Rajasthan, the king’s land, truly reflects the royal culture and heritage of a bygone era. The timeless beauty of the forts and palaces, appeal of the Golden Thar Desert and the warm hospitality of its people entices millions of tourists round the year.
The different hotels of Rajasthan imbibe this very spirit and give you an essence of the lively culture, elegant past and rich heritage. Whether luxury hotels, desert safaris, tent stays or camping, the desert capital of India has its own charm and grandeurs.
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1. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
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Umaid Bhawan Palace was named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, under whose supervision this palace was constructed. This palace was built in 1929 with the intention of providing employment to the thousands of inhabitants of this region who had suffered famine. Since then this palace has served as the home to the royal family.
Due to its location at the Chittar Hill, which is the highest point in Jodhpur, this palace was originally known as the Chittar Palace. This palace owing to its magnanimous structure and spacious interiors is known for being one of the world’s largest private residences.
In current times the palace is divided into three parts: a Heritage Taj Palace Hotel, the Residence of the Royal Family presently headed by Maharaja of Jodhpur Gaj Singh, and a Museum.
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The decision to convert a part of this palace into a hotel was taken in 1972 in order to raise funds for maintaining the very costly upkeep of the palace. The museum on the other hand displays the belongings of the royal family along with its 20th century history. There is also a special gallery in the palace, which showcases the most exotic collection of automobiles owned by the Jodhpur Royal Family.
2. Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
The Bal Samand Lake Palace is located on the shore of the Bal Samand Lake situated around 5 kilometres from Jodhpur. This lake was constructed by Balak Rao Parihar in 1159 AD to serves as a water reservoir for supplying water to Mandore. The Bal Samand Lake Palace was built as a summer palace being surrounded by the lake on one side and lush green garden on the other.
Due to its strategic location and great surroundings, the atmosphere here remained quite pleasant even during the scorching heat of the summers of this region. This place was beautifully constructed out of red sandstone, employing the traditional ornate Rajput style of architecture.
Now this amazing palace has been converted into a heritage hotel fitted with all kinds of modern amenities that add charm to the overall warmth and luxuriousness of this palace thereby making it an important destination to be included in the Rajasthan Luxury Packages.
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3. Ajit Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
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When it comes to heritage hotels of Rajasthan, the first and the foremost name that flashes in mind is that of the Ajit Bhawan Palace, which marked the beginning of the trend of Heritage Hotels’ concept in India. This palace is elegantly set in the serene desert of Rajasthan and offers an oasis of warmth and hospitality to all its guests.
This palace was built for Maharaja Sir Ajit Singh, the younger brother of Maharaja Umaid Singh. Since then this palace served as an exclusive residence to the members of the royal family up until years later when Maharaja Sir Ajit Singh’s son Late Maharaja Swaroop Singh and his wife Rani Usha decided to convert it into a heritage hotel in order to let the tourists visit this place and experience the true taste of royal luxury, which cannot at all be missed while considering the various Rajasthan Luxury Tours.
4. Sardar Samand Palace, Pali
Sardar Samand Palace is a beautiful Art Deco hunting lodge near Pail (approximately 80 kilometres from Jodhpur), which was initially built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933 on the banks of the beautiful Sardar Samand Lake. In present times this amazing palace serves as an elegant heritage hotel that consists of 19 fully air conditioned well furnished rooms offering traditional decor and royal ambiance to all its guests.
The beautiful view of the acres of lush greenery along with that of the picturesque lake in its foreground is simply mesmerizing. The palace has its own oriental garden, boat house, swimming pool, tennis and squash court. A vast collection of African trophies along with original water colours by Snaffles are housed in this amazing palace.
Owing to the opulence of the palace along with the beauty of its surroundings, Sardar Samand Palace still remains as the favourite retreat of the Royal Family.
