From hilltop hotels and wildlife camps to regal palatial retreats, India has a multitude of romantic and unique hotels that provide a blissful and luxurious escape. Whether you’re after a rustic, wildlife experience, in search of festivals and cultural experiences or looking to learn more about the country’s colourful history, here are our best places to stay in India.
Alila Fort Bishangarh, Rajasthan
Towering above the dramatic hills of Rajasthan, the 18th-century Alila Fort Bishangarh is a stunning hotel steeped in history and culture. Stay in traditionally-designed rooms and immerse yourself in the local culture with a cooking class or even a camel ride around the village. Once a warrior fort and home to Rajasthani kings, this unique hotel is perfect if you’re after the royal treatment on your holiday in India.
Kohima Camp, Nagaland
The Kohima Camp, part of the Ultimate Travelling Camp’s stable, sits in the mountainous Nagaland region of northeast India, and is open for the Hornbill Festival in late November to early December. A celebration of the many different indigenous cultures of Nagaland, this week-long festival consists of cultural and musical performances, bazaars, sports and good food.
Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
Despite being one of the oldest palaces in Jaipur and close to the iconic Hawa Mahal and Jaipur City Palace, the Rajmahal Palace has a refreshing contemporary twist to it. The 51 Shades of Pink room is a rose-tinted dream-like space with an imposing chandelier ,where you can eat breakfast and take in the unique décor.
Mihir Garh, Jodhpur
Retreat to the Thar Desert, south of Jodhpur, where the luxury fort hotel Mihir Garh awaits like an oasis in all of its regal glory. Once the home of the last Maharajah of Jaipur, this opulent hotel has nine palatial suites, with high ceilings, private terraces and Jacuzzis. In the evenings, you can enjoy an Indian barbecue with a bonfire and the sounds of Rajasthani folk musicians.
Jamtara, Madhya Pradesh
Enjoy a luxury glamping experience at Jamtara on the outskirts of Pench National Park in central India, where you can immerse yourself in a real-life Jungle Book setting. The camp is surrounded by lush forests, towering ancient Banyan trees and incredible wildlife like tigers and leopards. You can also get the full wilderness retreat experience by sleeping in a four-poster bed raised on stilts beneath the stars.
Located at the base of the Aravalli mountain range, Amanbagh stands out from the horizon in a blush tone, made of pink sandstone. With vaulted arches and domes, beautiful courtyards and regal suites, this traditional hotel in Rajasthan is the perfect place to go off-grid. Brush up on your history at the 17th-century Bhangarh ruins and explore tribal villages nearby.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Floating on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola, the beautiful 18th-century Taj Lake Palace is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Featured in the James Bond film Octopussy, the hotel showcases an awe-inspiring display of ornate marble and granite architectural masterpieces, mirror-work décor and mind-blowing murals.
Ananda Spa, Himalayas
The Himalayas… where better to go for a complete wellness retreat? The Ananda Spa, of course. Sitting in the foothills of the iconic mountain range, overlooking the Ganges, this hotel is set in the birthplace of Ayurveda and has an impressive 25,000-square-foot spa – guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and brand new.
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