Surbhi Chanana hails from Delhi and has worked in the PR Industry for about 8 years. She quit her high paying job to pursue her passion- Traveling. Experiencing diverse cultures, dialects, food, humanities and civilizations is what interests her the most.
She has been traveling extensively for the past two years and has covered multiple destinations, national as well international. Internationally, Dubai, Vietnam, Thailand & Indonesia has been on her radar and in India, Down South, Mysore, Coorg, Kerala (Backwaters), Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram to Up North (Jaipur, Amritsar, Himachal Pradesh) and metro cities as Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai has been covered by her. More than the destinations, it has been the heritage properties & hotels that she has been reviewing.
The Modern Day Traveler is more keen on experiencing and staying at heritage properties wherever they travel in India and hence restoring old heritage properties into beautiful splendid properties is on a rise. Some of the beautiful palaces that you can visit from Delhi by road to experience some royalty and old Indian culture are mentioned below:
Laxmi Vilas, Bharatpur ~Take a walk down the Royalty
- Distance from Delhi: 200 kms
- Time Taken: 4 hrsPrice for Two Nights for a Couple:
- Price for Two Nights for a Couple: INR 10,000/- (approx, price may vary)
Laxmi Vilas Palace, offers an amazing blend of Heritage, Royalty & Modern Amenities, close to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on Agra Jaipur Highway. The heritage hospitality goes beyond the narrowly appointed rooms, period decor, and antique furniture. One can enjoy a plush meal acclaimed by national as well as international travellers. The best of creative style is equally distinguished by warmth and personal involvement of their attention to various intangibles that define the rich and varied heritage culture.
Laxmi Vilas Palace is a reflection of Royal heritage of Jat rulers. From a Royal Palace to a heritage hotel, Laxmi Vilas Palace has become a great attraction in the small town of Bharatpur. It is a premium heritage hotel just 1 kilometer away from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The hotel offers accommodation in two wings with 75 rooms divided into two categories- Classic Rooms and Royal suites. The rooms are spaciously steeped in heritage theme with all the basic modern amenities and attached bathroom.
The spectacular restaurant and bar would be perfect for a wine and dine evening with your family. Enjoy the mouthwatering food with lavish drinks. One can also spend leisure time by poolside, in the courtyard with a cup of tea, in the lush green gardens, or by the snooker table.
Tijara Fort Palace, Rajasthan; Simplicity as Style
- Distance from Delhi: 100 kms
- Time Taken: About 2.5 hours
- Price for Two Nights for a Couple: INR 12,000/- (approx, prices can vary)
Neemrana Hotels have restored many historical ruins over the last two decades. Neemrana continues to revitalize many old properties in destinations that are off the beaten track. The heritage properties across India hold out the unique opportunity of experiencing a panorama of 700 years of history – from the 14th to the 21st centuries. Amongst these historical ruins were some former Palaces in India, namely The Baradari Palace, India (Patiala, Punjab) and the flagship property, Neemrana Fort-Palace, India (NH 8, Rajasthan). Neemrana’s Palaces in India are situated in culturally rich locations such as Patiala and Alwar respectively.
Neemrana’s project, the 19th century Tijara Fort-Palace is an architectural wonder with the most amazing hanging gardens sited on a hilltop overlooking an unspoilt countryside that changes colours with the seasons. Its restored palaces are already being referred to as the most memorable stopovers, adding colour to the numerous Forts & Palaces in India.
Samode Palace, Jaipur- Exclusive & Discreet
- Distance from Delhi: 250 kms
- Time Taken: About 4.5 hours
- Price for Two Nights for a Couple: INR 18,000/- approx, prices can vary)
Samode Palace has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and the discerning traveller. Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians. Run your fingers across the intricate story of an ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into the lavish bed in your room. Samode Palace weaves its magic on you.
A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels – a magical hospitality and rare courtesy.
The Accommodation: The accommodation in Samode Palace redefines the word comfort. Each elegantly and luxuriously furnished room has its own unique personality. Four poster-beds draped with sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches invite you to relax. The flowers follow you everywhere – in the courtyards, the painted lounges, the charming prints on the flowing curtains, on the linen that softly brushes against you, with the rose petals that float in your bathtub in the beautiful intricate patterns on the rich carpets beneath your feet.
Come alone, or better still, come with someone – for in Samode, romance is the essence.
The Dining: Dining at Samode Palace is a treat for the senses. The two restaurants offer a choice of Royal Indian delicacies or scrumptious Asian and European fare.
Recreation: At the Samode Palace you will never be short of things to do. You can begin with a walking tour to discover the beauty of the hotel. Swim in a clear marble and mosaic swimming pool or laze by the rooftop infinity pool and catch a breathtaking sunset with the vistas of the Aravali Range. The Spa offers luxurious massage therapies by trained professionals.
Ram Bihari Palace, Alwar; The Royal Retreat
- Distance from Delhi: 180 kms
- Time Taken: About 4 hours
- Price for Two Nights for a Couple: INR 22,000 (approx., these can vary)
Ram Bihari palace, known as Kishanpur Palace to locals, sits on the foothills of the Aravali mountain range in the ancient city of Alwar. The history of the palace dates back to more than 300 years to the illustrious rule of the Maharaja of Alwar. The palace is a true blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. What makes the palace truly unique is its location. Overlooking the iconic serine Siliserh Lake surrounded by the forests of Sariska, Ram Bihari palace enjoys the best of both worlds, wild and romantic.
The Palace is restored to its former glory by Ram Bihari Kaushik in order to offer to its guests a piece of the world of the blue bloods of Alwar. Before Ram Bihari Palace, The Dadhikar Fort, Alwar was brought back to life by himself making this his second project.
Ram Bihari Palace offers an experience immersed in abundance of magical hospitality rare courtesy. The sumptuous interiors, well-manicured gardens, traditional Rajasthani decor, impeccable craftsmanship will usher you into a world that effortlessly balances traditional grandeur modern luxury.
The palatial palace overlooking the serine Siliserh Lake is ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway or a destination wedding
So, where do you plan to drive down the coming weekend? Do try out these properties for a relaxed weekend getaway with your family and loved ones.