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Luxury Palaces of India

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

India might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think luxury travel, but we’re about to convince you otherwise!

India is home to many palaces which have been converted into luxury lodgings and accommodation options for the traveler who loves style and comfort. Here are our top picks for luxury palaces in India!

Udaipur City Palace

1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Built in 1746 for the Udaipur royal family, the palace is set on the waters of Lake Pichola. The palace was built by Maharana Jagat Singh II and was restored to its pristine glory for the James Bond film Octopussy. With 66 luxurious rooms and 17 grand suites, a spa and an isolated location, it’s no wonder this palace is considered one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

2. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

The grand palace of Suryagarh has an ornate and sandstone exterior, making it a beauty to behold. The private mansion has sandstone ceilings, fountains and verandas and quiet accommodation. With amenities from a spa and gym to a games room, yoga and meditation, it’s worth every rupee.

3. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Perched high above Jodhpur on Chittar Hill, the last of the great palaces in India and a heritage hotel will transport you into a fairy tale. Built between 1928 and 1943, the palace is part of Rajasthan’s heritage and a symbol of the new Jodhpur, home to the royal family. Set among 26 acres of lush gardens with a Zodiac pool and art-deco style rooms, it’s a quiet reprieve from the bustling lanes of Jodhpur.

Overlooking Jodhpur

4. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Built in 1835, Rambagh Palace served as royal residences for Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen as well as their royal acquaintances. Today the palace is home to 78 restored and luxurious rooms and suites. Elaborate gardens, sandstone arches and hand-carved latticework complete the luxury palace.

5. Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Sitting high above the city of Hyderbad, known as the city of pearls, the luxury Falaknuma Palace is spread over 32 acres. A total of 60 rooms and suites have been restored throughout the palace. Transport to the hotel in a horse and carriage and enjoy a meal at the fine dining restaurant before you retire to your luxury abode.

6. Ambika Niwas Palace, Muli

The 1930s Ambika Niwas Palace is now a restored boutique heritage which appeals to the romantic. The artistic palace belongs to the Parmar Clan, descendants of rulers Vikramaditya and Raja Bhoj. With just ten rooms and five royal suites, a pool, spa and games facility, the palace is the perfect getaway for couples.

Amber Fort Jaipur

7. Raj Palace, Jaipur

Located in the middle of four main attractions in Jaipur, the 16th century Raj Palace features art-décor rooms and suites fitted with luxe furnishings. There’s a spa, an outdoor pool, gym and a theater for guests. Head out on a camel safari and explore the surroundings or dine in the coffee shop and simply relax.

8. Devigarh, Udaipur

Nestled in the Aravalli Hills of Udaipur, Devigarh blends new and old in a restored luxury hotel. The 18th century palace houses 39 decorative rooms and suites, surrounded by carefully landscaped gardens. Choose from Devigarh suites with a private sun balcony and Jacuzzi or keep in touch with aristocratic history in the palace suite, complete with marble interiors.

Experience India's luxury palaces for yourself on one of our small group journeys or talk to our Asia experts about a private itinerary.