Hotel Recomendations - North India
SHAHAPURA HOUSE, JAIPUR
Originally the residence of the scions of the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs, Shahpura House is set in a relatively quiet residential area in downtown Jaipur. With its colourful Shekhawati frescoes and domes, the property reflects the fusion of Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal-style architecture. The spacious rooms and suites are tastefully decorated by combining traditional features with essential modern amenities.
65 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa.
KHAS BAGH, JAIPUR
On the outskirts of Jaipur, a stone’s throw away from Amber fort, Khas Bagh is a farm retreat tucked away in the forested Aravali hills. The property has been built in the style of a traditional Haveli with open courtyards, verandas and intricately carved pillars. The individually designed rooms are fitted with antique furniture and the polo lounge adds to the authentic Rajput stately home-stay experience.
18 rooms, dining room, polo lounge, swimming pool, outdoor terrace.
TREE LIFE KIPLING LODGE, RANTHAMBORE
On the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park surrounded by lush fields and trees, Kipling Lodge is a warm throwback to the old-world charm and hunting lodges that once inspired Rudyard Kipling. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, and come with a private garden or terrace while the large courtyard is the perfect spot to dine alfresco. This is an ideal base for morning safaris in search of elusive tigers.
16 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, library.
CAHMBAL SAFARI LODGE, JARAR
Surrounded by verdant woodland, the Chambal Safari Lodge is a family-run heritage property and an award-winning ecolodge with a warm and homely ambience. Just an hour’s drive from the Taj Mahal, the lodge is in an ideal location for exploring Rajasthan while staying in a rural oasis. Rooms are elegant and spacious, and delicious home-cooked meals are prepared using fresh local ingredients.
7 cottages, 6 luxury suites, bar, lounge, library dining room, garden.
GATEWAY HOTEL RAMGARH LODGE, JAIPUR
Built in the late 1930s, The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge was once the favourite hunting retreat of the maharajah of Jaipur. Located approximately 40km from Jaipur, this rustic lodge set in the forested Aravalli hills exudes an air of history. All rooms and suites are spacious, comfortably furnished and overlook either the rugged mountains or the landscaped gardens.
14 rooms, dining room, bar, swimming pool, tennis court.
RAJNIWAS PALACE, DHOLPUR
Tucked away in the quiet town of Dholpur lies the charming Raj Niwas Palace, also known as the Dholpur Palace. Once home to generations of royals, this converted palace displays magnificent indo-saracenic architecture, red sandstone edifice and striking Dutch ceramics. The gracefully appointed rooms, marbled corridors and regal gardens reverberate with history. Choose between courtyard rooms, palace suites or pool villas.
32 rooms, dining room, bar, swimming pool, garden
DEOGARH MAHAL, DEOGARH
Deogarh Mahal, a unique family residence, overlooks the delightful village of Deogarh in the Aravalli hills. This exquisite property is owned and lived in by a local ruling family, who play an active part in the running of the hotel. The 50 rooms and suites, all with modern facilities, are individually decorated with stained glass, sumptuous colourful fabrics and antiques, each furnished in a traditional style.
50 rooms, restaurant, bar / lounge, swimming pool, spa
MOUNTBATTEN LODGE, RANAKPUR
Sharing its boundary with the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and near to the Ranakpur Jain temple complex, Mountbatten Lodge offers jungle treks, horse riding and leopard safaris in the nearby area and in Jawai. The lodge has just four suites and its colonial style evokes a sense of the days of the Raj. Camping packages are available using luxurious, mobile en suite tents to explore the region intimately.
4 suites, mobile luxurious tents, plunge pool, dining room, lounge
THE LEELA PALACE, UDAIPUR
Set on the banks of Lake Pichola, The Leela Palace Udaipur seamlessly blends modern comfort with the grandeur of a bygone age. The rooms and suites are some of the most spacious in the city and are opulently furnished, each with views of either the Lake Palace or the City Palace. Fine dining options are available in the Dining Room (worldwide cuisine) or in the Sheesh Mahal (Indian cuisine).
80 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, lounge, swimming pool, spa.
THE LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR
Taj Lake Palace was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II as his summer residence. Set on an island in Lake Pichola, this de luxe hotel offers shaded gardens and terraces as well as wonderful views of the City Palace and the Aravalli mountains. All rooms and suites are individually designed to capture a different mood and period. There are several dining options including the opportunity to dine on a 150-yearold royal barge.
83 rooms, 3 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym, spa, yoga facilities.
THE OBEROI AMARVILAS, AGRA
The Oberoi Amarvilãs is a luxury resort set among Mughal-style terraced lawns and reflection pools in an unparalleled position just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal. Enjoy uninterrupted views of this romantic icon from all the rooms and suites, as well as the lounge and bar. The spa offers personalised treatments while the pool is reminiscent of magical scenes from The Arabian Nights.
