Ever dreamed about living the royal life in the lap of huge palaces surrounded by lush green gardens? Well, me too. Before commercialization began in India, our country was home to numerous forts and palaces that later on converted into luxury hotels. So here are my top picks for must-visit heritage hotels to experience the grandeur of lifetime-
Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur
A part of this massive palace has been commercialised and is being looked after by the Taj group. The place has different types of rooms at your service- Historical Suites, Royal Suites, Grand Royal Suites, Maharaja Suite and Maharani Suite. Adorned with intricate palace-like interiors and equipped with modern facilities, this is a perfect place to spend some quality with your loved ones.
A heritage hotel famous for its chic interiors and dreamy views, Chapslee was once a residence to Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala. It depicts a beautiful contrast of Mughal interiors and Gobelin baroque furniture featuring elegant rooms under three categories, namely, Luxury Suite, Deluxe Suite and Standard Suites. I’m someone who loves it out there in the cosy hills and hence this one tops my list.
Kalmatia Sangram, Almora
A heritage boutique hotel built in the colonial-style resting amidst the hills, this place is a gem of its kind. The unique part about this place is that it has nine cottages that are named after birds such as Eagles Nest, Himalayan Magpie, Scarlet Minivet, Pheasant, Partridge, Hoopoe, Cuckoo, Goldfinch, and Rosefinch. If you’re in for panoramic views and pleasant mornings, I would strongly suggest you spend your time here.
Niraamaya Retreat, Kovalam
Overlooking the vast and scenic sea, Niraamaya is one of those beautiful properties that are not just soothing to your eyes but also the soul. Nestled amidst nothing but serenity, this heritage property is the best place that one can find in Kerala. The hotel offers 31 rooms that are categorized as Rock Garden, Heritage Classic, Heritage Premium, The Octagon and The Banyan Tree Bungalow. The hotel depicts modern classism and hence is one of my top choices.
Palais De Mahe, Puducherry
A mesmerising place, which breathes French colonial architecture in the finest form. It is a tribute to the legacy of Puducherry. The place has 18 rooms built in exactly the same kind of style and luxury, with chic and elegance. The pristine beaches of Puducherry make this place a big hit and also one of the places I can’t wait to see.