The Most Luxuriously Indulgent Hotels in India

The Most Luxuriously Indulgent Hotels in India

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India knows a thing or two about hospitality. At the backbone of this industry is a phrase that most Indians identify with: “Atithi Dewo Bhawa”. It translates to ‘A guest is akin to God’. You can thus expect royalty treatment. Especially, when it is at one of India’s many uber luxurious hotels. Here’s our pick of some of the most luxurious hotels in India.

1. The Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Udaipur Taj Lake Palace

The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is the best among India’s luxurious hotels. Surrounded by Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace was built in 1743 to serve as the summer retreat for the royal dynasty of Mewar. The white marble used liberally in its construction shimmers above the lake waters bestowing upon it an otherworldly charm. Having waited on guests like Queen Elizabeth and Jacqueline Kennedy, the royal butlers, like the rest of the burgeoning staff, are adept at providing for every whim and fancy of their guests. For your pick of luxury hotels in India, look no further than the Lake Palace.

Great for: Honeymoons, anniversaries and any other very special occasion

2. Umaid Bhavan, Jodhpur

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Another Taj property, Umaid Bhavan is perhaps one of the most expensive hotels in India, and with good reason: it is one of the world’s largest private residences, that of the Jodhpur royal family, part of which has been converted into a hotel. Recently, it also won a traveller’s choice award as the best hotel in the world.

Great for: When you feel like being treated like royalty

3. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom

credits: Dhimant Patel

It is only natural that at least one hotel in God’s own country would feature among India’s most luxurious hotels. And Kumarakom Lake Resort does ample justice to its inclusion. Situated on the banks of the sprawling Vembanad lake, this property is the perfect blend of traditional architecture and modern-day conveniences. And then there is the famed Kerala cuisine, rounding off a singularly indulgent experience.

Great for: A luxurious break on a family holiday

4. Falaknuma Palace

credits: Saurabh Chatterjee

The richest kingdom of pre-independence India was considered to be Hyderabad. The Falaknuma Palace was the residence of the Nizam (ruler) of Hyderabad. So, its opulence is a given. Restored under the watchful of the erstwhile princess, the hotel is replete with riches of a bygone era, including Venetian chandeliers, antiques, priceless murals, and labyrinthine gardens. Little wonder that it is also one of the most expensive hotels in India.

Great for: A glimpse into how the other half lives, at one of the most opulent hotels in the country

5. The Oberoi Amarvilas

taj hotel Image credits: Brian Scott

You need to see the Taj Mahal to believe it. No photograph or description, however eloquent, could do it justice. At the Oberoi Amarvilas, you can do that from the comfort of your suite. This alone justifies its place among India’s most luxurious hotels. But there is a lot more to Amarvilas than just the view: every room is outfitted with the choicest of furnishing, and the hospitality is without fault.

Great for: An indulgent break as you travel across North India, with the Taj Mahal always in your line of sight
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