Heritage properties, which include palaces, mansions, and homes from the colonial era, provide a window into the wealthy past of that time. At these magnificent heritage hotels spread around India, take in the beauty and elegance while time stands still.
Chittoor Kottaram, Kerala
The former ruling family of Kochi resided in this exquisite mansion as their royal dwelling. This one-key castle hotel on the backwaters is simple, designed for isolation, and emits a strong spiritual connection in contrast to the lavish palaces in Rajasthan. You may get to a location that was once home to ancient cultures by taking a short boat ride from Kochi on the mainland. Enjoy the subtle majesty of a building with wooden roofing that have seen the passage of time and majestic architecture that will take you back in time. The building has undergone minimal restoration and is surrounded by artwork (Lady Hamlyn’s Trust artwork is on display there).
With a butler assigned to each guest, exclusive art performances, sundowners, and rides through the seclusion of the backwaters, privacy is the biggest luxury offered here. It is ideal for solitary and leisurely vacations.
Fort Barwara, Rajasthan
A stunning fort from the fourteenth century was delicately transformed into a Six Senses haven of wellness. It is situated in front of the Chauth ka Barwara Mandir shrine and was once owned by a Rajasthani Royal Family. This fort has been converted into a beacon of luxury with 48 suites thanks to conservation initiatives including rewilding the forest to the east with native species and revitalizing the Barwara lake. Within the fort’s walls, two heritage temples have been preserved. The fort is now equipped with sustainable practices such using locally grown organic food, conserving water through an internal bottling plant, and promoting local handicrafts by hiring local artists.
Jehan Numa Palace, Madhya Pradesh
This magnificent building was constructed in 1890 by General Obaidullah Khan, the supreme commander of the Bhopal State Force, as a tribute to the combined architectural prowess of the Classical Greek, British Colonial, and Italian Renaissance styles. Before being renovated as a hotel, the Jehan Numa Palace, located on the slope of Shamla Hill, served as a government hostel and a Geological Survey of India office. The discriminating traveller is invited to relax in tranquillity and natural beauty by the arching walkways, colonnaded verandahs, and lush lawns.