Heritage hotels in India

The word luxury brings in different meaning to different people. It might mean indulgence, relaxation, comfort, sumptuous or enjoyment. When you are in India the luxury should definitely mean Royal experience similar to what you will get to the Maharaja Express. India has a rich history of Royal lifestyle with numerous kings ruling the country for hundreds of years. They have left behind a rich heritage to experience.

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The palaces that are part of Indian luxury till date are something that you will defiantly not find in any other parts of the world. You can welcome yourself to India as a royal ambassador and give yourself the palatial treat by opting to stay in these heritage hotels. That is the reason I suggest you to experience the luxury of Indian Heritage hotels when it comes to choosing luxury hotels in India.

"Heritage hotels in India"
Taj Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola

In a country like India where 565 kingdoms had established their power, the Rajput kingdom is considered to be the most flamboyant of them all.  The now Rajasthan has the most heritage hotels in India.

Here are a few good reasons why you should choose to unveil the hidden treasures of Indian heritage.

• You will get a chance to live the life king size and literally experience the royal treatment.
• Heritage hotels in India have the royal menu to serve their guests.
• In most of these heritage hotels food is cooked and served in authentic style.
• Grab your chance to dine in the huge durbar halls.
• The interiors and the ambience in every room and suites are designed to give you royal feeling.
• Above all you are getting a chance to stay in the actual palace where once kings had their home.
• Elephant rides and horse rides for nearby site seeing along with the men and women dressed in traditional attire following you to cater your needs on the spot are all the part of your stay at such hotels.

Heritage Hotels of royal India can be seen in 37 destinations across India and there are about 40 such hotels.

A few of the most popular heritage hotels in India:

1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
2. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur
3. Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
4. Taj Gateway Hotel, Jaisalmer
5. Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
6. Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi
7. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
8. The Bagh, Bharatpur
9. Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore
10. Devigarh Resorts, Udaipur
11. Raj Palace, Jaipur
12. Shiv Vilas Palace, Jaipur
13. Kumarakom Lake Resorts, Kerala
14. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Udaipur
15. Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
16. Balsamand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
17. Hotel Raas, Jodhpur
18. Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur
19. Nahargarh, Sawai Madhopur and I am not yet done with the list…

Yes, it goes without saying that you have a range of lavish modern style hotels to look for if you choose to be comfortable in more westernised 5 star hotels. A few brands which stand out in the masses when it comes to hospitality are The Taj, The Oberoi Group, The Leela, Hyatt, The Lalit, Trident, Marriot, ITC-Welcomegroup and Ista hotels.

These modern luxury hotels will not give you a chance to miss your home back in your country. They not only have their hotels designed to suit the comforts of different parts of the world but also serves you with the cuisine of your choice. You ask for it and you will have it be it Chinese, Italian, French, Lebanese, Sushi, continental, Vietnamese etc. But you should look for the hotel provisions before you book to see if the catering is done for multi-cuisine or only the selected ones.

Here is a list of few hotels by the big brands in India

Hotels by The Taj group

"Taj Mahal Hotel Delhi"
Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

1. Taj West End, Bangalore
2. Taj Mahal, Dehli
3. Taj Exotica, Goa
4. Taj Bengal, Kolkota
5. Taj Krishna, Hyderabad and a lot more of them.

Hotels by Oberoi group

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

1. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
2. Wild Flower Hall, Shimla
3. Oberoi, Bangalore
4. Oberoi, Delhi
5. The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai madhopur
6. Oberoi, Mumbai
7. Oberoi, Kolkata
8. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and a few more in other cities.

Hotels by The Leela

"Leela Palace, Udaipur"
The Leela Palace, Udaipur

1. The Leela Palace, Udaipur
2. The Leela Kempinski, Mumbai
3. The Leela, Kovalam
4. The Leela palace Kempinski, Bangalore
5. The Leela, Goa
6. Leela Kempinski, Delhi

Hotels by Hyatt group

Hyatt Regency Delhi
Hyatt Regency, Delhi

1. Grand Hyatt, Mumbai
2. Hyatt Regency, Delhi
3. Hyatt Regency, Kolkata
4. Park Hyatt Resort, Goa

Apart from providing westernised luxury some of these top hospitality tycoons in India also maintain the heritage hotels as part of their chain of hotels. These groups or the brands have chain of hotels across India prominently in tourist places.

So what are you planning to have fun with? Is your choice a modern style 5 star hotel or the luxury coupled with the essence of Indian heritage? I suggest you go for the heritage hotels of India.

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71 thoughts on “Heritage hotels in India”

  1. I have stayed in the other hotels of Taj, Leela and Hyatt in most of the cities you have mentioned. However, these are nothing in comparision to the heritage hotels. I am sure, these heritage hotels can make it to the list of “Things to do before I die” kind of list of many people. 🙂

  2. I see the luxury hotels in India are a lot, well luxurious. It is beautiful in every sense. Now the only thing left to know is their service quality. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I see The Leela palace in Bangalore almost on every weekend which is some what close to my home. I wish I could once stay there even if it is just for a day!

    • I think that it is needed to include the Hotel Brahmaputra Ashoka,Guwahti, which is the only Heritage(approx) hotel in North East India.If possible then include it.

  4. > live the life king size and literally experience the royal treatment
    It sounds like great fun, and I like the idea of elephant rides and soaking up the experience.

  5. Hi Shalu ji….
    Great list of big indian hotels….
    I always love to use at least one of them…..but budget is always a constraint……

    I hope some day I’ll earn enough money to have stay in one of heritage Hotel with my family….

