiors of a bygone age – an adventure into the Victorian-era, that very few properties can offer.
6.The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
A stylish structure from the mid-1800s, The Oberoi Grand, situated in the heart of Kolkata, has long served some of India’s respectable leading figures. The addition of modern facilities and contemporary interiors to this classic heritage hotel, have only accentuated its beauty and remains one of the leading hotels in the Oberoi Group.
7.Palais De Mahe, Puducherry
The essence of two distinct cultures come together at Palais De Mahe in Puducherry. Palais De Mahe, a signature hotel located in a French Quarter of Pondicherry, that is a striking blend of South Indian & French cultures. Situated close to the promenade and amidst quaint streets, relish in the cool coastal breeze and delightful views.
8.The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
Voted as the ‘best heritage hotel’ by Outlook Traveler in 2018, The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi will give you a taste of what world class service and hospitality looked like in the days of the Raj, and how this hotel continues to bring the history alive. Take a stroll through to witness Victorian-era luxury at its best.
9.Ahilya Fort, Madhya Pradesh
Situated on the banks of the Narmada River, Ahilya Fort, built initially by the Warrior Queen, Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar, had been converted into one of the finest luxury heritage hotels around the world, by her descendant, Prince Richard Holkar, less than 20 years ago. Comprising only of 13 distinctive rooms across the Fort, you’re in for a truly exclusive yet understated luxurious escapade.
10.Fortune The Savoy, Mussoorie
Opened by an Irishman in 1902, the Gothic-styled Savoy in Mussoorie – is the perfect fusion of old world charm and modern luxuries. This unique heritage hotel situated on the foothills of the Himalayas serves as the perfect blissful weekend getaway with misty picturesque backdrops.
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Written By: Nikita Shah