5. Bijay Nivas Palace, Ajmer
The Bijay Nivas Palace was built around a century ago by Rao Bijay Singh as a getaway retreat almost around the same time he founded the town of Bijaynagar. Presently this palace serves as a romantic and charming heritage hotel being owned and run by Dushyant Singh.
This hotel offers personalised services to its guests and let them enjoy and relax in its pleasant atmosphere. Spending time here makes you feel as if you have trespassed into history and living in the time of fables and legends. Taking a stroll inside this palace is like looking at a virtual art gallery that has been maintained and taken care of for ages.
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So whether you are cherishing the delectable food served here or taking a lazy dip in the pool, this palace will give you the feel of experiencing luxury in its truest form. The warm welcome, impeccable hospitality and great locations makes your stay here at this palace unforgettable.
6. Devi Garh Palace, Udaipur
Offering one of the best services in Rajasthan Luxury Tours, this palace is all about refreshing and rejuvenating oneself. Housed in the 18th century palace of Devi Garh, this hotel and resort is known for its luxurious indulgence options. Known as one of the leading luxury hotels in the country, this resort has also received accolades from The New York Times.
The restored palace features spa and other opulent indulgent options for those who seek to invigorate their bodies and achieve a state of de-stress. The palace, which has also been known for its extensive gardens, Ayurveda retreats and minimalistic interior spaces, has been in the media for all good reasons.
In fact, actors and actresses from all over the world, including Elizabeth Hurley, Saif Ali Khan and Amitabh Bachchan among others have stayed here.
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7. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas is one of those destinations that offer a lot to travellers. This luxury hotel from The Oberoi group is located close to the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur and serves luxury in the lap of nature. The Palace, which showcases the rich heritage of Rajasthan, is popular for its reflection pools, beautiful fountains and exceptionally tended gardens.
The architecture is representative of the Royal Rajput period and therefore takes one back to the bygone era. Boat Ride is a ceremonial procedure here and the fine international cuisine offered by the palace is a must-have for everyone.
What gives edge to this palace hotel is its luxurious spa and swimming pool, where a variety of rejuvenating treatments is offered to travellers from all over the world.
People can choose to take private Yoga classes or swim and opt for therapies for invigorating their mind, body and spirit. Overall, the royal spirit gives this place an edge over others.
8. The Shiv Vilas Resort, Jaipur
Unlike several palaces in Rajasthan which have been converted into heritage hotels now, the Shiv Vilas Resort is one of those rare resorts that has itself been constructed as a palace. The architectural beauty and the grandeur of this resort is no less than that of any of the heritage hotels of this region.
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This resort thrives on the idea of offering its guests an environment of leisure and luxury that is simply breathtaking. The resort’s beautiful landscaping along with its magnificent architecture coupled with excellent services make it one of the most eminent places to stay in while one is planning to choose from an array of Rajasthan Luxury Tours.
The royal ambience of the resort along with its intricate architectural craftsmanship makes it a place of global attraction, as people from all across the world come here to experience the kind of charm offered by it. Moreover the easy-to-approach location of this resort adds one more advantage to its sprawling business.
9. Mihir Garh, Jodhpur
Once a dream and now a reality, Mihir Garh is one of the recently built luxury hotels in Rajasthan. Constructed in 2009, it is located 55kms of Jodhpur and is among the most exclusive places to stay in world. While its location makes it an imperial destination of stay, its world class amenities amidst the charm of a rustic world is a testimony to the royalty of Rajasthan.
Also known as the fort of the sun, Mihir Garh seems to have emerged from the timeless sands of the Thar Desert. Crafted by expert architects, it offers 1,700 sq. feet of riveting space with perfectly detailed infrastructure and other modern amenities. Mud walls, Jacuzzis, horse riding camps, village safari, royal picnics and culinary workshops are some of the auspicious offerings by MihirGarh.
10. Nahargarh, Ranthambore
Located at the foothills of Aravali Ranges and at the close proximity to the Ranthambore National Park, Nahargarh is one of the classiest hotels in Rajasthan. The scenic beauty of the Aravali and the wilderness of Ranthambore adds to the beckoning appeal of the hotel.
