Rajasthan

Hotels in Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, travelers can spend the day exploring medieval markets and ancient villages, before retreating to Rajasthan hotels known for their modern, luxury accommodations. Modern palaces and fortresses are popular retreats, and many have housed maharajas and maharanas. Historical artifacts, stately furnishings, and carved marble interiors give every visitor to Rajasthan the royal treatment.

Our favorite hotels in Rajasthan include these restored palaces that have since been converted into sumptuous hotels, like The Rambagh Palace. Here, you can book a spa suite patterned after a Mughal encampment. Tourists also love the Raj Palace, known for its opulent, over-the-top décor, as well as the Umaid Bhawan Palace, appointed with personal objects of the former royal family.

One of the best hotels in Rajasthan is the Bal Samand Lake Palace, know for its top notch luxury, though the Taj Lake Palace, floating on a private island in Udaipur, is worth visiting even if you don’t book a room. At the Devi Garh Palace, history buffs will marvel at the perfectly preserved interiors.

Of course, these are only a handful of hotels in Rajasthan worth the flight alone. For those who prefer resort-style accommodations, check out The Tree of Life Resort & Spa, the Chokhi Dhani Resort, the A Justa Resort, the Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa, or the The Shiv Vilas Resort.

Madonna’s visit in 2007 helped cement Rajasthan’s place on the global style scene, but the new Serai Jaisalmer has just increased the vogue factor.

Picture your arrival: you're met at the airport by a car and driver, guided onto a private boat, then ferried across Lake Pichola—past Udaipur's domed lakefront palaces—into the gardens and fountains of the Udaivilas estate. You're led to your suite, tempered with earth tones.

The alleyways of Jodhpur’s ancient walled city are too narrow for cars. But guests at the Raas need not fret: a vintage-style tuk-tuk awaits to take you through ancient streets and bustling bazaars to the hotel’s grand stone archway.

Situated in a Rajasthan oasis, the secluded Amanbagh is an attempt to re-create a maharajah’s palace. Some of the 24 Haveli Rooms come with private balconies; all have courtyards shaded by centuries-old mango trees.

Set in a sleepy hillside village in Rajasthan’s Aravalli Range, Samode Palace is a perfect example of Rajput-Moghul architecture, with filigree-edged archways, a succession of courtyards, and frescoed walls.

Modern Rajasthani retreat made up of well-appointed tents and villas and an Oberoi spa. The new restaurant Rajmahal uses herbs and vegetables from the on-site garden.

Channel a modern-day maharajah in one of 40 futuristic tented cubes at this cutting-edge Rajasthani compound. Each canvas-walled structure comes with wrought-iron lanterns, an oversize four-poster bed, and an open-air pavilion, with the awe-inspiring Amber Fort as backdrop.

263-year-old white marble palace that rises from a rock foundation on its own island in Lake Pichola. 

Deep within a sprawling fourth-century fort near Jodhpur, 10 mansions that once belonged to a maharajah’s wives have been restored to create one of the region’s most stylish new retreats.

Tipping the indulgence scale, Taj Hotels’ Rambagh Palace, in Jaipur, has two spa suite tents patterned after a 16th-century Mughal encampment. When India’s royalty went camping, their tasseled tents were made of velvet and embroidered silk.

The four-bedroom island villa is set within a moat and accessible by bridge. A sweeping terrace and turreted balconies punctuate the exterior, while the interiors are fit for a maharajah and queen: Indian rosewood beds, red-and-gold quilts, copper washbasins.

25 luxe jungle tents outfitted with four-poster beds, freestanding bathtubs, and teak floors, on 20 acres next to Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger Reserve.

Located midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, the once the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura, is now a small boutique hotel still owned by the same family. The hotel is situated in a verdant wetland, and has incredible bird-watching opportunities.