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Our Pick of India's Heritage Hotels

At Explore, we’re naturally passionate travellers. We love to pop our ‘out-of-office’ messages on, get on the road and go in search of something new… or in this case old! Heritage hotels can be found all over India, whether it’s a quaint haveli in Rajasthan, a Colonial mansion in the highlands, a converted Maharajah’s palace or a Portuguese house in the south, we’ve found some wonderful places we’d love to share with you:

Chris Ellis liked Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli

“Built in 1938, Bhanwar Vilas Palace is the residence of the former ruler of Karauli, the Maharajah still lives here too; it’s great to sit down and have a chat to him, listening to his stories of a bygone age. Rooms aren’t luxurious but they are unique, plus the main areas are wonderful - full of historical paintings and ornaments”.

Visit this hotel on our Classic Rajasthan suggested itinerary


Claire McCrum enjoyed The Woodville Palace, Shimla. 

The Woodville Palace is one of few heritage hotels in Shimla. Once the summer home of the Maharajah of Jubbal, a town within Shimla, the Woodville Palace was built in 1938. Still run by the Maharajah’s family to this day, the hotel has a lovely authentic and homely feel to it.”

Visit this hotel on our Toy Trains and Temples extension


Samantha Manning recommends Udai Kothi, Udaipur.

“Udai Kothi has won an array of awards and it’s easy to see why. I recommend a stay here for the rooftop pool alone; it has fabulous views over Pichola Lake, dinners are served on the terrace by candlelight (extremely romantic!) and it’s family run so you feel really welcome too – definitely one of my favourite hotels in Udaipur.”

Visit this beautiful hotel on our suggested Classic Rajasthan itinerary 


Hannah Methven loved the Welcome Heritage Panjim Inn, Goa.

“Built in the late 1800s the Panjim Inn was one of the first colonial mansions in the Latin Quarter of Goa. The house is a welcome break from the busy streets of Panjim with the collection of artwork, carved teak furniture and family heirlooms on display all adding to the relaxed feel.  I loved staying here because each room is different and quirky in its own way”.

Stay in this quirky hotel on our Southern Indian Gems suggested itinerary


Chris Ellis admired The Imperial Hotel, Delhi. 

“The Imperial Hotel is possibly one of the best hotels in Delhi. Built in 1936, it blends Art Deco design with Victorian décor in two separate wings. Although it’s a little more expensive than some other hotels in Delhi, it won’t break the bank and is definitely worth considering.”

Visit this hotel on our classic tailormade Golden Triangle itinerary


Samantha Manning visited the Bal Samand Garden Retreat, Jodhpur.  

“This hotel is located on the edge of a lake; the main building is the residence of the former Maharajah of Jodhpur while the old stables have been converted into rooms, overlooking the large gardens. The Bal Samand offers a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur City.”

Live like a maharajah (for a short while!) and stay in this hotel on our Classic Rajasthan itinerary


Chris Ellis highly recommends Rambagh Palace, Jaipur.

“Rambagh Palace is pure luxury if you fancy indulging for a few nights. Originally built in 1835 for the Queen’s favourite man-servant, it was then converted to a palace for the Maharajah of Jaipur before becoming a hotel within the Taj brand. The hotel is incredibly polished with hand-carved marble work, manicured gardens and ornate decorations. It was an incredible place and somewhere I’d love to visit again, perhaps just for dinner next time!”

Stay at this hotel on our classic Golden Triangle itinerary

If you fancy adding any of these historical hotels to your tailor-made itinerary or want to hear about our other recommendations call us now on 01252 884 851

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