Among its many mandates, our gay tour of India is meant to make you feel like royalty. And there’s nothing more important to a regal state of mind than a bed fit for a king. Or queen. Or maharani/ja. That’s why we’ve selected six special hotels (including several five-star properties) for this journey through Rajasthan. Feast your eyes on the chambers that await, your highness…
Things commence with a modern gem in New Delhi.
Welcome to The Leela Palace.
This hotel is revered as one of the most exquisite in New Delhi (currently sitting at #4 on Tripadvisor’s list of nearly 3000 properties). Located in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri, the property’s four restaurants include an outpost of world-famous Le Cirque, known for its French-Italian fare. For more recreational pursuits there’s also three bars, a multilevel spa, and the city’s only temperature-controlled rooftop swimming pool.
Our Agra hotel is almost as beautiful as the Taj Mahal. Almost.
The ITC Mughal is also a worthy award winner.
After checking out India’s most famous building – the Taj Mahal – unwind at the LEED Platinum-certified ITC Mughal Resort & Spa. Like the Taj Mahal, it’s an excellent example of Mughal architecture (even winning the Aga Khan Award for doing so). The property’s 23 acres of garden incorporate water channels, fruit trees, flowers and shaded walkways in tribute to its heritage.
The retreat offers 233 opulent rooms around three courtyards, and we’ve reserved the recently renovated Chamber rooms for our tour. They’re smartly decorated, ultra-comfortable, spacious and welcoming. Highlights include an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre, two bars and three restaurants.
A brlliant jewel awaits in Jaipur.
The second Leela Palace of our journey serves up its own distinct style.
Nestled against the majestic Aravalli Range of the Pink City, the hotel boasts over eight acres of landscaped gardens but remains close to quintessential heritage and tourism sites of the ancient complex. Its Rajputana heritage can be found in traditional thikri glass inlay, Shekhawati paintings and silver foiled domes.
Savour heritage elegance in Jodhpur.
It’s part of the vintage charm of Taj Hari Mahal.
Our Blue City accommodation is a celebration of Rajput and Mughal architecture. From its arch-shaped swimming pool, beguiling frescoes, latticed windows and flower-strewn fountains, the hotel evokes the essence of Rajasthan. Inside, the Luxury Pool View Rooms we’ve reserved are some of the most spacious on this tour.
Wallow in white-gloved hospitality while in Narlai.
The Rawla is a painstakingly restored country manor.
Between the countryside appeal and attentive service, Rawla Narlai evokes bygone opulence. Each of the uniquely decorated Grand Heritage Rooms we’ve reserved is furnished with British Colonial beds, side tables and armoires.
We’ve also arranged a special dinner that’s unique to this property, worthy of the royalty that used to vacation here. We’ll arrive at the hotel’s historic stepwell, illuminated by hundreds of flickering candles, then savour spicy cuisine in its unforgettable atmosphere.
Last stop: our Holi Festival Basecamp.
The Aurika sits on its own hilltop near Udaipur.
Spread over five acres, this resort offers grand courtyards, terraced gardens, and richly gilded interiors. Amenities are no less impressive, with a spa, well-equipped fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, library, and activity room all available.