Where to stay in Rajasthan? Which property does Jodhpur’s royal family holiday at? Skip the obvious and head to these princely state’s palaces. A stay at these palaces will provide an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Rajasthan. Each of these palaces has beautifully-done suites for guests that exude old-world charm. Book a stay in these suites and live like the maharajas.
1. City Palace, Jaipur
The City Palace is one of the most iconic spots in Jaipur, but what if we told you that you could stay here? Yes, you heard that right. The Royal Family of Jaipur has opened their home for you to sleep in. The impeccably styled Gudliya suite in The City Palace Jaipur comes with an indoor swimming pool. This 300-year-old palace has seen guests like Princess Diana and Oprah Winfrey. You will be feted by a private butler who will arrange curated city experiences for you.
2. Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
If you cannot find yourself a vacant suite in the Jaipur City Palace, stay in this 18th-century palace best known for its luxurious suites. This charming palace has hosted the of Queen Elizabeth and Jackie Kennedy over the years. It is refurbished with a modern avatar with features pastel hues and printed wallpapers. What’s more, the colours blend lovingly with old family heirlooms, and every corner of this palace is Instagram worthy.
3. Gajner Palace, Bikaner
This lakeside palace just 30 minutes from Bikaner has been a former hunting lodge. It has then been converted into a heritage hotel back in the 1970s and has hosted dignitaries like Prince of Wales and Lord Mountbatten. Its suites continue to reflect the grandeur of a bygone era with gorgeous vintage wallpapers and poster beds. From nature walks, boat rides to memorable meals in the forest and desert safaris, your stay here will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
4. Nahargarh, Ranthambore
A 16th-century style fortress surrounds this Rajput-inspired hunting palace just next to the Ranthambore National Park. From the lovely pool with stone carvings to the horse-saddle stools at the bar, everything here feels special. The palatial suites come with courtyard and terraces. Are you planning to get married any time soon? This can be your perfect wedding venue.
5. Naila Bagh Palace, Jaipur
Once the home to the Rajput family of Naila, this massive 19th-century palace offers a great stay combined with heritage, great food with serene beauty. When here, enjoy a delicious meal by the pool or watch the peacocks roaming in the courtyards. Did you know this is one of Maharani Gayatri Devi’s favourite venus for house parties? There is a vintage chariot that serves as a bar.
6. Bal Samand Lake Palace Jodhpur
This 17th-century palace is just 5km from the main city. It is sprawled across 60 acres, and the charming palace sits pretty above the pristine lake. The private estate has pomegranate orchards and gardens with bright and colourful rooms. There is also like a nine-hole mini-golf course, horse carriage rides and trips to dunes on offer.
You will be treated no less than royalty in these palaces