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Leela Palace Udaipur is the best hotel in the country

Leela Palace, Udaipur
Leela Palace, Udaipur

Rajasthan seems to have developed a penchant for exquisite and exclusive hotels. No doubt, most of these hotels are a different class altogether which make them loved ones among those who are looking for something elite. As per TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice survey for 2017 among the top 25 hotels in India, 9 are in Rajasthan and all the top three are from state with two among them from Udaipur. Actually City of Lakes Udaipur along with Pink City Jaipur have three hotels each in the list which is maximum for any Indian city. And interestingly, in this list there is also a mini competition among the big hotel chains that quite explains the Indian hotel industry scenario. Among the top 25 hotels eight belong to the Oberoi Group of Hotels and seven to Taj Group of Hotels. That leaves only ten of top 25 out of the fold and among these ten two are from Orange County, one from Leela Group and One from ITC’s Fortune group. Rest six are independent boutique hotels or resorts.

Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur

Owing to its history, most of the top hotels in Rajasthan are either heritage hotels or the modern hotels with heritage look and feel. Numero uno hotel in India as per 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice is the Leela Palace at Udaipur. In a tough competition within the lake city, Leela Palace has established itself at the top notch. It was also voted most favourite leisure hotel of the country couple of years back by Conde Nast Traveller India readers. Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur is the second which was India’s top heritage hotel in 2014 in TripAdvisor travellers’s choice. At 3rd position in the list is arguably one of the most beautiful lake hotels in the world- Taj Lake Palace, again at Udaipur. Of the two Orange counties in the list, Orange county Coorg is at the fourth place. At 5th place is another city from Rajasthan- Jaipur through Oberoi Rajvilas. Oberoi has another property at 6th place, this time Oberoi Amar Vilas from Agra.

Orange Country Resorts, Kabini
Orange Country Resorts, Kabini

At no 7 is another of Orange county resort at Kabini, located in Nagarhole National Park which has been already included in National Geographic’s list of 25 best ecolodges in the world. On 8th is Wildflower Hall at Mashobra near Shimla which was sometime back, India’s best hill station hotel in TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice. 9th is third entrant from Oberoi bouquet in the top 10- The Oberoi, Bangalore. Completing top 10 among all these biggies is Namah at Dhikuli in the Jim Corbett National Park region.

Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.
Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.

At 11th is the third hotel from Udaipur- Oberoi Udaivilas, which for long has been touted as the costliest hotel in India. Next one is also from Oberoi, its flagship hotel in Gurgaon. 13th is second entrant from the Jim Corbett National Park- Aahana, the Corbett Wilderness. 14th in the list is a comparatively new entrant from Rajasthan- Suryagarh near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Built in a fort style on way to Sam dunes, this hotel is quickly rising up the ranks. 15th is Aveda Kumarakom in Kerala and next is a beautiful heritage property in Jaipur owned by, Oberoi again- Rambagh Palace. Then comes another Oberoi property- Oberoi Cecil in Shimla, a heritage hotel part of Shimla’s rich colonial history. The iconic Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has been ranked 18th and at 19th is third property from Jaipur in the list- Jai Mahal Palace. Only property from Goa in the list- Taj Exotica Goa at Benaulim is on the 20th position.

Amanbagh at Ajabgarh
Amanbagh at Ajabgarh

Among the last five, at 21st is the only ITC property in the list Fortune, The Savoy at Mussoorie. The Tamara Coorg at Yavakapadi Village is on 22nd position. There is no Delhi hotel in the list but Gurgaon has second hotel- Trident at 23rd. On 24th is Vivanta by Taj at Madikeri. Completing the list is Amanbagh at most unlikely of the places- Ajabgarh in Alwar, Rajasthan.

