An experience of majesty India's hotels

| May 27, 2011

There are few places in the world where you can truly step back in time and experience the majesty of days gone by as you can in India’s palace, fortress and haveli hotels. Here our India team highlight a few of their favourites.

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Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, set amidst 11 hectaresof lush gardens, is undoubtedly one of India's greatest palaces and one of the largest private residences in the world. A stay here overlooking the blue city of Jodhpur will provide an unforgettably sumptuous experience, yet, despite its extraordinary extravagence, what is perhaps most impressive about this sandstone and marble palace is the way in which it came into being. In 1928, Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur (who still lives with his family in a section of the palace), commissioned the building in order to provide jobs for thousands of people during a particularly bad drought.

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
The recently restored Taj Falaknuma, or ‘Mirror of the Sky’, is a palace of wonderfully regal proportions. Built entirely from marble in the shape of a scorpion, Falaknuma sits enchantedly in 13 hectares of its own beautifully cultivated gardens. Guests can choose from 60 palatial rooms and suites, the detail and luxury of each all equally as impressive. The restoration has taken 10 years, but the waiting has proved worthwhile – this palace has now been restored and reinstated back to its former magnificent glory.

Devi Garh, near Udaipur
This glorious 18th-century hilltop fort-palace has been lovingly and generously restored into a luxurious hotel. Magnificent views over the Rajasthani countryside and Aravalli hills can be enjoyed from many of the 23 suites. Decor is simple and elegant, with a combination of contemporary style fused with traditional themes. The ample sized rooms, perfectly landscaped gardens, swimming pool and range of activities around the palace of Devi Garh will ensure a relaxing and indulgent stay.

Samode Haveli, Jaipur
Samode Haveli is enviably situated within the city walls of Jaipur. Built as the urban townhouse for the Samode royal family, it is a serene oasis in the heart of this bustling city. The 39 rooms and suites are flawless in their depiction of Indian splendour. Guests dine in grandeur, surrounded by hand-painted walls and enjoy an afternoon tea overlooking the stunning grounds.

Deogarh Mahal, near Udaipur
Step through the formidable gateway of this exquisite family-owned property overlooking the delightful village of Deogarh in the Aravalli Hills and you will find yourself in a haven of calm. The 60 rooms and suites are individually decorated with stained glass, sumptuously colourful fabrics and striking antiques.

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