Blended with immortal blend of Mughal and Rajputana architecture, this magnificent palace was built in the 16th century. Once a popular hunting palace of the mighty rulers of Rajasthan, it now houses 68 finely crafted luxurious rooms with comfy amenities and facilities.
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11. The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai Madhopur
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai Madhopur is one of those hotels that thrive on providing opulent services to its guests. This luxury resort is the most famous of all the resorts in this region, which even makes it a must-experience spot while planning your Luxury Rajasthan Tour.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai Madhopur is located on the periphery of the Ranthambore National Park and it serves as an immaculate destination resort for all those tourists who come here for exploring the territory of majestic tigers. Its picturesque location along with private decks, canopies, luxurious rooms, and private gardens gives an urban contrast to the ruggedness of the Ranthambore jungle.
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The resort organises jungle safaris twice daily for their guests along with other add-on facilities such as currency exchange, dry cleaning, baby sitting, spa, yoga, fitness tents, Wi-Fi, etc. Staying in this resort is like enjoying the natural beauty of Ranthambore along with indulging in the luxury provided by the resort.
12. Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur
If you are looking for a perfect blend of relaxation coupled with style, then this beautiful resort nestled amidst the undulating Aravalli Hills can turn out to be a perfect getaway. Tree of Life Resort & Spa is built across 7 acres of land and consists of 14 luxury villas, each of which has been named after a tree.
The construction of the resort has been done by extensively using sandstone and lime, which reflects the traditional form of Rajasthan’s long architectural history. While the outer part of the resort resembles that of some heritage palaces, the interiors give quite a modern touch to its overall appearance.
All the villas here come with a private lawn and some even with a private pool. The idea behind such a construction is to offer utmost privacy set amidst the tranquillity of the surroundings and the opulence of the resort. Some of the other facilities offered by the resort are library, bar/lounge, spa, and gym.
13. Amanbagh Resort, Ajabgarh
Amanbagh Resort is located in the oasis of verdant greenery and is set on the sandy plains interspersed with craggy hills of the Alwar region of Rajasthan. The name of this resort stands for the ‘Garden of Peace’ and in the truest sense, the calmness and vibrancy of this place justifies its name.
The walled compound of this resort was once used as a hunting site by the Maharaja of Alwar. This site was long abandoned by the royal family, which led to the dense vegetation that continued to thrive with the help of the underground source of water. The vegetation plays an important part in creating the beautiful surrounding of this resort which has been built here.
The Arambagh Resort is more like a modern day Mughal Palace loaded with all modern facilities required for day to day use. This resort serves as a contemporary sanctuary paying homage to one of the ancient on-going traditions of the country, the Rajasthani culture. Simply stating, this resort is like a small locality in itself consisting of modern library, boutique, swimming pool, spa, and multi-cuisine dining.
14. The Tree House Resort, Jaipur
The Tree House Resort is a very unique concept that draws its inspiration from none other than Mother Nature. The architecture and overall interiors of the resort have been done with so much care and elegance that one could actually feel in unison with nature. The rooms here are referred to as the nests, which are a perfect blend of modern comforts and luxuries that one would expect from a five-star resort.
The best feature of this resort is that all its rooms are built at the top of keekar trees along with several live branches running through the rooms. The entire concept of merging luxury with the omnipresence of nature makes this resort one of the most liked parts of the several Rajasthan Luxury Tours available.
All these rooms or the so-called nests are divided into 3 categories i.e. Deluxe, Luxury and Private Suites, which again range from 1 room, 2 rooms, 4 rooms and 5 rooms tree houses with the last one being the world’s largest tree house.
