5 Palaces That Got Converted Into Luxury Hotels
There is no sin in treating yourself with ultra-premium luxury, once in a while; and when you are doing it, then do it right. There are so many palaces and heritage forts of India that got converted into modern day hotels (yet keeping its royalty intact!). To experience royalty in its truest form, you should definitely visit one of these palaces converted into luxurious hotels. We have made the list for you to get started!
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1.Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Jag Niwas Palace floats on Lake Pichola, (in Udaipur) like a white magnificence on hues of blue! This white palace got made from 1743 to 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II (it was more like a summer retreat palace for the royal family). This property then got converted into a luxury hotel (very first of its kind) in 1960 and is managed by Taj Group of Hotels.
Apart from the wonderful location, there are many other reasons why you should book a night at this magnificent and luxurious palace hotel. There are about 18 suits in this hotel and 65 plush rooms; each of these rooms will provide you a magnificent view (like city palace, Machla Magra Hills, The Aravalli and Jag Mandir).
During your stay in the hotel, you can go for a spa treat on the hotel’s spa boat (known as Jiva Spa; gives a unique spa experience). You can also dine-in at one of the themed restaurants and order your favorite cuisine.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Udaipur
The right way of experiencing luxury is by booking a stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel. This palace is situated in Jodhpur, and was constructed between 1928 and 1943; Maharaja Umaid Singh got it constructed during his reign. This palace stands on 26 acres land, and some part of it got converted into a luxurious hotel (managed by Tata Group); some part of it is still owned by the royal family and works as a private residence of the royal family.
This luxurious hotel houses 70 rooms & suits, where all the rooms have wonderful deco-style. The property is surrounded by marvelous garden, which is a sight to behold, especially in morning. There is also an indoor pool (can also be called as Zodiac pool) with images of all 12 zodiac signs on the floor. While you are in the property, do not forget to check out the museum built within the property itself.
3. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
This palace was constructed in 1835 and was lately the residence of Maharani Gayatri Devi and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. This property was then converted to a luxury hotel by Taj Group. This architectural beauty (you should see the hand-carved “Jalis” on marble, “Chattris”, and sandstone balustrades in this palace) is now a 78-room hotel (got converted in 1957) and is known as the “Jewel of Jaipur”.
There is so much that you can do at this royal property. You can start by taking the heritage walk where you can get to know more about the royal lives and the whole timeline of this palace (well, everything about Rajasthan is royal; even something like an iconic train ride on the Palace of Wheels) If you want to give a beautiful surprise to your loved one, you can always book the gazebo experience.
You can also get the luxurious and perfect dining experience; dine privately in this property (with the palace in your backdrop) and enjoy a special handcrafted menu combine with impeccable services.
4.Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace was made in 9 years (from 1884 to 1893) and was originally owned by Paigah family, but then later was gifted to the Nizam of Hyderabad. This property is made in 32 acre and the uniqueness of this palace is that it is made in the shape of a Scorpio (inspired from the lead architect, William Mariet’s sun-sing!).
However, you will need to note the Scorpion shape by staling around the palace as there is no ariel view present for this palace; a pro tip: you should go on this search with a partner who would be as excited as you to check out the property (because it is going to be daunting) or you should take the solo trip experience.
Some of the experiences that are a must during your stay in the hotel are, riding on horse drawn carriage, checking out the paintings displayed on this palace (and bring out your inner artist!), and checking out the rare book titles mentioned in the amazing library.
5. City Palace, Jaipur
This is a royal residence and has been this way since 1732 (the construction of this palace started way back in 1727). This palace was constructed on the orders of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (Amer’s ruler). The construction of the palace is done by an amazing combination of Rajputana Architectural style and Mughal designing insights.
Recently, the current maharaja of the royal lineage has got some palace’s suites on Airbnb. Experience the lavish accommodations and world-class amenities at unbeatable prices, take the advantage of hotel booking coupons & discount offers ensuring an unforgettable stay with incredible savings.
If you are renting out the opulent City Palace of Jaipur’s room on Airbnb, there are several experiences that you must not miss. You should pay a visit to the Govind Dev Ji Temple (present within the palace’s complex itself), Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Pritam Niwas Chowk (the inner courtyard), Chandra Mahal (the oldest corners of the palace), etc.