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Wildflower Hall tops the list of India’s hill station hotels

Wildflower_Hall
Wildflower Hall

Wildflower Hall at Mashobra near Shimla has been rated as India’s numero uno hill station hotel by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards. With bags already packed for the coming summer vacations in India, this list provides ample options to choose from for the prospective travellers as suggested by no other than fellow travellers themselves. That’s what makes these TripAdvisor lists always interesting. What more is interesting about this particular list is that though we consider good Hill Stations as normally located in Himalayan region, here second, third and fourth in the list are all located in southern part of India.

The Regent Hillside_resort
The Regent Hillside Resort

Owned by Oberoi group and situated 8,250 feet above in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairy tale luxury resort set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former residence of Lord Kitchener, Wildflower Hall recreates the grand style of the colonial era.  Second in the list is The Regent Hill Side Resort at Yeracud. This one too is a British era resort and retains some of the old charm. It was the first hotel in Yercaud, this colonial building was built in 1860. Very small in comaparison to Wildflower Hall, has just four suites and a villa.

Niraamaya Spice Club
Niraamaya Spice Club

Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club Thekkady in the spice land of India is third. From a villa perched amidst acres of cardamom plantations, here room window serves as a gateway to the exotic wildlife of Thekkady. Birds of all colours, creeds and calls dwell in the majestic trees that surround the resort. Orange Country Resorts, Kabini located in Nagarhole National Park is fourth. Listed in National Geographic’s 25 best ecolodges in world  this resort gives you a wildlife experience like no other. Inspired in design by the Hadis or tribal villages, this picturesque resort of sweeping panoramic vistas, is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River.

Orange Country Resorts, Kabini
Orange Country Resorts, Kabini

Next two places again go to Shimla region. Fifth is Mahasu House at Mashobra considered to be haven for those wishing to get away from the hustle bustle of daily life and experience nature on a grand scale. Mahasu House offers an opportunity to escape into the Himalayan wilderness, bask in personalized hospitality and completely rejuvenate the soul. Located at an altitude of 2400 metres (8000 feet) above sea level, Mahasu House is a 45 minute drive from Shimla. Sixth is another of Oberoi  property in Shimla The Oberoi Cecil. Oberoi Cecil is a Grand Heritage hotel, a part of Shimla’s rich colonial history. Built in 1884 as a Himalayan hill station, the hotel has been extensively renovated and reopened in 1997.

Ladakh Sarai at Leh
Ladakh Sarai at Leh

Next one is also from Himachal Pradesh- Grand View in Dalhousie. At number eight is Atali in Rishikesh. Number 9 and 10 are two hotels from Manali- Park Residency Hotel and Snow Peak Retreat. List again moves to South as number 11 is The Fern Creek at Kodaikanal and then Vivanta by Taj at Madikeri. The Fern Creek is at the heart of picturesque Kodaikanal on the Palani hills in South India. Miles away from the dust, grime and noise of urban living. Again, this one too is a British era summer retreat. A magical, romantic getaway tucked away in an oasis of lush greenery. One of the most exotic resorts in Leh Ladakh Sarai is number 13. Perched above the raging Indus River and resting quietly below the massive Ladakh Range exists a peaceful green oasis – the serene grounds of the Ladakh Sarai. The Sarai is Ladakh’s premier eco resort, a tribe of 14 yurt-style bungalows nestled in a beautiful grove of willow, poplar, apricot and apple trees. Shimla gets another entry in the list through Chapslee Palace. Evocative of a bygone era, Chapslee, formerly the summer residence of the late Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala, is now a small, exclusive Hotel. Built in 1835, Chapslee was acquired by Lord Auckland, then Governor General of the East India Company.

Ganga Kinare- A Riverside Boutique Hotel
Ganga Kinare- A Riverside Boutique Hotel

Increasingly getting popular Ganga Kinare- A riverside Boutique Hotel at Rishikesh completes the list. The 38 splendid river facing rooms here are a sheer bliss for those looking for peace, tranquility and splendor. Beyond the wildlife safari, the hotel also has in store an array of adventure activities like mountain biking, trekking and river rafting in the Ganges. Owing to the hotel’s strategic location, the lush and bountiful Rajaji National Park is just a boat ride away from its private bank.