Five Palace Hotels in India You Can Actually Stay In

(Last Updated On: May 4, 2023)

While the ruling days of India’s Maharajas are long past, you can still get a taste of what their life was once like. Several of their former palaces and royal residences have been beautifully converted in luxury hotels. So whether you’re fascinated by the country’s history or not, you’re sure to want to stay in one of these palace hotels in India.


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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

One of Udaipur’s most iconic sites, the Taj Lake Palace appears to float on the waters of Lake Pichola. Originally built for a young prince in 1746, this magnificent hotel gained global fame after the James Bond movie ‘Octopussy‘ was filmed there.

Guestrooms are grand, with high ceilings and views of the lake and City Palace. Several fine dining restaurants serve up delicious Indian, Rajasthani and European cuisine.

The amenities don’t stop there either, with a spa, yoga facilities, boat rides and an outdoor pool to add to the mix. There’s also an exclusive palace butler service and complimentary WiFi, so you can post your pics straight to Instagram.


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Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli

Built in 1938, this sprawling Art Deco palace is home to the current Maharaja and Maharani of Karauli. Their home has been open to guests for over 20 years and offers a fabulous insight into India’s extravagant past.

Both the architecture and furniture inside reflect the property’s colonial heritage. Guests stay in either deluxe rooms or luxury suites, while making use of the stunning garden and outdoor terrace. The palace also offers a restaurant, where you can sample an array of regional specialties.



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Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Perfectly located in the heart of Jaipur, the five-star Jai Mahal Palace is a beautiful example of Rajasthan’s royal heritage. Previously the home of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur, this luxurious property now hosts many fairy-tale weddings.

Set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens, its luxurious rooms and suites boast glorious city, pool or garden views. The restaurant serves authentic Indian cuisine and the spa offers an array of rejuvenating treatments and therapies. What’s more, there’s also a Rajasthani folk dance performance each night, to give you an insight into the local culture.



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Ravla Khempur, Khempur

Starring in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘, this heritage property has seen the likes of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith walk its corridors. Dating back to 1628, it features lofty terraces, open courtyards and ornate balconies – with just 10 ensuite guestrooms.

The Ravla Khempur has a no-menus policy, so you’ll be enjoying authentic Mewari cuisine during your stay. A continental and traditional Indian breakfast is available in the mornings, while dinner is a much more elaborate affair. The owner is also famed for breeding stunning Marwari horses.


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Shahpura House, Jaipur

Painstakingly restored to its former glory, Shahpura House is still managed by the descendants of the royal family of Shahpura. Featuring domes and frescoes, its grand facade is complemented by a large pool, wellness centre and spa.

Inside is just as impressive, with luxuriously furnished guestrooms decorated with marble and semi-precious stones. The rooftop and restaurant also offer fantastic views of the Aravali Hills and Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort.