Big Dreams, Small Budget? How to Stay at a Real Indian Palace for Less

It’s not that difficult really but before we divulge the secret, let’s start at the beginning and give these Palace Hotels the introduction they deserve.

Visualize this

As you arrive, a horse drawn carriage awaits to escort you to the palace doors. As you walk into your suite, you are greeted by your personal butler who stands by to fulfill your every request. Whether you desire a steaming cup of masala chai tea, a fresh bowl of fruit or want a fragrant bath prepared; he is at your beck and call.

No, this is not a scene out of a Regency Era novel. Rather, a memory you will carry from your vacation. You’ll come back knowing you’re royalty.


Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Photo Courtesy: Taj Hotels

Why stay at a palace hotel?

If you’re thinking medieval India? Centuries old rundown buildings? What about bathrooms and toilet paper? Prepare to be surprised!

The top palace hotels in India are 18th century palaces but with 21st century amenities. The Maharaja life with indoor plumbing and wireless internet AND ornate ceilings, regal four poster beds, hand-woven rugs, elaborate baths (with showers) and lots of pampering.


Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Photo Courtesy: Taj Hotels
These hotels get consistently ranked among the world’s best by known and established travel connoisseurs such as Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice, Forbes Traveler, New York Times Travel (to name a few). And for good reason!

The opulent ambiance together with their stellar hospitality makes for an unforgettable experience.

Here is something a client of ours recently experienced at one of these properties:

“I was enjoying a fresh guava. I mean, I was r-e-a-l-l-y enjoying it – and it must have been written all over my face! Because when I woke up the next morning, there was a bowl of fresh guavas waiting for me.

It was as if the staff was a guardian of my every wish. I will never forget this and I don’t think I’ll ever stay anywhere else when I visit India again.”

Okay, now that we’ve given a worthy introduction to the hotels in question, we’ll let you in on a little known secret…

The Big Reveal


During the summer and the monsoon (Mid-April to Mid-September), when most tourists have left India, these palace hotels slash their prices by 50 percent!

A tour of India just to sample all of the palace hotels would be well worth your time. But mix it up with experiencing India itself? Now, that would be the perfect trip!

You could –

Stand in the very place where the Buddha gained enlightenment and gave his first sermon. Or walk the narrow streets of the oldest living city of India and experience first hand how Indians have experienced life, death and divinity for millennia. Wander through its lost cities and ancient temples. Hear the stories of valiant kings as you walk through the forts they built. Savor real Indian food prepared with the same recipes for generations. Or feel your heart pound with raw adrenaline as you spy on that tiger prowling its lands. And at the end of the day, retire to your luxurious quarters in that palace.

So, how can you make this dream holiday happen?

We had promised you that it would be quite simple:

  1. Find some time in your calendar between the months of April and Sept to visit the North of India.
  2. Once you have your dates picked out, get in touch!
Call/chat with our knowledgeable India travel specialists. We can help you plan your holiday from flight tickets down to the minutest details (including the personal butler).

Need inspiration? Check out our list of the most popular itineraries that really appeal to the western visitor.

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There are just so many wonderful things to see in India that we always run out of breath and space while listing them. Thousand-year-old temples, tropical forests, buzzing cities, delicious food, luxurious hotels – this is the beginning! Luckily, we know India inside out. We know how to make sure that your trips are full of magical moments while being comfortable at the same time. We'd appreciate the chance to plan the details for your trip..... Read More