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.
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.
With 26 acres of landscaped gardens where peacocks display their plumage, and 76 guest rooms, including 40 raj-worthy suites the palace is purportedly one of the world’s largest residences. A 105-foot central cupola sheds a golden light that appears to waft through the long corridors.
The Location: The regal Rajasthani town of Udaipur is known as the “city of lakes”—and Udai Kothi sits right across from the most famous of them: glittering Lake Pichola, where the waters are rimmed by towering palaces, serene temples, and bathing ghats (stone stairs tha
Sandstone-hued splendor on Lake Pichola with a supervised kids' buffet and play zone during Sunday brunch. Guests of the 80-room property arrive by private launch. Suites are appointed with gilded, locally made furniture.
There's a nice restaurant on the roof where they have live music every night at six.
On the wild plains of Rajasthan— just an hour south of Jodhpur—the Mihir Garh is a palatial fortress hotel with an impressive stable of indigenous Marwari steeds. Take one on a maharajah-worthy journey through the desert or on a staff-guided picnic safari to a Bishnoi tribal village.
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