102 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, lounge swimming pool, gym, spa
THE OBEROI RAJVILAS, JAIPUR
The Oberoi Rajvilãs combines traditional style and modern comfort. Adorned with Mughal arches, high domed ceilings and crystal chandeliers, it displays all the hallmarks of Rajasthani opulence. Exquisite rooms and luxury tents are set within 12 hectares of landscaped gardens filled with exotic birdlife. The Oberoi Spa offers a range of treatments and yoga classes in an 18th-century Shiva temple.
71 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym, tennis court, spa.
THE OBEROI VANYAVILAS, RANTHAMBORE
The Oberoi Vanyavilãs is a luxury jungle resort with luxury air-conditioned tents located on the edge of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Set within 8 hectares of lush gardens, the hotel has an observation tower offering exceptional views of the surrounding landscape as well as the opportunity to spot tigers while sipping champagne at sunset. The hotel can also organise dinner under the stars.
25 luxury tents, restaurant, bar, spa, outdoor swimming pool, gym, billiards room.
THE OBEROI, NEW DELHI
In the heart of New Delhi, the recently renovated Oberoi New Delhi is a luxury 5-star hotel with architecture inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ New Delhi. The hotel’s 220 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished with handpicked artwork, rich polished teakwood floors and marble bathrooms. The three restaurants offer some of the finest dining options in the city, mentored by Michelinstarred chefs.
220 rooms, 3 restaurants, rooftop bar, 2 swimming pools, spa.
THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, UDAIPUR
Inspired by the traditional architecture of a Rajasthani palace, the Oberoi Udaivilãs is a lavish resort that spans the banks of Lake Pichola. The hotel stands upon the 200-year-old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar and includes many hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens and a wildlife sanctuary. Some rooms come with private or semi-private pools and have lake or garden views.
87 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, 2 swimming pools, spa, gym.
RAMBAGH PALACE, JAIPUR
Once the residence of the Jaipur royal family, the Rambagh Palace is a fine example of grand and ornate Rajput architecture. Set in 19 hectares of beautiful, landscaped Mughal gardens, all of the hotel’s guestrooms and suites are elegantly furnished. Built in 1835, the Rambagh Palace offers regal dining options as well as atmospheric private dining venues set against the stunning backdrop of the palace for an intimate meal.
78 rooms, 4 restaurants, bar, indoor & outdoor swimming pool, Jiva spa, gym, yoga.
UMAID BHAWAN PALACE, JODHPUR
Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India. The sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable art deco style of the1930s, and served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family. In the finest tradition of Rajput hospitality, the palace offers its guests a taste of royal living.
64 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, indoor & outdoor pools, squash court, tennis lawn, yoga studio, billiards room, spa, gym, library.
THE LEELA PALACE, NEW DELHI
With its gold-leafed domes, Murano glass chandeliers and hand-woven carpets from Turkey, The Leela Palace New Delhi combines classical architecture with some of the opulent features of the grand palaces of northern India. The property is set in the heart of Delhi’s diplomatic enclave and its rooms and suites are spacious, luxuriously furnished and equipped with state-of-the-art amenities.
254 rooms, 4 restaurants, library bar, rooftop swimming pool, spa.
TREE OF LIFE RESORT & SPA, JAIPUR
The Tree of Life Resort & Spa is set among 3 hectares of landscaped gardens, with a backdrop of the rugged Aravalli hills. The hotel is a true reflection of both Rajasthani culture and architecture. The suites and villas combine centuries of tradition with modern conveniences and offer superb views of the Rajasthani countryside. Some of the luxury villas feature a private pool.
13 villas, restaurant, in-room and other private dining locations, bar, swimming pool, spa.
TAJ MAHAL, NEW DELHI
Located in the lush surroundings of Lutyens’ Delhi, the landmark Taj Mahal, New Delhi offers a unique blend of comfort and discreet service with stunning aerial views, all within close proximity of heritage wonders and commercial hubs. The dining options are exemplary: sample contemporary gourmet Indian cuisine at Varq, savour award-winning Japanese fare at Wasabi, try the much celebrated House of Ming or dine at The Grill Room located on the rooftop.
292 rooms, 6 restaurants, 1 bar, outdoor swimming pool, spa, terrace garden.
TAJ PALACE, NEW DELHI
Spread over 2.5 hectares of lush gardens in the heart of the city, Taj Palace New Delhi is ideally located close to the seat of the government, the commercial hub of Gurgaon, and domestic and international airports. The hotel has hosted royalty, heads of state and high-profile conferences. All rooms feature deep soaking bathtubs and memory foam beds, and its multiaward-winning restaurants serve Chinese, European and Indian cuisines.
403 rooms, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, outdoor swimming pool, gym, 9-hole putting green, spa.