Top Ten Luxury

Indian Palaces

For the last few centuries Rajasthan has been the "IT" place for Indian Royalty. While most palace locations may have been directed by whatever battles were currently going on, it never stopped the Raj from letting fly with gilt and jewels to create some of the most extravagantly romantic and self-indulgent residences this planet has ever seen. With their descendents (and hotel groups) now opening them up to guests, there are plenty of opportunities to make like a Maharaja and Maharani. While most are sumptuous from the outside, some palaces and forts are a little lacking in luxe on the inside. Here, we pass through the corridors to list what we consider to be the best.

 
by Prue Rushton, 2/4/10
Deogarh Mahal Deogarh
Deogarh Mahal Deogarh
So authentically royal, a part of the Mahal is still occupied by family of the present owner Rawat Nahar Singh, treating guests to Mewari (local) hospitality.
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Devi Garh, Udaipur
Devi Garh, Udaipur
Set high in the Aravali Hills, Devi Garh exquisitely brings together the best of old India with the new.
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Mihir Garh, Jodhpur
Mihir Garh, Jodhpur
If a member of the desert Raj decided to build a palace in 2009, this newly built mud fort is what it might look like.
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Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan
Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan

Set on 25 acres, the 1464 architecture it is achingly majestic with palaces that step down a terraced hillside.

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Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Widely regarded as the "Jewel of Jaipur", the beauty of the Maharani in the 1930s drew a host of international dignitaries making it the "IT" palace of Rajasthan. 

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Rohet Garh, Jaipur
Rohet Garh, Jaipur
Built in 1622, this fort was a gift to Thakur Dalpat Singh for his bravery in battle. Today, his descendants - the Rohet family - have done a brilliant job of keeping reinterpreting and reinventing the glory of those days.
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Samode Palace, Jaipur
Samode Palace, Jaipur
Listed as the fifth best hotel in the world back in 1999, Samode Palace has lost none of its timeless beauty.
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Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur

Built in the early 20th century during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, this palace might not be the most up-to-the-moment modern, but it is full of original splendour.

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
The Lake Palace maxes out the romance factor with its pretty wedding cake peaks and curves.
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The Raj Palace, Jaipur
The Raj Palace, Jaipur
Ornateness is given unprecedented reverence in this palace. It not only contains one of the largest suites, but also the most expensive suite in the world.
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