By Ashita Bhandari
De-stressing from the monotony of work and life has become a necessity of modern times. But even if it wasn’t a weekend break is always a good idea. Here are a few of the most beautiful and luxurious palaces, hotels and resorts in India that have to be experienced, not just visited. So go on, spoil yourself.
Built in 1746 by Maharaja Jagat Singh II, this “floating vision in marble” is the epitome of luxury and experience. You arrive by boat and are welcomed like royalty. Fairytale settings, private dining and relaxing spas are just a part of the experience at this world-renowned beauty.
Cost per night: INR 21,000 onwards (for two)
24 km from Udaipur airport
Often visited by royalty and celebrities, this resort is no less than paradise. With a range of Ayurveda therapies spas and other extraordinary experiences, this lake resort perfectly blends Kerala’s traditional architectural style with modern amenities. Be at peace with nature in a heritage villa with private pool or enjoy time out on a Kerala houseboat.
Cost per night: INR 15,000 onwards (for two)
54 km from Kochi airport
Sprawling across 23 acres of land and a glistening man-made lake covering over 5 acres, this resort, which is inspired by nature, is the perfect spot for leaving the woes of the workday week behind. Some of the rooms come equipped with a private Jacuzzi while a walk around the property might just mean encountering geese, swans and rabbits.
Cost per night: INR 6,000 onwards (for two)
6 km from Pondicherry airport; approx. 130 km from Chennai airport
This is evergreen resort never disappoints. With a private beach, rejuvenating spas, a fine seaside restaurant and plenty of activities for every member of the family, Fort Aguada is the place to go to get your mind off the mundane.
Cost per night: INR 13,000 onwards (for two)
37 km from Goa airport
Set amidst the ruins of ancient empires and temples, this resort redefines luxury to another level. An oasis of botanical wilderness surrounds the suites and pavilions of the retreat. Take a break from luxuriating by making a day trip to the nearby Sariska National Park.
Cost per night: INR 50,000 onwards (for two)
96 km from Jaipur airport
Situated amidst the Himalayan forests of Sikkim, set on 48 acres of land, the amenities include an on-site casino! A couple of days may not be enough for this resort with its spa and picturesque view of the mountains.
Cost per night: INR 10,000 onwards (for two)
Approx. 124 km from Bagdogra airport
Blending the best of Indian and Mughal architectural styles, this 475-year-old palace turned hotel celebrates the senses with its exceptional hospitality and opulent interiors. With intricately carved designs on walls, rugs and ceilings, and flowers that follow you everywhere, spend a weekend here to feel like royalty.
Cost per night: INR 12,000 onwards (for two)
55 km from Jaipur airport
One of India’s richest parks, the Pench National Park derives its name from the Pench River in the heart of India. Dense deciduous forests, a hilly terrain and a rich variety of wildlife await you in Pench and a stay at the Taj Hotels’ Baghvan Lodge is the perfect starting point for your safari.
Cost per night: INR 18,000 onwards (for two)
90 km from Nagpur airport
In the last few years a visit to Gulmarg has become synonymous with a stay at Khyber. At 8,825 feet above sea level, in the foothills of the Himalayas, this 85-room resort offers panoramic mountain views, a restful setting, outdoor activities and rejuvenating spa treatments. After an exhausting day, a cozy hotel with a spectacular view is just what you need.
Cost per night: INR 11,500 onwards (for two)
58 km from Srinagar airport