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Located midway between Jaipur and Udaipur, the once the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura, is now a small boutique hotel still owned by the same family. The hotel is situated in a verdant wetland, and has incredible bird-watching...

This superb “Fortress of the Sun” overlooks the Thar desert, right in the heart of Rajasthan. It has been named the most extraordinary hotel in the world by Lonely Planet. "Few hotels are created without compromise, Mihir Garh is a...

This is a superb beach lodge set in 18 acres of shady lawns with 18 lovely thatched cottages scattered through gardens whose highlight is a fabulous 70ft pool overlooking the sea. There is a morning yoga class as well as...

This is Taj's 3rd tier of hotel brands, but this is a lovely hotel, set amid 6 acres of gardens, with superb views of the Taj Mahal from rooms on the 3rd floor and above, and a breath-taking 'skylounge' where...

Set on a 162-hectare coffee and spice estate, this luxe resort is 12.5 miles (19 km) from Dubare Elephant Camp by the Kaveri River and 30 miles (46 km) from Nagarhole National Park. Featuring colonial-style decor, tile floors and hardwood...

This upscale resort set in 73 hectares of rainforest lies 5 miles (8 km) from the 17th-century Madikeri Fort and 8.5 miles (13 km) from the scenic Abbey Falls. Featuring exposed beams and paneled ceilings, the luxurious rooms have free...

The stark panorama of Jaisalmer’s Thar Desert lies all around this luxury tented camp. The huge main tent includes a small bar and a library with comfy leather chairs for lounging in. Organic ingredients come from the on-site garden, but...

Temple-spotting has never been easier than from this upscale property. You can see the erotic carvings on the temples of the western section of Khajuraho from almost every room, including the luxurious spa. Interiors are marble and sandstone, with artefacts...

Deep reds and purples mark the plush interiors of this stylish Jaipur hotel. With the Aravali Mountains for a backdrop, the emphasis here is on relaxation, and the full service spa has an extensive list of traditional treatments. Featuring contemporary...

A more intimate camp than most of its high-end competitors, the circle of tents still all have their own patios. The complex has a hacienda feel to it, and it gets incredibly atmospheric in the evening as lanterns glow and...

The name Mahua Kothi draws its inspiration from one of India's most beautiful trees, the Madhuca Indica, or as it is commonly known, the Mahua or butter tree. Pronounced 'ma-hoo-a', this tree with its fleshy off–white flowers plays a central...

With over a century of history and the boast of being a former King’s residence, Darjeeling can be a truly regal experience. 6,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas, your head is in the clouds, surrounded by colonial décor...

Given the lack of surrounding walls, you feel as if you’re truly out in the open in this luxury tented compound. Tastefully spaced out, the tents have white drapes and traditionally woven beds. Each guest has a butler to serve...

The Malabar House is more than a beautifully designed heritage hotel. It is an art hotel, home of a carefully curated collection, highlighting Kerala’s composite culture as a passage between East and West. The rooms are comfortable and the service...

Historical suites and even an in-hotel cinema make this a very special hotel, even compared to the grand hotels of the region. Famously the site of Liz Hurley’s wedding to Arun Nayar, you’re surrounded by period furniture, original artworks and...

Set tastefully back from the bustling centre of Jaipur, this recreated Rajasthani fort is set in 13 acres of landscaped gardens and orchards. The plush public areas are all set in the main fort building, while the rooms are arranged...

It seems as if almost the entire hotel is fashioned from white marble, giving the place a lofty, minimalist design feel. The outside architecture, though, is based on the intricate Rajput Palace. This is a hotspot for Bollywood celebrities with...

The Arabian Sea laps into this man made lagoon around which this resort has been built. The gardens conceal a wealth of private villas and secluded public areas and even a 12-hole golf course. The lobby itself is temple-like and...

You know you’re doing something right when you’re regularly feted as one of the best hotels in India. A landmark in itself, there’s a sense of old-world propriety and statesman-like décor. Rooms enjoy period details and Victorian furniture and you...

The 50-room Dusit Devarana is a contemporary interpretation of Indian and Thai sensibilities, with a 330-foot-long pool as the centerpiece. Located on the outskirts of New Delhi, just 10 minutes from the airport, the city center and historic sights such...

