We’re all up for a staycation if it’s in one of these awarded heritage hotels. Let’s reveal a couple in this list of heritage hotels spread across the country, which offer unprecedented luxury to its guests. Oh, the gems India hides! By Shubhanjana Das
1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur:
A floating abode of royalty and everything OTT, the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is the dream of Bollywood movies (remember YJHD?). And why not? This oasis of extravagance amidst Lake Pichola in Udaipur is a marble palace built in the 18th century that looks dreamy to say the least. Every nook and cranny of this property spells opulence in capital letters!
2. Chapslee, Shimla:
Imagine staying at what once used to be the residence of Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala in a stunning architectural blend that boasts of putting the glory of the days gone by to full display. The interiors consist of baroque furniture, Mughal ceramics and tastefully-manicured suites. They have an in-house restaurant, library, card room, croquet lawn and a tennis court.
3. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai:
The majestic sight of The Taj Mahal Palace, standing like a guard to the city of Mumbai, can be seen far from the seas, but one needs to set foot inside this heritage hotel that speaks of a hundred legends and stories of the past to experience its sheer glory. The hotel has 560 rooms and 44 suites and is known for its impeccable hospitality and of course, the stunning views of the sea. A hallmark in the cultural history of the city as well as the nation at large, The Taj Mahal Palace is a paragon of grandeur.
4. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur:
If reconnecting with your self is your agenda for your upcoming staycation, we recommend the Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, spread across a whopping 32 acres. With a 24-hour butler service, walk-in wardrobes, and only the grandest of suites, the Oberoi Rajvilas will redefine what you know about luxury and pampering.
5. Neemrana, Alwar:
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What if we told you that instead of staying at a hotel you could opt for a 15th Century palace perched along the mountainside? Yes, that’s Neemrana for you. The hotel also has India’s first zip line where you could swoosh by in a glimpse across the landscape. As for comfort in stay, one Ayurvedic spa session and you’ll have to fight yourself when it is time to leave.
6. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad:
If you can stay in only one palace, let it be the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, the place, which hosts the highest of delegates and celebrities from all over the world. Built in 1894, Taj Falaknuma is regal in more ways than one. The library of this palace is considered to have one of the largest collections with over 5,900 books. Lavish and palatial, this hotel boasts of ancient manuscripts and even artwork from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s own collection!