The Grand Royal Begam Suite at the Taj Falaknuma, image courtesy: Taj Hotels
Vacationing at a heritage palace hotel is synonymous with the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace, the island hotel in Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. But there are more royal options across India to pick from.
So with the opening of the Taj Falaknuma Palace, Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan’s royal residence in Hyderabad, we list some very luxurious former royal residences that you can stay at:
1) Taj Falaknuma Palace
After a full restoration of the royal residence of Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan, which was built in 1884, the Falaknuma Palace re-opened its doors on November 8. The Falaknuma Palace, meaning ‘mirror of the sky’, offers 60 exquisite state-of-the-art rooms – all suites come with a butler service.The two most exclusive suites at the Taj Falaknuma are the Grand Royal Suite that has a view of the 32 acre landscaped ground, and the Grand Presidential Suite that has its own pool and exclusive access to the Jiva Grand Spa. Prices of the suites start from Rs 1,40,000 per night.
2) Raj Palace Hotel
Image courtesy: The Raj Palace
This hotel is a 300-year-old Rajput palace that’s taken on the setting of a luxurious romantic era. The Raj Palace Hotel is named after last crowned Thakur Sahib of Chaumoo Thakur Devi Singhji’s son, Raj Singhji.
If you’re staying here, then there’s one suite you might want to check into - the Darbar Mahal Suite, which has been voted the ‘Asia's Leading Suite’ from 2008 to this year by prestigious World Travel Awards programme. A highlight of the Darbar Mahal Suite is a private museum that displays thrones of earlier kings.
The suite is decorated with gold and silver furniture, has gilded walls and mirror work. A night in the suite will cost you Rs 2,30,000.
3) Laxmi Niwas Palace
Image courtesy: The Laxmi Niwas Palace
The Laxmi Niwas Palace Hotel was built at the wishes of Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the Rajput and Mughal style in 1887. It is an architectural marvel with its colonnaded corridors, lattice work in stone, canopied balconies, marble courtyards and intricately detailed halls.
The palace has been visited by the King of Greece, King George V and Queen Mary of England and King Edward VIII. Rooms are decorated lavishly using gold wall paintings and have painted or carved wood ceilings. One of the most exclusive suites to stay in is the Royal Suite, priced at a reasonable Rs 25,000 per night.
4) Fernhills Palace
Image courtesy: Fernhills Palace
The Fernhills Palace is a 13th century shrine that belonged to the South India’s Wadiyar Dynasty. Situated about 6000 feet above sea level, this luxurious palace hotel has 19 suites, all with Jacuzzi-fitted bathrooms and overlooking a private garden. Check into the luxurious Maharaja suite that has a breathtaking view of Ooty. Price: Rs 30,000 per night.
5) Deogarh Mahal
Image courtesy: Deogarh Mahal
Where: District Rajsamand, Rajasthan
This palace belonged to the Rawats (rajas) of Deogarh. With each room a veritable canvas for the Deogarh School of Art, this palace hotel is filled with miniature paintings of the lifestyles of past rules. At the heart of the palace is Room 206, where Rawat Anop Singh's adoptive father, Kishan Singhji lived as a follower of Lord Krishna, therefore the room is filled with various paintings of him. Opt for the Maharana Suites, priced at Rs 25,000 per night, which are richly decorated with paintings, and wood carvings and mirror work.
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