Amidst the whirlwind of increasing modernity, Taj gives guests the chance to live as Maharajas once did. Intrinsically bound with the country’s history, Taj has long been heralded as a custodian of Indian heritage. Following a series of meticulous restorations, Taj has revived these Royal Palaces to reflect the bygone era of luxury and grandeur. Once the exclusive seats of Indian royalty, these iconic hotels today provide the perfect base to explore the best of Indian grandeur with royal butlers, descendants of the original Palace retainers, at their service.
Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, it is now a luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts. The 94 rooms and six suites offer unbeatable views of the city and palace gardens. Perfectly located downtown in the heart of the Pink City in Civil Lines, one is close to the main shopping areas and prime historical sites such as Amber Fort, HawaMahal and City Palace.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur represents the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality with its elegantly appointed rooms, airy verandahs and arched marbled corridors.
The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is a four-acre marble vision rising ethereally from the serene waters of Lake Pichola while Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur represents the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality with its elegantly appointed rooms, airy verandahs and arched marbled corridors. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, on the other hand, one of the world’s largest private residences set amidst lush gardens is perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, completing the circuit to explore the magnificent state of Rajasthan. Retrace the steps of the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, built 2000 feet above the city.
IHCL made an addition to its magnificent collection of authentic palaces – Fateh Prakash Palace. Renamed Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, this aesthetic edifice is located within the historic City Palace on the shores of Lake Pichhola in Udaipur. The House of Mewar is one of the oldest dynasties in the world, tracing its origins to 1300 years ago. Fateh Prakash was built during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh Mewar in the 19th century as an exclusive venue for royal functions. Meticulously preserved, the Taj Fateh Prakash Palace is akin to a living museum with 65 heritage rooms and suites, award-winning Sunset Terrace restaurant, Surya Darshan bar and boasts one of India’s most flamboyant Durbar Hall.
With this addition, IHCL emerges as the largest hospitality operator in Udaipur with four hotels. Also on offer to guests is the exclusive option of hosting glamorous soirees at Jagmandir Island in Lake Pichhola – Jagmandir has attracted royalty, global celebrities and film stars over several decades.