Taj Mahal / Temple in Gadi Sagar lake
The seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world has some outstanding hotel establishments where you can enjoy luxury at its best.
Glorious colonial architecture, beautiful interiors and exquisite gardens echo the golden age of India when Rajs ruled and empires flourished. Regal peacocks roam the gardens, which create a tranquil and secluded haven form the bustle of the city outside its walls.
Housed in the Heritage wing of of the hotel, the aptly named Heritage Rooms, where you will be luxuriously ensconced, were built over a hundred years ago, have lovely views of the verdant garden terrace with the most venerated, 150 years old Banyan Tree and are located just a few steps from the sparkling swimming pool.
Dining is an unforgettable experience at Maidens Hotel as you savour the best of Indian cuisine and international cuisine in magnificent surroundings. Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts amidst lush gardens at the Garden Terrace or dine in style in an aura of timeless elegance at The Curzon Room. Named after the British Viceroy Lord Curzon, over 70 photographs from the early 1900s will take you on a nostalgic trip of the Raj in India. Enjoy a nightcap in the elegant Cavalry Bar after dinner, which offers a range of fine wines and whiskies.
Resting in the northern Delhi suburb of Civil Lines, amidst turn-of-the-century bungalows and lush green gardens, Maidens Hotel is ideally located just a few kilometres away from famous Mughal monuments and popular Indian bazaars. Other interesting attractions close to the hotel include the Jama Masjid Mosque, The Red Fort, which was the seat of the Mughal Empire and the breath-taking Bahai Temple.
Shahpura House – Jaipur
Once residence of erstwhile rulers and scion of the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs, this gloriously restored and converted hotel offers guests a unique home-away-from-home retreat. Rare among hotels it has remained a family home, where the members of the late ruling family welcome you as their honoured guest.
Exuding a timeless grace and charm, the magnificent abode is a fine example of traditional Shekhawati architecture, displaying a fascinating mixture of Mughal and Indian design in the glorious façade. Seamlessly merging old with new, family portraits and exquisite frescoes can be found throughout the manor.
Be pampered during your stay in one of the hotel’s lovely suites, which are tastefully designed and furnished in a traditional Rajasthan style with decorated with frescoes, coloured aarish and carved marble pillars.
Rest tired muscles and feet after a day of sightseeing at the exclusive Shahpura House Spa, where you can treat your body to luxurious rejuvenation and relaxation on a truly royal scale. Serenely appointed spa suites overlook the pool and inspire the spirit, body and mind to escape to another world under the healing hands highly skilled and trained therapists.
Savour exquisite cuisine and fine wines in the hotel’s fine dining restaurants where culinary masterpieces, an opulent, relaxed atmosphere and spectacular night time views blend in perfect harmony. Linger over lunch next to the sparkling pool or relax on the rooftop terrace with a refreshing drink, before enjoying a candlelit dinner under the stars. The vibrant Bar at Shahpura House is fun and relaxed with a well-stocked bar of a variety of tipple.
Nestled in a plush residential area of Jaipur away from the bustle and chaos of the city, the hotel is surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, offering a spellbinding landscape of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples to explore.
Taj Gateway Ganges Hotel – Varanasi
Sprawled over 40 acres of tropical gardens in the heart of the ancient temple city of Varanasi, the Taj Gateway Ganges Hotel offers an oasis of peace and tranquillity amidst the crowded venerable city. Designed to reflect the shape of the holy Swastik (the Swastika is an ancient symbol which re-presents good fortune and blessing), the recently renovated and refurbished hotel offers luxurious accommodation, fine local and international cuisine and unparalleled service.
Modern, contemporary-chic rooms are airy and light with stylish décor and deluxe facilities. Spacious en-suite bathrooms offer large walk-in showers, and all rooms come equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, and tea/coffee making facilities. Enjoy beautiful views of the garden, swimming pool, or city from the privacy of your room as you relax in style.
Enjoy a distinctive dining experience and sublime cuisine at the The Gateway Hotel, where you explore an exotic fusion of traditional Indian and Pan-Asian tastes and flavours. From casual, all-day eateries to formal, fine dining, you will be hard-pressed to decide what delicious meal to have next. Toast the setting sun at the chic Prinsep Bar after a day of discovery.
Keep fit in the exclusive gym and health spa and cool off in the exquisite swimming pool or head to the exclusive in-house spa where full-time beauty therapists will pamper and spoil you to your heart’s content.
Ideally located just a short stroll from the centre of Varanasi, the hotel is close by to a number of interesting attractions, the most important of which is the Ganges River. Regarded as the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, Varanasi is believed to be about 3,000 years old. Closely associated with the River Ganges and the river’s religious importance, the city is regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.