Those wanting to see India shining in its ancient splendor must spend a night or two in one of its many royal palace hotels. After independence, India converted many of her forts and palaces, homes of the princely elite, into hotels to showcase Indian heritage at its beautiful best and offer visitors a treat unlike any other.
Any experience has to start or end at the Lake Palace (remember that spectacular palace in James Bonds’ Octopussy), the most romantic hotel on the planet, a place steeped in mystery and magic. The Falaknuma Palace, another Taj property, comes a close second. While the Lake Palace takes you to the center of a lake, this gem of a property takes you high into the clouds.
The palace was once home to the richest man on the planet and exudes the grandeur of the time when the Nizam ruled the city of Hyderabad. Stop by the Rambagh Palace, the former home of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The palace retains its regal decors, marble latticework, cenotaphs and elaborate gardens, and showcases the heritage of Rajasthan at its scintillating best.
Every Palace in the country presents a unique experience, narrating a story of Maharajas and Nizams, introducing you to homes that once hosted the most prosperous civilization on the planet.