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Best Heritage Hotels in India

Posted on 18/09/14

Reverse your time machines and walk on the paths that showcase the astounding heritage of India. Experience a feeling of Déjà vu as you step into the enchanting havelis,timeless bazaars of the royals as Holidaymine introduces you to the best heritage hotels of the bygone era. The grandeur of these hotels will cast upon you a mesmerizing spell and drown you into a luxurious extravagance as you travel into a different time, a different world!

 

Rambagh Palace-Jaipur

Enter the pristine, white, marble lobby of the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur for an effusive welcome with a shower of petals and a garland of flowers. Life sized portraits of Jaipur Royals gaze down and the palace butlers stand at attention nearby, anticipating every need and ensuring that you are treated like a personal guest of the Maharaja.

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Request for the legendary Peacock suite, which overlooks the Mughal Terrace and the garden where the Maharaja used to celebrate "Holi”. Stage an evening of high romance in a private tent, illuminated only by torchlight. You can also indulge in a stately dining at the gilded Suvarna Mahal, formerly the palace ballroom. Enjoy a royal feast and lounging under a star-speckled sky. Play Polo like the kings, or at a more leisurely pace on elephant back. Wind up the day’s activities in the sophisticated charm of the legendary Polo Bar. Rambagh Palace allows guest to partake a wealth of experiences that resound with the memories, luxuries and extravagances of a bygone era that luckily has not entirely disappeared.

 

Rambagh Palace

 

Fort Jadhavgadh-Pune

Fort Jadhavgadh located in Pune, is a complete family destination promising fresh and exciting holiday experiences for all age groups. The wood work, the main darwaaza wearing an armor of spikes, the rock stair ways and the core area residential quarters are a sharp contrast from the 800 sq. ft. houses we are so used to today. Most definitely, it was people with grand status and even bigger hearts who resided in this warrior's den some 300 years ago.

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The rooms at Fort Jadhav Gadh offer distinguished elegance and comfort. The interiors of the residential rooms are a mix of old world charm set against the restored stoned walls, offering contemporary luxuries. A museum named ‘AAI’ comprises of every day household items from centuries. Some of the unique pieces in this museum include the world's biggest lock with seven keys without a key hole. Fort JadhavGadh encompasses every element of the guest's stay that creatively combine breathtaking venues, luxurious environs and the best of modern amenities with personalized and warm service delivered with genuine care.



Fort Jadhavgadh



 

 

Taj Falaknuma Palace-Hyderabad

Retrace the steps of Nizams, European royalty, beautiful Begums, distinguished Heads of State and walk like a King through the Palace in the sky. Two thousand feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace's 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored rooms allow you to journey into the clouds and into the glided ages, where grandeur and excess is celebrated and savored in equal measure.

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The former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace has been rightfully leased by the Royal Family of Hyderabad to the Taj Group of Hotels Resorts and Palaces with Royal Family members having personally supervised part of the Palace's refurbishment. It comprises of  billiards rooms, smoking rooms, pools, ballrooms, croquet lawns, private gardens and a dining room to seat 101 guests at the world's largest dining table. It also has a private petrol pump and royal garages filled with a fleet of vintage cars serve to be just some of the known pleasures and comforts of this sumptuous royal abode. With many secrets still hidden within the undulating folds of 32 acres of land, this royal palace urges you to make your own discoveries.

 

Taj Falaknuma Palace


 

 

Umaid Bhawan Palace-Jodhpur

Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world - set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden - yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco Style of that time. Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend of Eastern and Western architectural influences. Its majestic 105 - foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition.

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The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world's largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens. An imitable tribute to art deco, the Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites. Stroll through the private museum, test your skills on the marbled squash courts or enjoy a game of billiards in the paneled recreation room. Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car, accompanied by your royal butler. Stop beneath the starry night sky for a divine grilled feast accompanied by the music of the desert.



Umaid Bhawan Palace

 

 

 

Noor-Us-Sabah-Palace-Bhopal

A WelcomHeritage Hotel with all star facilities, the marvel "Noor Us Sabah" meaning "The Light of Dawn" was built in the 1920s' by H.H. Hamid Ullah Khan, for his eldest daughter Abida Sultan. Considered to be one of the best residential palace in the erstwhile Bhopal Estate, its white palatial building and architecture reflects the regal times and grandeur of a bygone era.

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To stay at the WelcomHeritage Noor-Us-Sabah Palace is to enjoy the ultimate in luxury, a selection of refinement and privacy for the discerning guest. With beautifully done interiors its bedrooms offer sheer luxury. Za-aiqa, its restaurant is a chance to "Relive the Nawabi Era", which brings out the best of famous Peshawari and Mughlai cuisine. The ambience is delicate and will give you a feel of fine dining. You can even watch your meal being prepared through the see-through live display kitchen, a visual treat not to be missed.

 

Noor us Sabah Palace


 

Khimsar Fort-Khimsar

Perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India, lies the unique 16th century Khimsar Fort that offers an exhilarating experience. Hundreds of years of history unfolds as you glance at its battle-scarred walls and stroll down its ramparts. You are not prepared for the beauty, the grandeur, the layout or the magnificence of The Khimsar Fort even as you approach it through sand dunes and narrow countryside roads.

