The Imperial, Delhi: This is an iconic property, reminiscent of the days of the Raj. It has an awe-inspiring heritage interwoven in colonial elegance, and a modern delivery of old-style class.
Leela Palace, Delhi: The Leela Palace is a perfect choice for discerning travelers. It represents the magnificent architecture of Lutyen’s Delhi. The hotel provides oversized guest rooms, chic restaurants and an exclusive spa.
Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra: This hotel enjoys an unrivaled position amongst luxury hotels; being located just 600 meters from the iconic Taj Mahal. Each room affords uninterrupted views of this ancient monument to love.
Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur: Rajvilas is a resort set in a breathtaking 32-acre oasis of gardens. Built around an 18th century Shiva temple, guests can experience chanting, meditation and yoga. The hotel is a haven of peace.
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Built in 1835, this Palace was once the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. Today, it is the jewel in the Taj’s crown. The palace retains its elaborate splendor, and includes the Mughal Gardens.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur: Built 1928-1943, Umaid Bhawan is a magnificent piece of heritage. It’s home of the Jodhpur royal family and the world’s sixth-largest private residence. Perched on Chittar Hill, it inspires with views of the Blue City, sand dunes, and Mehrangarh Fort.
Raas, Jodhpur: This is Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel. The look is a fusion of modern and ancient styles and the courtyard is a haven away from the bustle of the old town. Mehrangarh Fort, 400 feet above the Jodhpur skyline, overlooks the hotel.
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur: Located on Lake Pichola, this hotel is unique in Udaipur. It’s spread over 50-acres, which includes a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary. It affords spectacular views across the gardens and sparkling lake, and has an intricate layout of domes and corridors.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: The young prince of Udaipur built his pleasure palace on Lake Pichola in 1746. Restored to its glory, this spectacular structure is on an island and affords breathtaking views of the City Palace and the Aravalli Hills.
Leela Palace, Udaipur: For centuries, visitors have marveled at Udaipur’s palaces. The Leela exemplifies Rajasthani architecture and evokes the grandeur of royal heritage. With a lake facing pool, spa and an array of restaurants, it provides a fairy tale setting.
Raas Devigarh, Udaipur countryside: Nestled in the Aravalli Hills, this hotel, an 18th century palace, holds a commanding position over a main pass into its valley. Devigarh invites visitors to experience this property, which has been transformed into one of the premier hotels in Rajasthan.
The Oberoi, Mumbai: This hotel enjoys an unrivaled position on the exclusive Marine Drive, with unparalleled views of the ocean and the Queen’s Necklace; a golden crescent of lights that adorns the shoreline after dark.
Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Palace opened in 1903, giving the country its first harbor landmark. The flagship hotel of Taj overlooks the Gateway of India, and has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe.
Leela Palace, Goa: Set on a 75-acres with a private beach and tropical gardens, this resort is not far from the Cabo de Rama Fort and Varca Beach. There are four restaurants, bars, pool and a spa, as well as a golf course.
The LaLit Golf & Spa Resort Goa: This is an all suite resort nestled on 85 acres along the Goan coastline. The resort, cradled by the Sahyadri range on the Talpone River, offers breathtaking views of the sea. With an exclusive beachfront, it is one of the most exquisite resorts in Goa.
Brunton Boat Yard, Cochin: This hotel is a tribute to another age. Resurrected from a Victorian shipyard, it gives the modern traveler a unique opportunity to dwell amidst the 19th century history. This hotel’s interior is an eclectic blend of English, Portuguese and Dutch influences.
Malabar House, Cochin: This hotel is a documented part of Cochin’s history. It dates back to 1755, when a Dutchman bought the property. Subsequently spice traders and bankers owned it, before it became Cochin’s first boutique hotel in 1996.
Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala Backwaters: On 25 acres of coconut groves, this resort comprises villas set along a winding pool. The villas are a blend of traditional architecture with modern comforts. Each is a reconstruction of manas, the 16th century homes of Kerala.
Coconut Lagoon, Kerala Backwaters: To experience is to feel. Isn’t that travel at its best? When you connect with the land and know its people, you become a participant rather than an observer. At Coconut Lagoon, the goal is to create experiences that involve and immerse you.
Taj Gateway Hotel Pashumalai, Madurai: Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu but Madurai claims its soul. A short distance from Madurai, this hotel sits on top of a hill, surrounded by 62 acres of gardens. It’s a perfect vantage point for views of the town and hills.
Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh: Experience the Indian jungle. Bandhavgarh has the highest density of tigers in the world. Let the guides introduce you to the sounds and sights of the forest. The Lodge is the inspiration of regional architecture and has a necklace of villas around the main building.
Mahua Kothi Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh: Sprawled across 40 acres of forest, this lodge offers charming suites as well as an original homestead. It features a pool, garden and interactive kitchen. Nestled in the hills, Bandhavgarh is a renowned tiger reserve. Trained naturalists ensure an intimate interaction with the biodiversity.
Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga, Assam: Spectacularly situated on the periphery of World Heritage Kaziranga National Park, this lodge provides guests an intimacy with the natural world. Separated from the park by its namesake river, wild buffaloes and elephants often bathe in its waters as fishermen cast their nets a short distance away.
TUTC Camp, Kohima, Nagaland: This ultimate, luxury camp is located in a region of Nagaland, occupied by the Angami tribe, one of 16 major tribes. The services offer a blend of Naga rainforest and tribal legacy. The camp coincides with the annual Hornbill Festival, a cultural extravaganza celebrating the tribal way of life.
Stok Palace Hotel, Ladakh: Built by Ladakhi craftsmen in 1820, the Stok Palace continues to be an abode for the Namgyal dynasty, which traces its origin to the early 10th century. The Palace opened to public in 1980 with blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
TUTC Camp at Thiksey, Nubra Valley, Ladakh: The Nubra valley is an oasis of tales of those who trudged the high-altitude sand dunes in search of gold, glory and God. Here, snuggle up in your large poster bed or enjoy the en-suite bathroom, with large windows that open to spectacular vistas. Pamper yourself with personalized butler services, and have yourself an unforgettable holiday!
Orange County, Hampi: Travel back to the 14th century. Let the monuments at Hampi tell the story of what was once “the best provided city in the world”. With stunning forests and boulders as a backdrop, the hotel is close to this World Heritage Site. Its fort-like entrance, stone boulevards, arched hallways and regal chambers mirror palaces of a bygone era.
Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Shimla: Situated at 8,000 feet above sea level, and the former abode of Lord Kitchener, Wildflower Hall exudes the ambience of a colonial Hill Station home. With a Himalayan vacation, you can refresh with nature walks, rafting, cycling or yoga.
Nadesar Palace, Varanasi: This Palace, on the Ganges, is one of the city’s most striking hotels. It has hosted myriad figures of royalty, statesmen and celebrities. The 10 suites are sure to find favor with art connoisseurs. It’s nestled among gardens and marigold fields. Peace and tranquility are inevitable.
Brijrama Palace, Varanasi: This 1812 Palace is one of the oldest landmarks in Varanasi, on the Ganges, and only second to Ramnagar fort, in heritage. The erstwhile Marathas influenced the architecture. In 1915, the Brahmin King acquired the palace and the Ghat became known as Darbhanga Ghat.
Please Note: The above luxury hotels are only suggestions. Alternative accommodations can also be arranged, depending on your style and budget.