Much of India’s spectacular past is preserved in the impressively lavish architecture of its grand palaces. These elegant buildings were often homes for royal families and they dazzle with ornately carved designs, sweeping arched entrance ways, spacious and peaceful courtyards and gleaming tile work. Here are some truly stunning heritage palaces of India that have been transformed into modern-day luxury retreats.
Rawla Narlai, Rawla
In a small village in the Aravalli Hills between Udaipur and Jodhpur you will find the heritage resort of Rawla Narlai, nestled at the foot of an enormous granite rock. Long ago it was a hunting lodge for the Royal Family of Jodhpur and it is still owned by members of the same family.
The resort has been lovingly renovated into a chic boutique hotel, retaining the original style and character of the 16th century building. The resort offers many experiences for guests, including horse riding, a leopard safari, visits to cave temples and a guided walk through the local village.
Shahpura Bagh, Shahpura
Shahpura Bagh is an oasis in the golden sands of Rajasthan: a place of cool green wetland offering refuge from the hot and dry jungle. The Shahpura family are well known for their hospitality and they offer a unique homestay experience.
One of Rajasthan’s best luxury hotels, Shahpura Bagh offers you a chance to relax into an unhurried pace. Have picnics in the shade of the trees, go fishing on the lake, wander through the wetlands spotting birds, then spend the evening sharing good food and conversation. With the personalised service here, it feels more like being welcomed into a home rather than a hotel.
The stunning red sandstone 400 year old Fort Khejarla has a commanding presence in the Rajasthan Desert. It has all of the gorgeous elements of the past, including the detailed latticework friezes and the lavish decor. Yet, it also has been modernised with contemporary facilities – creating the perfect balance between historic charm and luxurious comfort.
The friendly staff are one of the highlights of Fort Khejarla, they will go out of their way to make sure that you feel at home.
Talabgaon Castle dates back 200 years and has been carefully restored from a fort to a lavish heritage resort. Each of the elegantly furnished rooms is decorated with marble, woodwork, rich fabrics and silk drapes in warm hues that match the Rajasthan desert.
The castle offers everything you need for relaxation. Savour breakfast and a hot masala chai tea on the rooftop terrace. Relax in the sunshine at the pool bar while reading a book from the castle library or gazing at the serene countryside scenery. The castle even hosts a polo tournament every year in April, with games held on the hotel’s polo grounds.
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