Heritage hotels of India are nothing but the former palaces or mansions belonging to the India’s former princess or nobility that have now been converted into hotels. Although high priced, such hotels can make guests experience a slice of history and romance of former Indian royalty. In this blog, I will give the brief overview of heritage hotels in three different Indian States- Rajasthan, Pondicherry and Haryana.
Heritage hotels in Rajasthan
Once the dwelling places of the erstwhile Rajputana rulers, heritage hotels in Rajasthan are the massive structures that have carried forward the legend and grandeur associated with them to new generations. Post independence, the concept of princely states came to an end and the erstwhile palaces of rajas-maharajas were converted into heritage hotels by the premium hotel chains. However, some portions of these palace hotels are still inhabited by the royal families. Traveling to Rajasthan and living in these massive structures was an overwhelming experience. These structures exhibit a seamless blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Each hotel is designed with exquisite carvings, beautiful chandeliers, miniature paintings, marble and lattice work and manicured gardens. Some prominent names in the list include Taj Lake Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Devigarh Palace and Lalgarh Palace.
Heritage hotels in Pondicherry
A tranquil town in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry offers a seamless amalgamation of south Indian and French heritage. If you are in search of old world charm and modern luxury, heritage hotels in Pondicherry are the ultimate place for you. Most of the heritage hotels that are found in Pondicherry are nothing but the re-designed and refurbished French mansions of the pre-independence era. A prominent example of this is the hotel de I’Orient, an 18th century French styled mansion which wonderfully depicts the architecture and the legacy of the French era.
Heritage hotels in Haryana
A significant part of Delhi’s National Capital Region (NCR), Haryana ha significantly wrought the Indian history, economic progress and self-sufficiency in food as well. Home to the royal family of Pataudi and host to various directorial ventures, Pataudi Palace is a 70 year old palace converted which got converted into a heritage hotel in 2005. The Palladian pillars, cornices and wide verandahs are the best aspect of this hotel. The Durbar and dining hall is downstairs while the Begum’s chamber are upstairs and segregate the Mardana and Zenana portions.