The Most Stunning Hotels in India
Instagram gold awaits at these luxurious accommodations.
India is home to some of the world’s most striking architecture. Its ancient temples and ornate palaces are a testament to both its rich tapestry of religious beliefs and its fascinating fallen empires.
The Taj Mahal, Amritsar’s Golden Temple, Mysore Palace, Konark Sun Temple, Hawa Mahal and Hyderabad’s Charminar are just a handful of the jaw-dropping structures that draw crowds year-round — and with good reason. However, beyond these bucket list architectural attractions there are also a handful of opulent abodes offering travelers the immersive experience of following in the footsteps of Indian monarchs with stays at former royal residences. Several of these special properties are part of the Taj Hotels portfolio.
For an Instagram-worthy stay fit for a king, check out these palatial properties.
Often referred to as “The Jewel of Jaipur”, this sprawling property originally built in 1835 sits on 47 impeccably-manicured acres across from the Pink City’s Central Park. Once home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, the property was converted into a hotel in 1955. Rambagh Palace boasts 78 stunningly-restored rooms and suites as well as some of the city’s best dining options, with meals served in chandelier-adorned ballrooms and cozy nooks displaying the Maharaja’s polo trophies. Photo opportunities abound in a host of opulent lounges, picturesque terraces framed with hand-carved marble latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal gardens.
Visit as part of Kensington Tours’ Signature Tour of India.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra
Walking distance from the Taj Mahal, the new Taj Hotel & Convention Centre in Agra is a luxury escape befitting modern royalty. Boasting 239 plush rooms plus a handful of opulent suites, the hotel offers the perfect vantage point from which to take in the red sandstone Agra Fort, the ancient cities of Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra and the exotic birds of Keoladeo National Park. For the most striking photos, head directly to the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool and set yourself up in a submerged sunlounger with a view of the world’s most stunning marble mausoleum.
Visit as part of Kensington Tours’ Golden Triangle Discovery.
Taj Lake Palace
The Taj Lake Palace appears to float on the surface of Lake Pichola, boasting 360-degree views of Udaipur. Originally constructed by prince Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 as a pleasure palace, the property was restored in the 1980s for the filming of Octopussy. The hotel features 65 luxurious rooms, 18 grand suites, an array of elegant restaurants and even a “spa boat”. With a location on an island in the middle of a lake, there are few better places in Udaipur from which to view the City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir.
Visit as part of Kensington Tours’ India Highlights & Gems of Rajasthan with Taj Hotels.
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