    BTW thanks for sharing such a great information about the Heritage Hotels.

  6. Nice compilation, thanks for sharing!

    I visited some of these hotels and they are indeed quite something! I posted about Oberoi’s Udaivilas in Udaipur here http://travelmemo.com/asia/india/stay-oberoi-udaivilas-luxury-hotel-udaipur-rajasthan-india

    I will post about the Samode Palace shortly.

  7. Excellent Photography with vital information after seeing these blog i am getting so excited o to visit this place and i have heard about Five star hotels in Chandigarh, these hotels are good mixture of Modernize and traditions.

  8. Great information.My last visit was in mumbai there in stayed in the The Leela Kempinski, Mumbai.The service was really good and now plan is to go to chandigarh.If you have any idea about Best Hotels in Chandigarh then please share it asap.

  9. I love traveling bc it is fun
    I love traveling in the hot sun
    I love traveling with my feet
    I love traveling ah skeet skeet
    I love traveling here and there
    I love traveling without a care
    I love traveling back to my home
    Finally when my trip has ended, I left a lot of people feeling offended.

    Its all not actually happens with me but its my wish if i were feel like this. As a tourist I am not lucky. Yet I have only experience of Corbett National Park.

  10. This is really good for the tourism of India. To be honest I never imagined that you have these world class hotels and I am sorry for myself for that. I think that I would add India on my vacation list! I’m now interested on India’s tourist spots and cuisine that I would like to try when I get there.

    • The hotels are simply mind blowing! And often times the service is amazing, too, with the Oberoi Udaivilas leading the pack.

      I just posted another sample from a three week roundtrip in Rajasthan. The Samode Palace is quite something!

  11. Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City, thanks to the colour of the buildings in the city. The city, built in 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, followed a grid system, which made it the only planned city of its time.There are so many best Budget Hotels in Jaipur are available in Jaipur where you stay. Which is very famous in Jaipur.

  12. Off course Rajasthan is the best destination for one who loves to stay in sovereignty. There you can find a lot of heritage hotels and lodges which are alive from the time of Raja-Maharaja’s or architected later.

  13. I was once in Jaipur on business tour and got a chance to stay in Shiv Vilas Palace, Jaipur. I must say the hotel is one of the best I ever seen and stayed in. You will experience a royal luxury and comfort there.

  14. Wow ! I love information provided by you because for my business trip I mostly need to travel India and now I got every heritage hotels so will visit each and everyone.

  15. It is a great site to visit the India.All information about the hotel is good for every tourist.There are many heritage hotels in India.This site contains extensive information on Hotels in India.Thanks for sharing this article.

  16. The Oberoi group hotels are the best in my opinion. The others might disagree but I had a great experience with them and I will stay their loyal client 🙂

  17. I like Leela Palace in Udaipur. This is built at the bank of lake pichola. It is very beautiful and awesome.The information you provide is very helpful for those who needs information regarding hotels in India.

  18. In India tourism is not on small level , due to this the construction of the different hotel groups makes them luxuries hotel Group in world Ever. If we read your full articles we find out many Heritage hotels in India.

  19. Hey thanks for your wonderful article for sharing down the every sort of information, every bit of it is delight fulness.All the hotels are amazing and great.

  20. I went to ooty recently and i fell in love with this palce and i stayed at Meadows Residency.
    It was a wonderful hotel and i am too happy that i made this trip with my friends.

  21. Great Article…
    It is a descriptive article and explains nicely about the beautiful places that affect a vacation home in the long run. For the history lovers, this post is just amazing.
    Thank You!!

  22. Hye…buddy!!

    I really like your article..Great tips..also the image you posted shows the cool and different types of hotels…That sounds like a great way to keep your vacation spend in different styles of hotel …
    Thanks for sharing..

    Keep posting this valuable information!!!

  23. Good information,
    I Love Hyderabad, When ever i came to Hyderabad i will stay at Taj Krishna. Their facilities and hospitality was simply superb..

  24. When it comes to heritage I guess Rajasthan is the best place. I once stayed in Umed Bhawan, it is said to be the best hotel in Kota, Rajasthan. But after reading your blog I guess I’ve missed a lot. I soon will be visiting Taj Lake Palace, thanks to you!

  25. I’d like to make an addition to the places you’ve mentioned in Heritage Hotels in India. Just about 3 kilometres from Mehrangarh Fort resides India’s First Heritage Hotel, Ajit Bhawan and is a perfect base to taste supreme luxury.
    Visit Ajit Bhawan Jodhpur

  26. hi.. I am foodie cum travellor type of person. I always like to explore places and same goes with food also. Thank you for sharing such an informative article with us. And, I totally believe, India is actually a hub of historical and heritage places all over the world. Most of the hotels in India opt an option to build their restaurant as a heritage palaces. I have visited so many restaurants which had a heritage look. I have visited once at Radhey ki Haveli in khatu,rajasthan and i loved it the way its manufacture design. I also love the food.. like we can have a good and delicious rajasthani food in this heritage restaurant. and i know, in upcoming future, their are lots of restaurant who build their estate as a heritage palaces.. For more info about heritage hotel visit…
    Radhey ki haveli,Rajasthan

  27. Great information you are sharing. My last visit was in Nathdwara there it stayed in the Hotel Shree Vilas. The service was really good. If you have any idea about Luxury Hotels in Nathdwara then please share it.


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