Holidays are a time of relaxation and calm. They are a period when we like to soak ourselves in luxury and lay back, enjoying a break from work. Spending time with family, taking time for oneself and roaming around an unknown land while getting to know the history and culture. Now that describes the perfect holiday.

With its status as a state of living history, Rajasthan is the perfect place for anyone to spend their vacation. The state is marked with its distinctive culture, gorgeous desert landscapes, and some of the best-preserved and maintained forts, havelis, stepwells and heritage structures that the country has to offer.

A holiday in the state is your ticket to enjoying the same comforts as an Indian Royal. Here is a list of 22 of the most luxurious heritage hotels in Rajasthan where you can vacation like a Maharaja.

Rajmahal Palace RAAS, Jaipur

Constructed in 1729, the Rajmahal Palace has long been the residence of Jaipur’s royalty. In 1821, it underwent an Art Deco makeover and became home to the British resident of the Rajputana. Having been the home of Maharaja Sawai Man ‘Jai’ Singh and Maharani Gayatri Devi for a long time, the palace finds special mention in the Maharani’s Memoirs, “A Princess Remembers.”

The palace was refurbished by interior designer Adil Ahmed into the luxury heritage hotel today. The Rajmahal Palace Hotel is your chance at sharing the same royal experience with the Palace’s famous visitors like the Kennedys, the British Royals, and the Shah of Iran.

The Colonnade - Rajmahal Palace RAAS Jaipur, photo credits Rajmahal Palace RAAS Jaipur and Avesh Gaur

The Colonnade – Rajmahal Palace RAAS Jaipur, photo credits Rajmahal Palace RAAS Jaipur and Avesh Gaur

Marble staircases, vintage interiors and original royal possessions are sure to make your stay at the Rajmahal Palace like no other. The hotel has 13 rooms and suites furnished with a combination of family heirlooms and artefacts, some even named after famous visitors who stayed in them during their visits.

You could reside in the Kennedy, the Mountbatten, and the Princess of Wales. The rooms are laden with luxury amenities and magnificent décor that will leave you feeling like a Maharaja yourself.

RAAS Rajmahal Palace offers a mix of Indian and international cuisines from three restaurants: The Colonnade, 51 Shades of Pink and Orient Occident. The Polo Bar, a tiffany blue ode to Polo, offers a litany of cocktails, wines and spirits, both local and international.

RAAS Rajmahal offers a load of experiences around the hotel to their guests – a visit to the Johri Bazaar, shopping at Narain Niwas Palace, visiting other heritage sites such as the Hawa Mahal Palace, the Amer Fort and the City Palace.