10 Luxury Hotels in India
India is a country with full of contrasts will take tourists to a paradise of luxury and well-being where they forget about routine for a few days.
There is no country in the world that produces such constant contrasts in a single day ." And is not for less. The more than 3,200 million square kilometers that make up the surface of India are reason enough for tourists to define with these words to this South Asian territory. In such a large area of land there are so many different ways of life - they even have almost own climates - that can transport the traveler from the poorest homes to luxury and absolute opulence.
If you want a dreamlike experience where to travel back in time to the time of the Maharajas , India is your destination. In this tour of nine of the most magical hotels in the world you can sleep as if you were the protagonist of the tale of 'The Thousand and One Nights'.
All the accommodations have the five-star Grand Luxury category , a mention that is only suitable for those who offer their clients pure exclusivity. The best? That all are encompassed within a route that takes tourists to the times of maximum splendor of India.
1. Hotel Imperial, New Delhi
More than twelve hours of flight separates Madrid from Delhi - if the trip does not stop. After this tiring journey, nothing better than staying at the Imperial Hotel, an English colonial building that is an "oasis of tranquility" in the midst of the car horn chaos that approaches us when getting off the plane . Marble and resplendent gardens come together in a unique enclave from which we can go out to know the Chadni Chowk bazaar of the capital of India, the largest mosque in Asia -Jama Masjid, only visitable if there is no cult-, Humayun's Tomb or the Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was incinerated.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rajasthan
Former private residence of marajás, this hotel does not allow visits to tourists who are not part of its clientele. The spectacular nature of its facilities, with its bright floors and high ceilings, invites foreigners to come together to immortalize their unique photographic cameras. However, your efforts will be in vain, because only if you stay overnight in your rooms is access to the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Chosen as the best hotel in the world in 2016 , this accommodation will serve as a base station to get to know Jodhpur. The 'blue city', as some call it by its sky-colored houses, offers visitors a stroll through the interior of the famous Mehrangarh Fort.
3. Serai and Suryagarh, Jaisalmer
After an exotic trip through the Thar desert, nothing better than resting in a palace-fortress . Although it seems like something of mirages, in the middle of the dunes stands an imposing building dating from the eighteenth century that will delight guests in their cozy rooms. How could it be otherwise, the exterior of the palace is sand-colored, a golden tone that has nothing to envy to the desert itself. At dusk, after visiting the city of Jaisalmer, you can take a ride on the back of a camel.
In the months when the summer heat does not strike, tourists can also stay at The Seria, a private luxury camp carefully designed according to the ancient hunting sites organized by the marajás. This enclave is forced to close in summer, and until October it does not reopen its doors due to the very high temperatures registered in this desert area.
4. Mihir Gahr, Rajasthan
Does not it seem amazing that, in the desert, there is a hotel where all rooms have a Jacuzzi? Among them, its nine splendid suites boast in addition to offering their customers private pools that will alleviate the heat if the temperature tightens. The high mud walls with slightly rounded corners of this hotel are its main distinguishing feature, an architecture very different from that taught to the tourists by the members of the tribe of the Bishnois. The Bishnois stand out as the most ecological tribe in the world , to the point that they do not step on the grass that has grown above one centimeter in height and their women breastfeed the animals with their own breasts.
5. Lake Palace, Udaipur
Perhaps the Lake Palace is one of the best-known hotels in all of India. Its 16,000 square meters are bathed by Lake Pichola , an exceptional location that has earned him the alias of the ' most romantic hotel in the world '. This 18th century accommodation stands out for being built in white marble and, when the sun hits its walls, the brightness is such that it is confused with the reflection of the water. Inside, beautiful gardens with water lilies and pink bougainvillea will liven up the guests' stay. Each room is decorated with different colors and furniture.
In the town where you are, Udaipur, do not miss the Crystal Gallery, which can boast the Fateh Prakash Palace. There, the tourist will find crystal collections commissioned by Maharana Sajjan Singh at the F & C Osler England - one of the most exclusive glass factories in the world. Then, drop by the city palace , a unique building that some compare with Windsor Castle and has been listed as the largest in the region of Rajasthan.
In the surroundings of Udaipur through Palace on Wheels train, one hour by car, you can visit the white temples of Ranakpur - where women who have the period are prohibited entry - and its precious reliefs, some of them erotic.
6. Devigarh, Udaipur
The hotel Devigarh is located on the outskirts of Udaipur, in a very green area where if you try hard you may find the famous Mowgli among the panthers and tigers that populate the region. On a plain covered with traditional houses, this lodging stands imposing on the top of a hill . Its geographical location allows it to offer unparalleled views to its clients, who can play to get lost in the 'labyrinthine' map of their accommodation - plagiarized by gardens, patios and stairs-.
7. Ananta, Pushkar
Pushkar is one of the places of pilgrimage par excellence of India. Legend has it that the one who founded this city was the god Brahma , divine being who originated the universe after being born from the cosmic egg set by the goddess Ammavaru. Among other key points, one should not miss the opportunity to visit the Brahma temple. After the weariness of the day walking through its streets, nothing better than staying at the Ananta Hotel and its nine hectares of surface.
8. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
Oral tradition tells that the city of Jaipur was painted pink in honor of an English prince who visited its streets in colonial times. True or not, what is certain is that Jaipur is known worldwide for its omnipresent pink color : it is in the Palace of the Winds - whose original name is Hawa Mahal - and in its Amber Fort - whose door can be Access raised on elephant-, but also in the alleys that cost to cross because they are plagued by cows and other sacred animals.
A tea at the fantastic hotel in Rambagh Palace will help you recover your strength before resting at the Oberoi Rajvilas, where guests will have no choice but to fall for the beauty of its fountains, pools, gardens and night lighting .
9. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Perhaps this hotel is the most desired by tourists who come to India with the intention of knowing the Taj Mahal . Located just 600 meters from the most visited monument known throughout the country, the Oberoi Amarvilas is the only accommodation that overlooks the Taj Mahal from its rooms. Can you imagine taking a bubble bath while contemplating this marvel of the modern world? Here you can get it, because each and every one of its rooms have windows overlooking this ancient tribute to love carved in marble. Also, know more about the Palace on Wheels train tariff and explore the various destinations.
Of course, the visit to the Taj Mahal is a must, a place that is accessed after an electric car - to avoid emissions that blacken its whiteness - brings us closer to the door. Charge the battery of your camera and immortalize a unique place on the planet that leaves everyone open with an open mouth.