Every part of India is characterized by its own individual specialties and identities which makes the already existing tag of India being a diverse country more solid and relevant. Rajasthan, being more than a state in the Indian Union is a rich cultural casket that is coated with a long glorious history.
When it comes to the shimmering past of Rajasthan, comes along the spirit of valor and royalty that is synonymous with the dynasties that ruled in Rajasthan at different point of time. Their exploits at the war fields and the indomitable zeal for freedom and their mother land made the kings and warriors of Rajasthan substance of honor and repute.
Well, time have passed on and the heroics of the past era is passé leaving behind monuments and legends that continues to haunt the travelers till date. The significance of Rajasthan as a tourism hub is well known and well admired; but every splendid vacation is complimented by comfortable accommodation. And in Rajasthan apart from the hotels and home stays, there is another type of lodging for the traveler- heritage hotels.
These hotels are actually the forts and palaces, mansions that used to serve the kings and queens in the bygone times and today they are re-worked upon and transformed into some excellent heritage hotels. The experience of an stay in one of them is one of a kind and fills the guests with an overwhelming feel of royalty and glory. Starting from your check in when you will be welcomed like no less than a king or queen to having personal attendants- these hotels caters to the soul and mind.
Lets throw some light on some of them scattered in different areas of Rajasthan:
Royal Castle of Kanota: Located in the Kanota Bagh in Jaipur, this palace was built by Thakur Zorawar Singhji in the year 1872. Typically decorated in the Rajasthani style of royal living this hotel has a Durbar Hall and ten luxurious suites. Facilities available include- air conditioning, phone, television, modernly equipped bathroom and room service. Apart from that the guests can take part in several recreational activities like camel and jeep safaris, indoor games, puppet shows and cultural programmes.
Jai Mahal Palace: Splendid in any sense, Jai Mahal Palace situated in Jacob Road in Jaipur is a 100 room fort (6 of them are the royal suites) offering the guests a chance of a lifetime. Each of the rooms are designed in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and the hotel is loaded with miniature paintings and show pieces. The amenities are also unmatched with restaurants, pub, 24/7 room service, all day long hot water supply, in house laundry, mini bar, tea coffee maker and many more. You can avail any of the following services like camel buggy rides, swimming pool, badminton, gym, spa, puppet shows, shopping arcade, travel desk, lockers and so on.
Rambagh Palace: Another of the heritage hotels in Jaipur is Rambagh Palace placed in Bhawani Singh Road. Popularly known as the Jewel of Jaipur and originally built in 1835 AD, this 85 room castle was declared a hotel in 1957 before the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took it over in 1972. The facilities and amenities are almost the same as the Jai Mahal Palace. Cater to the foodie in you in the fine restaurant that serves some mouth watering food in mind blowing surroundings.
Balsamand Lake Palace: Seated in the city of Jodhpur, this palace is a fine specimen of the Rajputana architecture built with special Jodhpur red sandstone. The main palace in standing in between an artificial lake which lends it an authentic look. Your imagination and fancy will take a flight to an unknown land once you step in this 10 plush suite and 26 other room heritage hotel. Apart from a multi cuisine restaurant, relish some fine wine in the lounge or in the bar. Along side the facilities that every other heritage hotel provides here you can get an edge with horse carriage buggy ride, cycling and jogging track and obstacle golf.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Hallmark of the city of Kota, this amazing 25 air conditioned room hotel was built in 1905 by Maharaja Umed Singh II. The architecture of this hotel is a fusion of the Victorian décor with the traditional Rajasthani furniture. The drawing point of this palace is the central museum, the Edwardian Clock, Durbar Hall and the Banquet Hall.
Hotel Basant Vihar Palace: Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji, this one is a crown in the city of Bikaner. Clad in the traditional style and aura, this 21 room hotel with 3 suites is a royal treat even to a discerning traveler. The well furnished and well equipped rooms with a world class service is supported by a dining hall serving authentic Rajasthani dishes, Mughlai, Chinese and Continental food. Be a part of the ethnic music and dance celebrations and the theme parties.
Cama Rajputana Club Resort: Mount Abu is, no doubt one of the most sought after destinations in Rajasthan. So, if you are also planning to visit it shortly make sure you get your bookings done in this royal hotel. In existence for over 125 years, Cama Rajputana Club Resort is a 42 room structure with private balconies and personalized service. The interior is classy and regal with plush decoration items and excellent dining facility clubbed with a matchless list of recreational activities.
Narayan Niwas Palace: A 19th century monument, the Narayan Niwas Palace is a 43 room heritage hotel located at the heart of Jaisalmer. Out an out an artistic expression of the makers, this hotel is awe- inspiring with period furniture, chandeliers and paintings. Highlight of this royal accommodation is the themes that prevails in each room and are different from each other. Recreational activities and restaurant facilities are there with all its elegance and style.
Lake Palace Hotel: The historic city of Udaipur is the home to this aesthetic hotel located in an island on the Pichola lake. The exterior of this palace is of white marble and was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1746. Enjoy a heaven like stay in Lake Palace Hotel with the beautiful ravalli Mountains in the background. There are 66 rooms and 17 suites in this hotel making it a truly posh hide out for the travelers.
Rajasthan is a place where the monarch like feeling comes just after you visit any old fort or monument. And to live that feel, you don't need to go back in centuries, just look for an heritage hotels and see the royalty dawning upon you.