15. Chokhi Dhani Village Resort, Jaipur
Chokhi Dhani, a five-star village resort has been designed to serve as a heritage village, providing insights into the culture, lives, arts and traditions of Rajasthan. Known as one of the most authentic artisan villages in the world, Chokhi Dhani has 59 cottages and suites, halls and ethnic multi-cuisine restaurants for travellers.
The place also features a spa and offers rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit. Chokhi Dhani village has an altogether different theme everyday and offers a variety of options to travellers who like to explore the essence of India.
The village has a festive mood each day, provides better employment opportunities to villagers and brings together a sneak peek of the traditional Indian villages and their distinct culture, vibrancy and colours.
16. Ananta Spa & Resort, Pushkar
Popular for its Mudra, the spa, Ananta Spa and Resort is one of the best resorts that one can opt for during their Rajasthan Luxury Tours. Offering deluxe and superior deluxe rooms, the hotel provides aesthetically appealing rooms, tranquil atmosphere and rejuvenating spa, each one of it offering unforgettable moments.
The rooms have been designed in a spacious manner and come with facilities such as coffee maker and mini bar, electronic safe, mineral bottle, Wi-Fi connectivity, walk-in wardrobe and showers or bathtubs.
The rooms also feature patio and balcony, providing a breathtaking view of the Aravalli range. Mudra, the spa offers oriental and Indian massages, of which, Herbal Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Balinese are the most popular ones.
Each one of these is known for improving circulation in the body, increasing flexibility and easing the tension from the body. These massages relax a body, calm spirit and release muscle toxins, thereby restoring vitality.
17. Pugmark Resort, Ranthambore
Offering the most luxurious and comfortable stay amidst the enchanting wilderness of the Ranthamobore National Park, the Pugmark Resort spreads over 10 acres of vibrant landscapes.
An ideal resort to delve into the captivating beauty of Rajasthan and its wildlife, this resort offers 33 premium luxury cottages that are well equipped with all the modern amenities. Swimming pool, spa and massage centre, souvenir shop, well stuffed bar and conference halls are some of the facilities that cannot be missed while at this resort.
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18. The Serai, Jaisalmer
The Serai is one of the most luxurious accommodation places in Rajasthan. Located in the city of Jaisalmer, this accommodation is a spectacular getaway for friends, families and newly-weds. The place is a private estate in the desert scrubs and has an enchanting blend of modern amenities with royal caravan site styles.
The Serai organises luxury camps, which offer convenience and the taste of adventure to people. With comfortable beds, swimming pools, jacuzzi and spa, this place allows travellers to indulge in opulence. Food here has the finesse of Rajasthan cuisine while capturing the best of cuisines from all over the world.
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The Serai also organises excursions. Its spa is highly acclaimed and has been created with Raison d’être, which is a renowned spa company. The spa provides a sense of overall well-being and focuses on relaxing massages and cleansing scrubs, thereby offering complete rejuvenation of mind, body and soul.
19. Chhatra Sagar, Pali
One of the important part of Rajasthan Luxury tours is staying in tents. It is well known that luxury tents have been a pivotal part of Rajput lifestyle. Kings and queens around Rajasthan were known for staying in luxury tents while they were outside their palaces. Therefore, the luxury tents designed by Chhatra Sagar offer the same kind of opulence.
These tents are hospitable and offer themselves as mobile, mini palaces, ensuring that the traditions are amalgamated with modern amenities. Chhatra Sagar also offers a wide range of activities and services, the most popular ones being bird watching and village visits.
While bird watching activities are a hit with travellers who are enthusiastic about nature, flora and fauna, the activities such as farm and village visits are known for casting indelible imprints on their mind by giving them a taste of Indian culture, cuisine and traditions.
20. Sherbagh, Ranthambore
A luxury tented camp that is located close to nature, Sherbagh is known for its opulence and its neighbouring place of interest – Ranthambore National Park. Each tent here has been hand stitched and the overall design of these tents overwhelm one with the 1920’s styles.
