Luxury Hotels in Central India

Central India offers some memorable hotel options for those who are prepared to venture off the beaten track, from palaces to forts, and from jungle retreats to treehouses.  

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Nadesar Palace

Location: Central India | India

Built for the East India Company in the 18th century but later acquired by a Maharaja, the exquisite Nadesar Palace is a tranquil haven on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, surrounded by mango trees, jasmine fields and rows of marigold. Part of the Taj Group, this magical, wedding-cake white hotel still showcases delicate nods to the Raj with its crystal chandeliers, antique-strewn living rooms and immense columns.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness

Ahilya Fort

Location: Central India | India

Ahilya Fort is a regal palace in the town of Maheshwar, on the banks of the Narmada River, which dates from the 18th century. From the terrace, you can watch the hustle and bustle of daily life on the riverside ghats, where pilgrims and locals come to bathe and worship. The hotel is owned and run by the flamboyant Prince Richard Holkar, whose ancestor built the fort, and you’ll feel like a guest in someone’s opulent, but friendly, home.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Peace & Quiet

Banjaar Tola

Location: Central India | India

Consisting of 18 luxury tents spread across a forested riverbank overlooking the Kanha National Park, a stay at Banjaar Tola is about complete immersion in the environment in a beautiful corner of Madhya Pradesh. The camp’s team of trained naturalists will help you spot the rich wildlife which live in the park, including one of India’s most prominent populations of Bengal tiger.

Best for: Lodge, Romantic, Seriously special, Eco-tourism

The Ultimate Travelling Camp - Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa

Location: Central India | India

When it comes to wildlife experiences, destinations don’t get much better than the Terai region of India and Nepal. Tigers, elephants, leopards, rhinos - with any luck you can spot them all, and a stay at Jaagir Lodge Dudhwa combines expertly-led safari trips with luxurious accommodation in a colonial-style 1940s lodge. 

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Walking & Trekking, Cultural Immersion, Off the Beaten Track

Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat

Location: Central India | India

The lodge is a labour of love for owner Sunny, who comes from nearby Kawardha and is committed to the protection and preservation of local communities, whose villages dot the surrounding jungle landscape. Sunny’s ties with the villagers mean that your trips to meet them will support rather than damage their culture and way of life, and his knowledge of the local area – which he has been helping guests explore for the best part of 20 years – means he will come up with endless ideas for things to do.

Best for: Off the Beaten Track, Village Life, Secret / In the Know, Cultural Immersion


Location: Central India | India

Jamtara adds a whole new meaning to glamping – this luxury camp is an idyllic retreat on the edge of Pench National Park, surrounded by the lush forest landscapes and thrilling wildlife of the Jungle Book tales. See tigers in the fields, share stories round the campfire and sleep outdoors under the stars.

Best for: Off the Beaten Track, Eco-tourism, Cultural Immersion, Wildlife & Nature

Taj Falaknuma Palace

Location: Central India | India

Taj Falaknuma Palace is a luxurious hotel in Hyderabad housed in a beautiful 19th-century palace. Originally built in 1893, Falaknuma Palace was once the home of the Nizam of Hyderabad, who at one time was said to be the richest man in the world – and it shows, in the opulent suites, beautiful dining rooms and landscaped gardens which surround the palace.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

Vivanta by Taj Gomti Nagar

Location: Central India | India

Vivanta by Taj Gomti Nagar is a luxury hotel in the heart of Lucknow, the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. With stylish, contemporary rooms, a beautiful outdoor pool and a fantastic central location, this hotel is a stylish and luxurious base from which to explore the rich historical and cultural attractions of one of India’s major cities.

Best for: Romantic, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Food & Wine

Earth Lodge

Location: Central India | India

Kanha Earth Lodge is a luxury wilderness resort on the borders of Kanha National Park, a tiger reserve in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. The resort has a commitment to preservation of the environment and protection of local communities. Not a single tree was felled during the lodge’s creation, and 80% of the staff come from local villages. The lodge’s team of wildlife experts will make sure you have the best experience possible in Kanha, which is home to tigers, leopards and sloth bears among many other species.

Best for: Off the Beaten Track, Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Nature, Walking & Trekking

Tree House Hideaway

Location: Central India | India

The Tree House Hideaway is a luxury tree hotel sitting in 21 acres of land near Bandhavgarh National Park. While the main draw of the stay is the park’s tiger population – the most concentrated in the world – the hotel itself is beautiful: a collection of rustic yet luxurious huts high in the trees of a remote forest. Expertly-led game drives give you a great chance of spotting tigers as well as the many other creatures that call this park home.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, Wildlife & Nature, Walking & Trekking

Singinawa Jungle Lodge

Location: Central India | India

Singinawa Jungle Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge on the fringes of Kanha National Park, the real-life inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Accommodation is spread across beautiful cottages, and the lodge’s team of naturalists will ensure that you get the most out of game drives into Kanha to spot the park’s wildlife. Cultural visits to local tribal communities, who the lodge works to support, are a unique and unforgettable experience.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Cultural Immersion, Village Life, Walking & Trekking

Noor us Sabah Palace

Location: Central India | India

Noor us Sabah Palace is a luxury hotel in the city of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Built I the 1920s by the Nawab of Bhopal as a gift for his eldest daughter, this whitewashed palace has an air of regal splendour and is perched on a hilltop overlooking the City of Lakes. The hotel has beautiful views over Lake Bhopal and is perfectly located for exploring the historical and cultural attractions of the city.

Best for: History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, City Hotel, Off the Beaten Track


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