The word “India” itself conjures up the dreams of Maharajas, their Elephants and their Royal Palaces. If you are in India, then you can stay in some of the best Royal Palaces turned Heritage Hotels. The Taj Group is one of the leading heritage hoteliers in India, and here we present you the top 5 Taj Group Heritage Hotels in India:
Taj Rambagh Palace: Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Rambagh Palace was earlier the home of the royal family of Jaipur and has housed generations of royals. It was built in 1835 for the queen’s most favorite handmaiden Kesar Badaran and was later turned into hunting lodge and royal guesthouse. In 1925 Rambagh was converted into a palace and became the residence of Maharaja of Jaipur.
Fondly called the ‘Jewel of Jaipur,’ the palace remained home of the royal family of Jaipur till 1957 when it was converted to a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. In 1972, the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over the place and made it the ‘jewel in the crown’ among the other palaces of Taj in India.
Rambagh Palace has 79 rooms including some original suits which were chambers of the Maharaja. Rich fabrics and silk drapes within each room capture the beautiful colors of the state of Rajasthan.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Umaid Bhavan is located on the desert capital of Jodhpur and is the last great palaces of India and is also one of the largest residences in the world set in 26 acres of green gardens. It is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur and is made of golden-yellow sandstone in the Art Deco style of the time. It took 15 years of construction to complete this 347 room palace before it was made ready to serve as the residence of the royal family of Jodhpur.
The palace was designed by the famous Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester who beautifully mixed eastern and western architectural designs. There is a huge and majestic 105-foot high cupola which is highly influenced by the Renaissance but the towers resemble Rajput tradition. The interiors are made of gilt furniture with elegant artwork which follows the Art Deco style beautifully complemented by exotic murals designed by the Polish artist Stefan Norblin. The hotel offers 64 luxurious suites and rooms.
Savoy Hotel, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Located on a hill, the hotel spreads over six acres of landscaped gardens and offers beautiful colonial style cottages built between 1834 and 1865. Amazingly colored flowerbeds and multi-colored quilt around the cottages gives it an English charm.
There are 40 rooms in the cottage blocks with 6 suites well equipped with all modern amenities and décor. There is one conference hall that can accommodate some 25 to 80 persons. Guests can also enjoy delectable dishes in the middle of romantic decoration.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai was opened in 1903 and has hosted Maharajas, Princes, Kings, Presidents, entertainers and CEOs.
The hotel has an architectural design of Oriental, Moorish and Florentine styles. It offers beautiful views of the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea and is a perfect example of Indian influences in onyx columns, alabaster ceilings, hand-woven silk carpets, graceful archways, art collection, crystal chandeliers – it is an eclectic collection of furniture and cantilever stairway.
There are some 560 rooms and 44 suites, 11 banquets with a capacity of 25 to 500 persons auditorium style or 18 to 2000 persons for cocktails.
Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
This 120-year old palace has been host to King of England and is now a heritage hotel. It is spread over 9 acres of landscaped lawns and the palace has beautiful stone carvings and delicate filigree work. The hotel is very conveniently located just 25 kilometers from the Gwalior Airport (GWL) and is only 3 kilometers from railway station.
Guests can enjoy the warmth of any of the 40 rooms, villas and suites. There is a banquet hall that ha s a capacity of 20 to 90 guests including pre-function area and separate entrance. Modern amenities and equipments are all available here.