Arriving by boat sets the bar of exotic elegance at a high level, but thankfully the hotel is well-equipped to maintain it. Set in an 18th-century palace encompassing a Lake Pichola island, this luxury marble hotel once featured in a...

Delhi's Taj Mahal Hotel is the flagship hotel of the Taj Group; Prince Charles' preferred hotel in Delhi. Located in Luytens’ Delhi, towards the southwest of India Gate, set amidst resplendent gardens - truly an oasis of calm in this...

Set 1 mile (1.6 km) from Humayun's Tomb, this superb hotel is also 1.5 miles (2.3 km) from India Gate and 6 miles (9 km) from the Red Fort. The modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, minibars and paid...

Set in the Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave, this luxury hotel is 4.2 miles (6.3 km) from the airport. The elegant rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. The lavish suites add lounges, while the expansive upgraded suites have...

Over a hundred years old, this quirky Heritage-listed Georgian property is located near Old Delhi. Colonial columns frame stained glass windows and the swimming pool looks like a period antique. Charming gardens surround the building and even the standard rooms...

This palatial luxury hotel is 4.3 miles (6.8 km) from the Qutb complex and 5.2 miles (7.9 km) from Humayun's Tomb. Elegant city- or courtyard-view rooms feature flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. Lavish suites add separate living...

With just 8 rooms, this modern boutique hotel in leafy New Friends Colony surrounded by gardens is 2.8 miles (4.4 km) from the iconic Lotus Temple. Deluxe, contemporary rooms with stylish wood panelling feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with DVD...

Built in 1931, The Imperial tastefully harkens back to the colonial era, with suite-sized entry-level rooms and ornately-fashioned ceilings. Of the 5 gourmet restaurants and 2 chic bars, the 1911 bar and the colonnaded veranda stand out, and the breakfast...

This elegant 1952 hotel, fronted by a resplendent lawn that immediately calms you upon arrival, is 1.5 miles (2.1 km) from the India Gate war memorial. It is 5.5 miles (9 km) from the vast, imposing 17th-century Red Fort Mughal...

Ladakh: the very name conjures up visions of a spectrum of stunning, vibrant colours, ancient monasteries, cobalt blue lakes, high altitude passes and nomadic tribes with their Pashmina goats across an arid landscape surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Recreate the magic...

Another flagship property of the Taj Hotel group, this regal hotel sits on the banks of the Ganges River, set back amid tropical mango orchards and jasmine trees. The ten upscale suites have been welcoming the great and the good...

This stylish hideaway overlooks the Ganges, right by one of the quieter "ghats" in Varanasi: steps leading down to the river where where pilgrims flock and locals perform daily ablutions. The riverfront location lends an extra level of tranquility to...

Located an hour out of Agra, Chambal Safari Lodge is an oasis of tranquility and gracious hospitality, nestling in the midst of a sprawling 35 acre heritage plantation of large old growth trees, surrounded by family owned farmland. The Lodge...

Three large complexes house the rooms and suites of this great value hotel. It’s a favourite for bird watchers, the bird sanctuary being just a short walk away. Large verandas with inviting cane chairs stretch out for your viewing pleasure,...

Come for the Taj Mahal views, stay for, well, everything else. Landscaped lawns, mirrored pools and decorous pavilions all make this hotel one of the world’s most talked about. Luxurious rooms show off the highest Indian craftsmanship and have been...

Ananda is an award-winning luxury spa resort situated in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is surrounded by beautiful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges...

Built in the 19th Century by a Prime Minister in the Jaipur court and replete with history and legend, the lovingly restored Samode Haveli is an intimate and personal hotel. Dine between the stunning hand-painted walls or enjoy afternoon tea...

Checking in, you’ll immediately be assured of the good company you’re keeping: this hotel has been a favorite of royalty and Indian A-listers since it opened in 1957. The rooms include a number of ‘historical suites’, which are especially opulent....

Located on the outskirts of Jaipur, away from the hustle and bustle, the peaceful 39 suites are understated, with handsome furnishings blended with refined Indian flourishes, including carved wood panels and silver lanterns. All of the suites have decadent bathtubs...

The spacious and light-filled apartments, suites and rooms of Rajmahal Palace have recently undergone extensive refurbishment. And what a fabulous job they have done! Wallpaper, specially created for each room, tell the many stories of Jaipur, its rulers, their legacies...

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