India is the land of mystery. Pulsating with the heartbeat of 1.3 billion people, it is comprised of varying traditions, landscapes and culinary delights. India has something to offer for every traveler, whether you’re backpacking with an empty wallet or touring with a Centurion credit card. Luxury travel in India allows you to fully immerse yourself in the country’s ancient history and magical splendor, placing you inside royal palaces that were once occupied by kings and queens. To help you plan your million-dollar trip, we’ve compiled a list of India’s 5 most luxurious hotels:
Rambagh Palace $2,300/night | Jaipur
Built in 1835, the Rambagh Palace was home to Indian royalty — King, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II lived here with Queen, Mahaani Gayatri Devi. Now, 78 gorgeous chambers have been converted to beautiful suites.
Taj Lake Palace, $5,000/night | Udaipur
Exuding love, magic and tranquility, the Taj Lake Palace combines the beauty of nature with the comfort of luxury. Accessible by boat only, you’re greeted by a shower of rose pedals and a platter of sparkling refreshments. And yes, you recognize the Rambagh Palace from the James Bond film, Octopussy.
The Oberoi Udaivilas $11,000/night | Udaipur
Surrounded by nature, the Oberoi Udaivilas features a 20-acre wildlife sanctuary. Its courtyards and gardens are bathed in sunlight; its spa sits under a majestic crystal chandelier; and its bar is spread across a labyrinth of interconnecting domes. Everything about this place is magnificent.
The Oberoi Amarvilas $11,000/night | Agra
Upon approaching the Oberoi Amarvilas, you’re greeted by cascading fountains that sparkle in the light of flaming torches. Suites feature breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal, located only 600 metres away.
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower $1,000/night | Mumbai
If it’s good enough for Kanye West, it’s good enough for us. The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in India, offering gorgeous views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway to India.