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India's Palace Hotels: A Royal Tour

| Words by Zoe Crane |

Live like royalty in India, where many former and current royal residences are now supr-luxe hotels. Sleep in The Taj Lake Palace where James Bond film Ostopussy was filmed, or Umaid Bhawan Palace where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stayed. Here is Insider Journeys' list of the top six places in Rajasthan you can live like a king!

You can experience The Taj Lake Palace, Shahpura Bagh and Nimaj Palace on our Rajasthan’s Hidden Heritage and Lake Palace package.

1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Built for the Udaipur royal Family in 1746, this gleaming white castle seems to float on Lake Pichola in Udaipur. With opulent guestrooms, ornate courtyard gardens and breathtaking views, the Taj Lake Palace has gained a reputation as the most romantic hotel in the world. Stay at the Taj Lake Palace on our Rajasthan’s Hidden Heritage and Lake Palace package.

2. Shahpura Bagh, Shahpura

Originally the summer residence of local royal family, the equivalent of a duke or earl, this heritage gem hidden amongst lush greenery on a historic estate. An ideal stop on the way from Jaipur to Udaipur, lounge by the secluded pool or visit the family fort nearby. Stay at the Taj Lake Palace on our Rajasthan’s Hidden Heritage and Lake Palace package.

3. Nimaj Palace, Nimaj

One of the oldest heritage hotels in India, the Nimaj Palace is a modest palace hotel with rich furnishings from the medieval period. Enter the towering gates of the distinctive red sand stone palace past the traditional Dalwans (Country kin’s sitouts) to the glamorous courtyard. Stay at the Taj Lake Palace on our Rajasthan’s Hidden Heritage and Lake Palace package.

4. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, this opulently-restored palace built 1835 sits amongst 47 landscaped acres and is extravagantly decorated with intricate marble latticework, ballustrades, cupolas and cenotaphs.

5. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

One of the grandest palace hotels in India, the Jodhpur royal family still live in the palace, making this the sixth largest private residence in the world. Overlooking the blue city of Jodhpur, the palace includes a family museum, lush gardens and a subterranean pool.

6. Samode Palace, Samode

The intricate palace at Samode is nearly 500 years old, an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The rooftop infinity pool looks out over the lush Aravali hills. Elegant rooms are luxuriously decorated with four-poster beds and carved couches with a traditional flower motif throughout.

Contact us to find out more about touring India's royal heartland and the amazing historic hotels of India.