India is one of the most popular holiday destinations, partly because it’s cheap and partly because of the rich culture and experience it offers. If you are planning to travel to India in the near future, you might be looking for the best hotels in India to stay in. It’s a country with plenty of tourism infrastructure, there are more ATMs now and even some of the best banks for international travel are present in India.
Best Hotels in India
Whether you are travelling for leisure or for business, here are some of the best hotels in India you can book:
Nidhivan Sarovar Portico Hotel in Vrindavan
I simply loved this place. I was whackpacking here in 2016 for the infamous but disgusting sexually repulsive Holifest and I stayed at the Nidhivan Sarovar Portico Hotel in Vrindavan. Pure luxury from the moment I stepped in the door and the only place where I ever ordered room service – a fab curry and beer arrived at midnight.
The Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai is the situation in Mumbai’s business district, Nariman Point. It overlooks the Arabic sea and is part of the majestic Mumbai skyline. I’ve chosen this hotel because it’s beautiful and elegant. If you want, you can book a room overlooking the Arabic sea. Artworks such as the original paintings and the red piano add the aesthetic value of the place. Another reason I loved the hotel was because of its easy accessibility into the heart of Mumbai. You can walk around and will see so much of what Mumbai has to offer: restaurants, shopping areas, museums, and heritage buildings. I also recommend trying out Ziya, their contemporary Indian restaurant featuring Michelin star chef, Vineet Bhatia.
If you are looking for a hotel that would embody the culture of India, then I would recommend the Rambagh Palace. It was initially the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. That’s why spectacular mirror work, eye-soothing gardens, and intricate frescos are part of the package and tell the tale of the most majestic era of India.
Let me give you a heads up. Don’t be surprised by the King’s welcome. There will probably be women dressed in traditional attire with camels, horses, and elephants standing guard. The ladies welcome guests in the Indian manner with aarti and tilak.
Ananda in the Himalayas
Ananda in the Himalayas will remind you of old hill stations and their simple elegance. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern part of India, this award-winning hotel is basically a spa resort.
If you are looking for a rejuvenating experience, you should be staying in Ananda because this resort combines the traditional values of Indian wellness such as Yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedanta with the modern program and spa treatments such as detox, weight management, stress management, etc. Do sample their healthy organic cuisine.
You can also view the famous Indian holy river, the Ganges since its walking distance from the resort. And don’t worry the hotel offers all the amenities of a modern hotel including swimming hotels, spa, international cuisine and more.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
Originally the abode of the Nizam of Hyderabad, the Taj Falaknuma Palace offers an old English touch with its Italian marbles, stained-glass windows, and frescos on the ceiling. Expect a royal treatment from the time the hotel picks you up in a horse-drawn carriage to the reception where you a treated like a king.
There’s an enchanting beauty to the Taj Falaknuma Palace. Every room has a great view of the ancient city of Hyderabad. When you book the hotel, do try out their restaurants served in the Gol Bungalow or the Durbar hall that’s an aesthetical delight with its Belgium chandeliers and the views overlooking the massive gardens.
The experience you will enjoy at Aman-i-Khass will be quite different from any other hotel accommodation. You’ll be living in a tent. And not just any tent, a luxury one with an experience of Safari from the Ranthambore National Park, Mughal-inspired décor and butlers ready to offer you the best service.
Even though you will be living in a tent, you still will have access to Wi-Fi, spas and other luxury treatments. Since you will be living outside, I recommend choosing light clothes and portable items. If you want to experience nature and the wild and still want luxury, Aman-i-Khass will do that for you.
The Lodhi Hotel
My last recommendation is the Lodhi Hotel, located in the south-central part of New Delhi. It’s the urban retreat you might enjoy after walking in the hustle bustle of Delhi streets. The modern architecture combined with the beautiful landscape is just the thing you need to relax. The hotel is conveniently located near many of the most popular Delhi attractions such as the Lodhi Gardens and the Delhi golf club.
The amenities offered by the hotel are also one of the best in the city. They have the biggest swimming pools, gymnasiums, and tennis courts. Don’t forget to try out their cuisines. It might be the best food you will taste in Delhi.
Since these are the best luxury hotels, you can expect the rates might not be as cheap as you would expect them to be in India. All of the hotels listed above offer a different experience. That’s the beauty of India. From the traditional to the modern, there’s nothing that India doesn’t pride in.