Imagine living a night at a hotel that housed royalty in the past. India has a rich history marked with several civilizations and era. Each phase saw new influences and culture that also reflected in the architecture of that period.
Today, many of the iconic buildings and palaces have been converted into luxury hotels with modern amenities while preserving the old world charm. So, if you want to be transported in time and enjoy true bliss, here are the list of top heritage hotels in India that will make you feel like royalty or relive history.
1 – Imperial Hotel, Delhi
Built in 1936, The Imperial Hotel New Delhi located in the prime area of Janpath, central Delhi still carries the legacy of the colonial past. As a Delhi’s first luxury hotel, it has hosted royalty from across the world, Hollywood Celebrities and esteemed politicians. The design of the hotel which is the mix of Victorian and colonial architecture was created by English architects. An interesting trivia about the place is that the leading members of the Indian National Congress and Muslim League met at The Imperial to discuss the partition of India, a historical event that changed the future course of the neighboring countries.
This historical edifice today stands tall after restoration effort in late 90s and early 2000s. Besides offering a luxurious stay to its guests, the hotel also has the largest collection of colonial artifacts and a museum that has evoked curiosity amongst history enthusiasts from across the world.
2 – Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Winner of the coveted Travelers’ Choice Award for being one of the best hotels in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace served home to the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur. This magnificent edifice built in marble and sandstone it estimated to have costed 11 million rupees in its time. The hotel has approximately 347 rooms and has elements of both Indian architecture and western influences.
Surrounded with a 15 acre landscape, the exterior of the hotel is as extravagant as the interior. To provide its guests fine luxury stay, the hotel has a banquet hall, private dining area, a ball room, library and an impressive museum that exhibits the fine possession of the royal family. In order to get a glimpse of Indian royalty in lap of luxury and comfort, Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur is the place to go.
3 – Falaknauma Palace, Hyderabad
Managed by the Taj Hotel Group, the Falaknauma Palace hotel was opened to Public only in 2010 after a decade of restoration efforts. The Palace is truly majestic and resonates the opulence of the Nizam family of Hyderabad. The palace has a number of Turkish influences, which was carried under the supervision of by Her Highness Princess Esra, the Nizam’s Turkish wife. With a total of 60 rooms, the hotel gives its guests a true taste of royalty with a welcome ride on a horse-drawn carriage. Another highlight of the hotel is the Dubar Hall that has a 101 seater dining table.
Overlooking the historical city of Hyderabad, the Falakauma Place is the latest and the most talked about hotel in recent times. The name of the hotel flashed over all the news a few years ago, when Bollywood Box office King Salam Khan hosted the wedding of his younger sister at this iconic hotel.
4 – Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan
Situated within comfortable distance from Delhi falling enroute to Jaipur, the Neemrana Fort Palace is a highly luxurious hotel. The hotel serves as an excellent weekend destination for people who want to seep back in time, however in garb of pure indulgence. The noted architectural highlight of this edifice is the hanging garden, swimming pool and facilities like Ayurvedic Spa and allows guests to have a relaxing time.