Heritage Hotels in India: Luxury Redefined

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur Heritage Hotels in India: Luxury Redefined by stolen maps

Many palaces and historical buildings are turned into luxury hotels for better care of the buildings. Heritage hotels in India definitely redefine luxury. Here’s a list of best Heritage Hotels in India—

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Formerly Jag Niwas Palace, The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is one of the best heritage hotels in India. The Lake Palace on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola (Udaipur), built in 1746 under the directions of the Maharana Jagat Singh II as a winter palace, was taken over by The Taj Group of hotels in 1971.

lily pond at Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Lily pond at Taj Lake Palace Udaipur ©source

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Being one of the largest residency of royal families in the world, Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur is synonymous to luxury wrapped in heritage and Indian tradition. The palace is managed by Taj Group of Hotels since 1972. Foundation stone laid in 1929 in order to provide employment to the famine-stricken farmers of Jodhpur, it took 14 years to complete the construction in the year 1943. The Umaid Bhavan Palace perfectly blends western technology with Indian Architecture. Adorned with commendable art deco, housing a squash court and paneled recreation room, vintage car drive and the open-air grilled feast makes this hotel one of a kind.

candle light dinner at heritage hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
Candle-light dinner at heritage hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur ©source



Niraamaya Retreats, Kavalam

Sanskrit word Niraamaya means disease-free or free from illness. The Niraamaya Retreat heritage hotel claims to make you forget the outside world. Located in Kavalam (in Kerala); the hotel’s architecture, design and décor depict ‘Kerala-style’.

relaxing ambiance of Niraamaya Retreat Kerala
Relaxing ambiance of Niraamaya Retreat Kerala ©source

The Chapslee, Shimla

Chapslee is one of the oldest estates in Shimla (built in 1833). Chapslee, the erstwhile summer home of the late Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala (Punjab) is now a boutique hotel opened for guests in 1976. The baroque furniture, Mughal ceramics, Afghan carpets and Gobelin tapestries adorn the hotel’s charm and ambiance. Staying in Chapslee will definitely make your trip to Shimla an unforgettable experience.

interior view of Chapslee Shimla one of the best heritage hotels in India
Interior view of Chapslee Shimla, one of the best Heritage Hotels in India ©source

Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata

Lalit Great Eastern heritage hotel in Kolkata is one of the most famous heritage hotels in India. With its modern architecture, touch of Indian decor and aesthetically designed rooms; the hotel’s world class services and hospitality will leave you with an unforgettable experience.

evening view of the Lalit Grand Kolkata
Evening view of The Lalit Grand, Kolkata ©source



The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi

Chosen for India’s best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by World Luxury Hotels Awards 2015, The Imperial is an iconic property in Delhi’s 5 star hotels category and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital, reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj. Claiming various national and international awards, The Imperial Hotel stands tall in the capital of India flaunting its own splendor.

hallway interior of The Imperial Hotel Delhi
Hallway/Interior of The Imperial Hotel, Delhi ©source

Other popular Heritage Hotels Across India:

  • Rawla Narlai, Pali District
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Gateway Hotel, Jaisalmer
  • The Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi
  • Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
  • The Bagh, Bharatpur
  • Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore
  • Devigarh Resorts, Udaipur
  • Raj Palace, Jaipur
  • Shiv Vilas Palace, Jaipur
  • Kumarakom Lake Resorts, Kerala
  • Laxmi Vilas Palace, Udaipur
  • Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
  • Balsamand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
  • Hotel Raas, Jodhpur
  • Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur

A few top-notch Luxury and Heritage Hotels in India:

Taj Group:

  • The Taj Mahal, Dehli
  • Taj Exotica, Goa
  • Taj West End, Bangalore
  • The Taj Bengal, Kolkota
  • Taj Krishna, Hyderabad

Oberoi Group:

  • Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
  • The Oberoi, Delhi
  • Oberoi, Mumbai
  • Wild Flower Hall, Shimla
  • The Oberoi, Kolkata
  • Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

Leela Group:

  • The Leela Palace, Udaipur
  • The Leela Kempinski, Mumbai
  • Leela, Kovalam
  • The Leela palace Kempinski, Bangalore
  • The Leela, Goa
  • Leela Kempinski, Delhi



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Comments (2)

Super detailed list, great post! If I ever come into a lot of money maybe I can reference back to stay at one of these! Especially the Taj Lake Palace, looks pretty decent and almost big enough for me and all my dogs hahhaa 🙂

Exactly my thoughts! Taj Lake Palace is built in the middle of a lake, looks elegant at sunset. Loved it!
I wanted to visit Umaid Bhawan Palace when I was in Jodhpur, but I had to choose b/w the palace and Desert safari. And yeah, unlike Taj Palace, dogs are allowed there.

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