The camp has campaign styled furniture along with Edwardian furniture as it was initially built for King Edward VIII on his tour of India. The place features endless range of facilities and services, including dining halls, medical services, internet connection, fax, campfire and even a library that serves as a retreat for travellers.
The cuisine here blends the best of indigenous cooking styles along with Western foods to tickle the taste buds and palates of travellers from all over the world. Moreover, the products used here are home grown and the place features a lovely vegetable garden.
21. The Manvar Camp, Jodhpur
When it comes to Rajasthan Luxury Packages, the Manvar Camp is a place that offers one of the best packages for travellers. This camp has luxurious tents and a resort to provide memorable experiences to visitors. Luxury camps here can fill anyone with nostalgia because of their old time feel.
But all modern facilities and services are provided in these camps, which feature luxurious lifestyle like that of the royals in Rajasthan. The tents here are placed carefully so that the travellers can enjoy the landscape without feeling overwhelmed by the deserts of Rajasthan.
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Windows for light and insect netting makes it convenient and safer to stay in these camps. The dining tent here is located strategically so that vacationers can enjoy the taste of delectable Indian delights. Indian camp fire torches complement a camp fire and enthrall visitors with local musicians and dancers. The camp also organises several excursions all over the year for travellers.
22. Palace on Wheels
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The phrase ‘Palace on Wheels’ aptly describe this Rajasthan luxury tours. The luxury train is known for offering a wide range of options to its guests, allowing them to explore different facets of the Indian State of Rajasthan.
The train, which was launched in 1982, highlights the lives and times of Rajasthan and presents the cultural ethos of the state, representing the same through different forms and art styles, including paintings, handicraft, furniture and architecture style. The train, which is referred to as a ‘week in wonderland’ is often praised for its décor, itinerary and cuisine.
Acclaimed as the fourth luxurious train in the world in 2010, this Palace on Wheels is a sure option for those who want luxury and enlightenment.
23. Maharaja Express
Maharaja Express is another leading luxury train in the state of Rajasthan, which offers incredible insight into the culture of Rajasthan. Operated by the Tourism Department of the state, the train caters to the needs of travellers from all over the world. This train runs on five circuits and explores more than 10 destinations.
Rated as ‘The World’s Leading Luxury Train’ in 2012, the Maharaja Express is popular for its Indian Splendour and Indian Panorama tours, which bring together luxury in the lap of nature. Guest cabins are comfortable, fine dining is available and the itineraries include Heritage of India tour, which is a must opt for those who love exploring different cultures, history and art forms.
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Taking one through different landscapes of Rajasthan, this train serves as a gateway for those who love vacationing and luxury, while it is a getaway for all those who want rejuvenation in their lives. It is truly a world class experience for travellers from all over the world.
24. The Indian Maharaja – Deccan Odyssey
The Indian Maharaja is another luxury train that allows one to explore historical and cultural sites of India. The train, which travels through the Deccan region and moves to Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur, provides incredible sights of the culture of Rajasthan and nearby areas, while giving one an opportunity to enjoy the rendezvous with the elusive tiger at Ranthambore.
The train, featuring presidential suite and other kinds of suites, is comfortable and provides an eight-day experience of the Deccan, narrating its chronicles, lives and times. The journey is luxurious, insightful and engaging, enthralling one with different stories and places of interest. The train features fine dining restaurant, bar and partying areas.
25. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Another feather in the cap of Rajasthan Tourism, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a popular train that takes one through different tourism destinations. Created by the makers of Palace on Wheels, this train is all about experiencing the culture, ethos, royalty and beauty of Rajasthan.
The train takes one on a journey of Rajasthan and for seven days, it allows one to learn more about the multifaceted state. It has been planned with great thought, providing something for all travellers.
The sound of sands, the sagas narrated by forts, enthralling escapades to the wild and royal luxuries that one would love to indulge in! The tour is definitely one of the best offerings by the Indian state of Rajasthan and its Tourism Department.
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