5-Star Hotel Guide


Colonial opulence still echos across this vast state, with historic hotels and palaces contrasting with contemporary tented safaris


5-star hotel guide to Rajasthan

Covering 10% of the subcontinent, with Pakistan to its west and Punjab to its north, Rajasthan is India's largest state. This dusty but regal land is blessed with some of the most stunning palaces on the planet – many of which have been turned into unfathomable luxury hotels.

Before the East India Compny arrived in here, India was the wealthiest country on earth and Rajasthan was where much of the royal Maharajahs' wealth was concentrated. No wonder it was called the 'Land of Kings' and features so many astonishing palaces.

Today, Rajasthan offers incredible experiences that set the benchmark in the world of luxury travel. Floating ethereally on the gentle waters of Lake Pichola, a stay at the Taj Lake Palace is to die for. Piercing the skyline of the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace offers dreamy suites with a heady fusion of western Art Deco and Rajput ostentation. Meanwhile, Rambagh Palace revels in Mughal splendour, adorned with rich fabrics from the area surrounding the beautiful state capital, Jaipur. All this opulence is paired with faultless Rajput hospitality, a combination that never fails to make a lasting impression.

For any initiation into the wonders of India, Rajasthan is an absolute must.