Everyone dreams of being treated like royalty at some point in their life. The very idea of luxury is so appealing – who doesn’t like to be waited on hand and foot and be treated to the best there is? Unfortunately, like everything else in life, luxury has to be bought or earned. If you’re prepared to spend thousands on a few days of leisure and utmost relaxation, here are some of the most expensive hotels in India which can give you that royal experience you so crave.
1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Rambagh Palace is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, and is managed by the Taj Group. The presidential suite here costs 11,50,000 rupees per night during peak season! To make it worth all the money, the hotel offers a royal dining room, a master bedroom and a stunning view overlooking the sprawling gardens.
2. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
The Taj Lake Palace, in the midst of Lake Pichola, was formerly known as the Jag Niwas. The palace was built by Maharana Jagat Singh II of the Mewar dynasty. A night’s stay in the presidential suite will cost you 6,00,000 rupees, while giving you the ultimate royal experience.
3. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, Udaivilas offers you world-class dining and accommodation, along with the luxury of living in a sprawling residence with interconnecting domes and corridors. The luxury suite here costs 3,50,000 rupees a night.
4. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
One of the country’s largest private residences, part of it is managed by the Taj Hotels group. One night in the royal suite demands 2,50,000 rupees. The palace gives you a once-in-a-lifetime experience of basking in the royal luxury, with a museum close at hand and world-class services at your door.
5. The Leela Palace, New Delhi
The Leela Palace is located in the Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi. It has a rooftop swimming pool that offers a spectacular view of the city’s skyline. Gourmet food and Jacuzzi facilities simply add to the pleasure of staying here, where spending a night in the grand suite costs you 1,20,000 rupees.
6. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala
Set in the midst of the famous backwaters of Kerala, the Kumarakom Lake Resort even won the title of the leading resort in the World Travel Awards. The rooms here are modelled on the 16th-century Kerala homes, a stay in one of which will cost you 50,000 rupees a night.
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7. The Oberoi Amar Vilas, Agra
The Amar Vilas in Agra offers one a splendid view of the Taj Mahal in the distance. The architecture is infused with Indo-Islamic influences, and makes for a delightful ambiance. Shell out 1,50,000 rupees and revel in the artistic royalty of the experience.
8. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
The resort is known to be the site of a 280-year-old Shiva temple, a fact which simply adds historical value to its grandeur. The Luxury and Kohinoor villas here even have private pool services, to avail which one needs only to spare an amount of 2,00,000 rupees.
9. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Once the residence of the Paigah family of Hyderabad, the Falaknuma Palace is now managed by Taj Hotels. The unique coming-together of traditional and colonial architectural styles provides the perfect setting for a lavish experience. The Nizam suite is the greatest of all accommodations in the palace, and will cost you a sum of 4,00,000 rupees a night.
10. The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai
Rejuvenating itself after the horrific attack of 2008, the Taj Palace in Mumbai still boasts of extravagance. Located in the heart of Colaba, the hotel offers impeccable services. A stay here costs you 1,00,000 rupees a night.
11. The Leela Palace, Udaipur
With stunning views of the Aravalis and the City Palace, the Leela Palace boasts a lake-facing pool and world-class amenities. There are eight majestic suites, a stay at one of which will cost you about 1,00,000 rupees a night.
12. The Oberoi, Gurgaon
One of the world’s leading luxury hotels, The Oberoi Gurgaon is known for extravagance. It offers tranquility right in the heart of the city, with expansive rooms and lawns promising you a luxurious affair. Staying one night in the most premium suite here would cost around 2,50,000 INR.
13. Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
This is among the oldest hotels in India, having been built in 1887. A vibrant exhibition of colonial architecture, the Grand Hotel is also known as the Grand Dame. A stay here would cost 2,00,000 INR.
14. Park Hyatt, Goa
Situated near Acrossim Beach, the Park Hyatt was the first Hyatt hotel in the country. A splendid pool overlooking the property and suites with private balconies are only a few of the many amenities which make this resort so alluring. A stay here may cost you about 1,50,000 rupees.
15. Taj Land’s End, Mumbai
Overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Bandra bandstand, Taj Land’s End gives visitors an experience they cannot forget. Rooms with spectacular views of the ocean come at a cost of about 1,80,000 rupees per night.
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful time staying at (or dreaming about) these most expensive hotels in India!