You think of Rajasthan and it invokes up images of magnificent palaces and splendid forts, beautiful queens and brave Rajput warriors. These days most of the palace have been modified into lavish hotels with the latest décor that is remarkably amazing. The mix of contemporary and traditional culture allows tourists to see and enjoy the splendour of living in one of them. Become a Maharaja and enjoy the luxuries fit for a king. Here is a list of top 5 palace which are the last word in luxury.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
When it comes to forts and palaces in Rajasthan, the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is one of the biggest and the most visited one. The 347 room palace is one of the most preferred location for the weddings. It has a gallery portraying the most exotic collection of automobiles owned by the royal family. The lavish interiors, elegant artwork, gilt furniture and exotic murals are brain work of Polish artist Stefan Norblin. This luxurious palace is easily approachable from Jodhpur Domestic Airport and from Jodhpur Railway station both within 6 km of radius. The palace experience also involves being looked after by direct descendants of the palace residents. Vintage cars can be taken on rent for local sightseeing. Visit palace museum, enjoy squash and billiards for more recreation. A grilled feast under a twinkling night desert along with the local musical performance is also arranged by the palace.
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Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
The ‘Jewel of Jaipur’, Rambagh Palace lies 3.5 km from the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar. After Independence, the palace was taken over by the Indian Government and in 1957 decision of turning it into a hotel was taken. Run by the Taj Group of Hotels, Rambagh Palace is one of the most luxurious and the best hotels in the world. Because of its amazing structure and intricate designing, the palace is famous amongst tourists who wish to experience its luxury and opulence. The magnificent 79 accommodations with regal furniture, modern facilities are finely differentiated into Historical suites, Grand Royal Suites, Luxury and Palace rooms, and Grand Presidential Suites. A relaxing massage can be enjoyed at Jiva Grand Spa. Guests can exercise at the gym or practice yoga under the guidance of experienced yoga gurus.
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Sariska Palace, Alwar
The Sariska Palace located in Alwar is much admired for its architectural grandeur and natural surroundings. Built by the king of Alwar, the palace is a perfect blend of Indian and French palace architecture. Snuggled amidst the fascinating Aravalli Ranges, the Sariska Palace is spread across 100 acres. Offering top- notch services to its customers, the palace has more than 80 royal rooms. Royal Chambers Superior Suite, Maharaja Jai Singh Superior Suite, Royal Chambers Deluxe, Maharaja Jai Singh Suite etc are some of the major categories of rooms. Apart from the kingly accommodation, variety of other facilities include a tennis court, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, fitness and spa centres. You can experience a royal stay and admire the unique collection of old photos, antiques and paintings beautifying each and every corner of the palace. Tourists are free to visit and explore Sariska Palace.
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Samode Palace, Jaipur
Located in the Pink City, Jaipur, the 475- year old Samode Palace is a perfect example of royal Indo-Saracenic architecture. Known for its signature service and modern luxury, the palace is embellished with painted ceilings and walls, attractive arches and stunning mirror work. Each and every room is a combo of traditional richness and modern luxury. Possessing 39 rooms with beautiful décor, all rooms are accompanied with sparkling bathrooms, fans, LED’s, hot water, A/C, hairdryer and complimentary mineral water. The hotel’s spa offers Ayurvedic massages, fitness centre and steam room for rejuvenation. The Jacuzzi is a luxury to relax after a tiring day from visiting the city. Puppet shows, music performances and folk dance are also organised by Samode Palace to entertain its guests and bring them closer to the Rajasthani traditions. The flawless hospitality and service make you return to this amazing palace each time you visit the beautiful city of Jaipur.
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Lake Palace, Udaipur
The Lake Palace was built in 1743-1746 during the rule of Maharaja Jagat Singh II. Located on Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola, Udaipur Lake Palace consists of 83 suites and rooms. Voted as one of the most romantic palace in the country, the stay in this luxurious hotel includes candlelight dinner, vintage car drive, and ride across the Pichola Lake. Due to its beautiful location, many films used this palace as their shooting location. This 5- star lake palace provides world class amenities with perfect hospitality to its guests. The beauty of the palace cannot be expressed in words. A glimpse of this palace will simply enthral you by its charm. So, pack your bags to visit this superb romantic palace in the world.
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If you are planning to visit Rajasthan, visit these places for a perfect holiday.