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The Khimsar Fort has been awarded the 'NATIONAL GRAND HERITAGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE'. Reverse your time machine & walk back through history. Ramble along the pathways which lead to the turrets, ruins, stables, guns & cannons that transport you to a glorious past. Dine in the ancient ruins known as Fateh Mahal - named after Fateh Pir Baba, a great Sufi Saint. You will realize the beauty of being surrounded by acres of lush green gardens, as you sip tea on its magnificent terrace. Its lush gardens are a true rarity of any desert in the world!! Peacocks, parrots, pigeons and as many as forty-six varieties of birds greet you to add to the charm and splendor of this ancient fort.


Khimsar Fort

 

 

Usha Kiran Palace-Gwalior

The Usha Kiran Palace located in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh is a 120 year old heritage property that has played host to the King of England and is now a heritage hotel. Set amidst 9 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, this regal palace, rich in history, is outfitted with artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree work

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Immerse yourself in the luxurious rooms, suites and villas of the hotel. Large, airy and stylish, all guestrooms offer luxurious style and comfort. The Silver Saloon, its fine dining restaurant, takes inspiration from signature cuisine that was once the preserve of the Maratha and Nepal noble families. Here patrons get to experience the melodious tunes of the Gwalior Gharana and the hotel follows a trendy approach in service and hospitality.


 

Usha Kiran Palace


 

Jagmandir Island Palace-Udaipur

A Grand Heritage Palace of the HRH Group of Hotels, Jagmandir Island Palace is a historic 17th century palace redeveloped as a complete destination: with its all-day café, stylish-dining restaurant, bar and spa designed to uplift moods and spirits.

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Guests are ferried to Jagmandir Island Palace, the palace synonymous with a defining episode of history when the Mughal Prince Khurram sought refuge here in 1623. The Darikhana Restaurant, Picholi Bar and all-day café you can leisurely spend hours gazing across Lake Pichola and the City Palace complex. For history-lovers there’s Jagriti, a heritage museum onsite to give a fill on how Jagmandir Island Palace was built and developed over the centuries. Jagmandir Island Palace, with its special place in history, will now also secure a special place in your heart.

 

Jagmandir Island Palace


 

 

Shivavilas Palace-Sandur, Karnataka

The WelcomHeritage Shivavilas Palace is situated in a valley amidst picturesque location in Sandur, which was once upon a time an erstwhile Princely State. Built over a sprawling area of about 20 acres, the Palace has 2 floors of about 20,000 sq.ft, and houses 12 residential rooms which include two large Suites, a regular Suite and nine Deluxe Rooms.

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There is no doubt that guests at the Shivavilas Palace will feel like a royal during their luxurious stay at this Palace. The Dining Hall offers three four course set menu’s and also a variety of North Indian, South Indian, Continental & Special Local Cuisine. A number of very special dishes, short eats & desserts are available on special prior requests catering to the taste buds and whims & fancies of its special guests.


Shivavilas Palace Karnataka

 

 

 

Khirsara Palace-Rajkot

The majestic Khirasara Palace situated 120km from the bustling city of Rajkot has witnessed the rich heritage and culture of the glorious past of Kathiawar, and has borne the brunt of centuries of history, now stands in its fullest splendour and glory, in the resplendent present. The property is strategically located atop a hill, providing a 360 degree view of the breath taking ambience at different times of the day.

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The Khirsara Palace is surrounded by the rich heritage, history & royal comfort within this grand monumental property spread over 7 acres. The palace which is rich in Kathiawar culture, traditions and has witnessed history of 450 years of royalty and Luxury has been resorted in such a way that it represents the glory and grandeur of its magnificent past yet offering all modern day amenities and services to the guest. The ‘Wind N Waves’, ‘Sheesh Mahal’, ‘Deep Mahal’ and ‘Jal Vihaar’ are some of the luxury theme based restaurants in this enchanting palace. 

 

Khirasara Palace

 

 

Woodville Palace-Shimla

The Welcome Heritage Woodville Palace is nestled on a sprawling estate and has a history dating to 1865 when Sir William Mansfield, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Army, became the first resident of this charming estate. The palace was reconstructed in 1938 by Rana of Jubbal, who brought in hundreds of expert artisans from far and wide to ensure the highest quality of craftsmanship. Raj Kumar Uday Singh of Jubbal, his grandson, opened the palace as a heritage hotel in 1977.

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Woodville Palace is located in four acres of greenery; the Palace is one of the finest places to stay in Shimla. A special attraction of the palace is “The Hollywood Bar 1930s” which has a galaxy of signed photographs of film stars like Clark Gable, Laurel and Hardy, Katherine Hepburn etc. Furthermore, it has a Tiger Lounge with a collection of photographs signed by Indian and European royalty. 

 

Woodville Palace Shimla    

 

Siolim House-Goa

Casa Palacio Siolim House is a 350 year old Heritage Hotel in Goa, built in 1675. It is a Palacio that dates from the earliest times of the Portuguese occupation of Goa, beautifully restored as a home which, now doubles as a private seven room heritage boutique hotel in Goa.

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Surprisingly hidden from view behind a tall row of Ashoka trees, the house understates its stature as one of Goa's most unique and oldest manor houses. Siolim House has seven suites, including one with 2 rooms, all with ensuite facilities. The hotel is very much run like a home and therefore their services are very personalized.

 

Siolim House Goa